Princes Risborough main line interchange opening

THE Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is to start running public services in and out of its new main line interchange station on Wednesday, August 15.

On that day, the 100% volunteer-operated heritage line will become the nearest with a main line connection to London, just under 25 miles and 40 minutes from Marylebone.

The inaugural train into the cross-platform interchange, hauled by GWR 2-6-2T No. 5526 on loan from the South Devon Railway, will be for guests who have supported the project, such as the Department for Transport which made a £75,000 grant in August 2016, Network Rail and Chiltern Railways.

Flying Scotsman calls at Princes Risborough with a Steam Dreams charter on May 31. The new platform 4 can be seen to the right. PHIL MARSH

Public services will operate in the afternoon of August 15 from the newly-restored Princes Risborough platform running as ‘The Watlington Flyer’, the local name for the service in GWR and BR days, travelling non-stop for around 15 minutes each way for the four-mile trip in each direction. Tickets, which will be sold only in advance at the normal online price, will be valid for one return journey between Princes Risborough and Chinnor or vice versa, and will go on sale in July at www.chinnorrailway.co.uk

Until August 15, trains will operate only between Chinnor and Thame Junction, enabling the final track alterations to be carried out at Princes Risborough. Summer Thursday steaming services on August 16, 23 and 30 will also operate to only Thame Junction.

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