By Phil Marsh
THE Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway and Heritage Railway have joined forces to offer readers the chance to take a historic hour-long eight-mile round trip between Chinnor and Princes Risborough aboard the now-unique 1907-built Great Western Railway steam railmotor No. 93 and trailer car No. 92.
These services will offer the first chance to ride on the complete steam auto-train (or Steam Multiple Unit) away from Didcot Railway Centre for a several years.
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The set will also become the first vintage train to operate on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway in its 23 years of running services.
Great Western Society owned, Didcot-based No. 93 and No. 92 will be operating (subject to Network Rail gauging) between June 29 and July 16 with the first date commemorating the 60th anniversary of the line, the former Watlington Branch, losing its regular passenger services.
Each day the train will be brought empty to the CPRR from Didcot by West Coast Railways, in a move made possible by considerable assistance from Network Rail planners. It will return at the end of each day. While No. 92 has operated on the main line before, this will be the first time it has run over the network with its trailer.
Read more in Issue 228 of HR – on sale now!