Charity to benefit as first railtour prepares to use new Chinnor link

CHARITY fundraiser Dennis Barnes has spoken of his “excitement” after finalising plans to become the first railtour operator to access the Chinnor branch via the main line platform at Princes Risborough and the preserved railway’s new link with the national network.

Tanks for the memory: Ex-GWR 0-4-2T No. 1473 creates a smokescreen at Princes Risborough with the 2.25pm Aylesbury-High Wycombe autotrain on April 3, 1960. A charity railtour on October 1 will be the first charter to access the Chinnor branch from the station by way of a new link with the national network. NORMAN PREEDY
Tanks for the memory: Ex-GWR 0-4-2T No. 1473 creates a smokescreen at Princes Risborough with the 2.25pm Aylesbury-High Wycombe autotrain on April 3, 1960. A charity railtour on October 1 will be the first charter to access the Chinnor branch from the station by way of a new link with the national network. NORMAN PREEDY

Charity Railtours will run a special on October 1 from the south coast to little-used parts of the network in the Midlands, using Hastings Diesels’
six-coach former Charing Cross to Hastings line diesel-electric multiple unit ‘Thumper’ No. 1001.

Running as ‘The Wolverton Wanderer’, it starts at Hastings, reaches London via Tonbridge, and travels onwards to Princes Risborough and then onto the preserved branch to Chinnor.

Read more in the latest issue of Heritage Railway

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