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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 very good day out. The staff were great. and the visitors centre was very interesting and very well laid out. You do not have to be a rail way nut to enjoy this there is plenty to do an...  more »
  • Visited on a 'vintage steam day' (although the loco in use didn't look particularly vintage), wide variety of trains to look at and a superb and very extensive miniature railway which can be ridden on...  more »
  • Having been on previous occasions, and been quite impressed, the visit today, during school half term time, was disappointing to say the least. I appreciate this was a 'non-running' day, but there was...  more »
  • Very interesting place with plenty to see including a restored Quainton Road station in LNER colours, a museum of memorabilia and a collection of carriages/wagons. The canteen sells down to earth but well priced food. There is a short steam train ride but this needs to be extended to be more interesting.
  • Got married here a year ago and was the best day of my life. Obviously earning itself 5 stars. Staff more than helpful with plans and useful contacts for your big day, and you are left to decorate the venue in anyway you desire. Beautiful location, and lots to explore.
  • Went here today on a "Thomas the tank engine" event. Unfortunately the place just isn't geared up for larger events like this. Queues for rides, food, etc were ridiculously long, and organisations poor. Probably better on non event days.
  • All the people who work there are REALLY nice people, all of which obviously love the engines and sharing it with others. Been loads of times totally worth it both my kids love it.
  • My son loved the Day Out With Thomas experience here with full size Thomas steam engine that you can ride on. Nice family day out on the site of the old Metropolitan Line station, Quainton Road.