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All aboard for historic train ride
AFTER a gap of 57 years passengers were able to travel from Princes Risborough to Chinnor on Saturday.
The track between the town and village was disconnected after trains stopped using the line.
But Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, which is volunteer operated, Chiltern Railways and Network Rail worked together to reopen the line again.
On Saturday dignitaries turned out to celebrate including MP John Bercow, Mayor of Princes Risborough, Alan Turner and Chairman of Wycombe District Council, Ian McEnnis.
Volunteer Les Mott said: "All the dignitaries turned up and it all went off well. "We are only running these three weekends on the Saturday to see what response we get.
"Hopefully in the future it is a portent of things to come."
Rob Brighouse, MD of Chiltern Railways, Roger Fagg, chairman of the Chinnor Railway and Tom Hunter-Watts, Mayor of Aylesbury was also there to celebrate on Saturday.
Passenger services from Risborough to Chinnor stopped in the 50s but stayed open for freight trains to Chinnor Cement Works until 1990 when the line was closed.
The line was taken over by the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway but disconnected from the mainline On Saturday trains ran between the two stations and will again this Saturday and next Saturday.
Cllr Turner said: "It was a really good event. There were hundreds of people there- mostly trainspotters but some families.
"It was a very historic occasion. It was the first time the two stations have been linked in over 50 years. Chiltern Railways will be operating the trains which go to Princes Risborough on Saturday and October 19 using one of their Class 121 trains, nicknamed bubble cars.
The train company have two of these trains, that they use for passenger services between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury.
They were built in 1960 and are the only ones of their kind still in regular passenger use on the UK mainline railway. There is a journey straight from Aylesbury to Chinnor this Saturday in the morning and one back in the evening.
There are also events at the station on Sunday. For full details go to www.chinnorrailway.co.uk
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