Trains return to Chinnor after 57-year delay

John Howell MP waves the train off from Chinnor
John Howell MP waves the train off from Chinnor

Trains have run between Chinnor and Princes Risborough for the first time in 57 years as part of a special three-week initiative.

John Howell MP waved the train off from Chinnor, which had been able to traverse the line after three organisations pulled out the stops, joining up the two tracks just outside Princes Risborough and building a new platform there.

These services, which ran last weekend and are in operation the next two weekends, are allowing visitors to travel by train to Chinnor to celebrate the 60th birthday of resident locomotive Haversham.

This was used to shunt the royal train at Wolverton railway works and has been based at the Chinnor Railway for 21 years.

Mr Howell said: “This was an excellent initiative which did much to promote Chinnor.

“As one of the largest villages in the constituency it deserves to have a link by train to the mainline and it is good to see this attempt being made to test this out.

“It was all great fun and I much enjoyed waving the green flag to set the train off on its return journey to Princes Risborough.”

The services have been made possible by work by volunteer group Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, Chiltern Railways and Network Rail.

The Princes Risborough Heritage Society, Sustrans, High Wycombe Model Engineers and the Chiltern Conservation Board have also been involved in the celebrations.

For more information on the services being put on over the next two weekends and to find out how to buy tickets visit the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway website.