On the Monday 7th May (Bank Holiday) we visited the Buckingham Railway Centre.
Like our trip to the Chinnor railway it turned out to be a special day in that this was the last time that Chiltern Railways would be running their DMU service between Quainton Road and Aylesbury. Needless to say, we had a ride down to Aylesbury and back.
As I understand it the reason this was the last ever rail link between Aylesbury and the Buckingham Railway Centre is due to the work progressing in re-opening Winslow station. The line through Quainton Road is currently only for freight, but this is now being upgraded for passenger use. It is proposed that the track through Quainton Road will be doubled. This will necessitate the platform with the station on to have its width reduced. To protect people on Quainton Road station from passing trains a security fence is to be built along the platform edges. This will have to be done sympathetically as Quainton Road station is a Grade II listed building. Here is an opportunity to connect the Buckingham Railway Centre with the main rail network and they don’t seem to be pursuing this.