By Phil Marsh
THE 100%-volunteer operated Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway used the winter 75-day gap in passenger services to carry out a huge programme of infrastructure work – including trackwork for the main line interchange platform.
Two major pieces of work completed have removed a speed restriction on the main running line a mile out from Princes Risborough, while the interchange project there has moved into its final phase.
Between January 22 and February 26 the midweek permanent way team – supplemented by train crew – worked for 17 days on the largest track renewal project that the heritage line has carried out.
Around 220 yards of poor quality wooden-sleepered track with a 15mph speed restriction was replaced with a new formation and track relaid on concrete sleepers with a 25mph line speed. The final day saw the collection and removal of all the replaced wooden sleepers as the first snow showers arrived.
This track relaying was made possible by the C&PRR purchasing a road-rail vehicle late last year, its largest plant and machinery purchase. This vehicle will now be used at Princes Risborough following the relocation of 250 yards of track between 3-5am on Sunday, March 11.
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