Final push underway to complete Princes Risborough new track

By Phil Marsh

THE Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is working round the clock to have its new northern terminus operational in time for its palled official opening on August 15.

The running line used for heritage services for the last two years into Princes Risborough was severed adjacent to Princes Risborough North Box on June 25.

As a result, the works train and two locomotives have been isolated in Princes Risborough South sidings and the new track in Platform 4.

New trackwork installation underway at Princes Risborough in readiness for the August 15 official opening. PHIL MARSH

Public trains will not be able to serve Princes Risborough until August 15, with trains in the meantime running to Thame Junction, as they have done for the last 25 years or so.

The line’s severance marked the start of the final but crucial phase of linking the new platform at Princes Risborough to the former Thame branch and Chinnor station four miles away.

This phase coincided with extreme heat and has seen volunteers working on the major track alterations seven days a week.

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