Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Aylesbury

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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a railway museum operated by the Quainton Railway Society Ltd. at Quainton Road railway station, about west of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England. The site is divided into two halves which are joined by two foot-bridges, one of which provides wheelchair access. Each side has a demonstration line with various workshop buildings as well as museum buildings.HistoryIn 1962, the London Railway Preservation Society was formed. It bought a series of former London Underground vehicles and collectables, and holds the largest collection of London and North Western Railway memorabilia. These were held at various sites around London, mainly two government depots at Luton and Bishop's Stortford, making both access, restoration and preservation difficult.While other closed stations on the former MR lines north of were generally demolished or sold, in 1969 the Quainton Railway Society was formed to operate a working museum at the station. On 24 April 1971 the society absorbed the London Railway Preservation Society, taking custody of its collection of historic railway equipment.RestorationThe station was maintained in working order, used as a bookshop and ticket office. The extensive sidings were still intact, and although disconnected from the mainline in 1967, were used for locomotive restoration work. The Society eventually restored the main station building to its 1900 appearance, renaming the site the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. A smaller building on the former Brill platform, once a shelter for passengers waiting for Brill and down trains, was used first as a store then as a shop for a number of years before its current use to house an exhibit on the history of the Brill Tramway. A former London Transport building from Wembley Park was dismantled and re-erected at Quainton Road to serve as a maintenance shed.
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  • What a wonderful place this is. Staff were friendly and helpful. The site was so easy to go round with my wife, who was on this occasion on a mobility scooter, the whole site was accessed by scooter e...  more »
  • We've been here a few times before - its one of the better railway centres - lots of things to see - a very good museum, and a great outdoor model / miniature railway (an exhibit within the railway). ...  more »
  • Great place to spend a day, lots to see and do for all age groups, friendly atmosphere, the kind of place where one visit is not enough.  more »
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  • Great day out with young children. We've been there for the Thomas event with steam powered Thomas and Percy, all the kids were very happy and excited. Lots of trains to see, nice museum full of old trains and things. Very cute miniature trains, which offer rides. Nice cafe with decent homemade food on-site (sandwiches were filled very generously). You can bring your own food, there are picnic tables.
  • This museum is of a very good standard. The fact it has been done by volunteers makes it all the more impressive. I recently went to the National Railway Museum in York, and while Quainton doesn't possess large locos it makes up for it with a greater​ variety of rolling stock. I also loved the station, where I really got the feeling I was stepping back in time to an earlier era. The main entrance hall, with restaurant and gift shop was also very good, and includes an historical timeline of the railways and local line. There are several carriages on display here too, one converted into a small auditorium showing old film of the line and stations on it. I also went on the footplate of the loco Defiant here. One of the volunteers dressed as a train driver was on hand to explain how the loco was operated and answered my questions in a very informative way. More generally, the site is step free, with a lift to the new bridge to go over to the museum in the goods yard. This forms part of a circular walk around the entire site, which is around 500m in total. There are plenty of toilets in the various areas of the site, and a good sized level car park. The steam train ride is a bit short, but great for kids. Shame they can't use the main line through the station down to Aylesbury. This is a great place to visit. Allow at least two hours to rush round or a lot longer for a more in depth experience.
  • Our 1.5 year old son was mesmerized by all of the trains, train ride and mini train ride. People are down to earth, friendly and helpful. I recommend this place even if you are not a train fan. The museum and detailed understanding of the volunteers made it interesting for us parents to learn something new. I learnt that trains used to have a big scooper to collect water when it was running out. Also it is very affordable for what you get. We will go back.
  • Lovely place for train lovers( steam& diesel), good museum, lots of train restoration going on. Good variety of events all year. Friendly, helpful people!
  • My kids loves it, Thomas the Tank Engine ride was a little short bit had santa on board so made up for it a little. The magician was entertaining and the cafe was good.

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