How to be chuffed and really go loco

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Visitors to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre over the Bank Holiday weekend have the chance to be a driver, ride with a guard, check out the travelling Post Office coaches and see a display about the Great Train Robbery.

The Spring Steam Gala will also see visiting miniature locomotives as well as – on the Monday only – train connections from Marylebone to Aylesbury then onward to the Quainton Road centre with the Heritage Diesel Shuttle.

Facilities open over the weekend include the Rewley Road visitor centre with historic exhibits, gift shop and licensed refreshment rooms for hot and cold food and drinks; the museum and second hand book shop over the footbridge; and the travelling post office coaches which will be open from 1pm-4pm.

Visitors can watch films to see how moving mail by rail started, then visit the sorting coach to learn how post used to be sorted during the nightly journeys – and even have a go at sorting some mail.

To try your hand at being a driver will cost £10, riding with the guard costs £1.

There is no need to book, just buy a timed ticket on the day.

There will be plenty of miniature railway engines arriving from other clubs, offering an even wider choice of ride as they steam or diesel around the 1km circuit .

For more information, visit www.bucksrailcentre.org or telephone the centre on 01296 655450 or 01296 655720.