New 17-metre servicing pit bolsters Chinnor as main line destination

By Phil Marsh

THE Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway has completed its new locomotive and stock servicing pit – making the heritage line an even more attractive destination for main line charters.

The lack of this vital piece of infrastructure was identified as a top priority after the railway’s main line connection was commissioned 18 months ago and despite a last minute snag, was made available in December.

Chinnor’s pit being fettled for use on November 10. PHIL MARSH

The 17-metre pit at Chinnor represents a substantial investment by the railway and follows the opening of its main line interchange station at Princes Risborough on August 15, as reported in issue 245.

A two-month delay in completing the pit was caused by the discovery of high-voltage power cables near the pit, after official plans had shown there were none.

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