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Chinnor Railway retirees reach end of the line

John Antell (left) is presented with an oil painting by Chinnor Railway chairman Roger Fagg in front of locomotive 1369. Picture: Phil Marsh

John Antell (left) is presented with an oil painting by Chinnor Railway chairman Roger Fagg in front of locomotive 1369. Picture: Phil Marsh

Two pillars of the Chinnor Railway, who have been with the line since it opened 20 years ago, have retired.

Heavy road haulage contractor John Antell, who has moved steam locomotives to and from the heritage line over the years, was presented with life membership of the railway and an oil painting to mark his retirement.

The presentation came on the same day that steam locomotive no.1369 was taken away to Devon after numerous visits to the Chinnor line.

Mr Antell said: “It has been my pleasure to bring these heavy vintage locomotives to and from the Chinnor Railway over many years.

“I shall look forward to visiting the line in my retirement and travelling on the trains, and what could be better than sitting in the afternoon tea car enjoying a cream tea, watching the steam lazily curling back over the train with fantastic views of the Chilterns all around you and the circling Red Kites as they follow the train.”

Locomotive 1369 could still come out of retirement one day, if repairs in Devon go to plan.

The railway’s chairman Roger Fagg presented Mr Antell with the membership and painting.

He said: “We are sorry to see both no.1369 and John Antell retire from our heritage line, but they both deserve a very well-earned rest.”

The Chinnor line runs along the foot of the Chilterns and is supported entirely by volunteers.

There are several special events throughout the year along with regular heritage services.

Find out more at www.chinnorrailway.co.uk

 

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