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Metroland and Quainton – Sunday


Two Dates: Sunday 25 August and Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2019

These are the dates of a major gala event at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Road, celebrating 50 years since its foundation. The promise is that every available locomotive will be in steam, including Met 1 and 6989 Wightwick Hall, with many other attractions besides.

On each of the two days, we will be running a railtour using the popular London Transport red-liveried 4TC (Class 438) unit. Motive power – subject to the usual caveat – will be a Class 33 at one end of the train and a pair of Class 20s at the other.

Loco-hauled railtours in and out of London Marylebone are relatively rare, but what will make these two tours so remarkable is that we leave the capital not via the Chiltern route but – by very special agreement with London Underground Ltd – via Harrow-on-the-Hill and the Metropolitan Line.  We climb steadily through Rickmansworth and Amersham, topping Dutchlands Summit before descending through Great Missenden to Aylesbury.

We are soon on freight-only single-track, heading towards the neatly restored wayside station of Quainton Road. The station lost its regular passenger services over half a century ago, prior to the closure of much of the Great Central Main Line.

Here there will be a quick photo opportunity before rejoining the train and heading back through Aylesbury and Rickmansworth. We then take the little-used Watford North Curve to head through Croxley to the terminus at Watford (Met), which is threatened with closure at some point in the future with services diverted via a new link to Watford High Street and Watford Junction.  After reversal we retrace our steps via the Watford North Curve to Quainton Road.

This time we take a longer break of over an hour before heading back to London Marylebone, via Aylesbury, Amersham, and Sir John Betjeman’s Metroland.

The fares include the complete tour, including the middle journey to Watford (Met) and back, as well as entry to the Bucks Railway Centre at Quainton Road. Of course, should you prefer on the day, you could omit the journey to Watford and back, which would give you about four hours at the Quainton gala.

Please be aware that the train toilets will be locked out of use while we are on London Underground tracks.

ClassPriceAvailability
Standard Adult£84.50Nearly Full
Standard Junior£74.50Nearly Full
First Non-Dining£115.00Nearly Full

 All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

StationDepart Arrive
London Marylebone10.0517.50

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