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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre


Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: A fun day out for all the family! 

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th 
February 2017 - The National Living History Fayre!
There will be a special market here this weekend - it would make a very interesting visit to The Railway! Adult entry £3, children free. (No train rides but lots to see... read on!)
The National Living History Fayre is a specialist market providing everything that the historical re-enactor or live action role-player needs for their hobby, from costumes to equipment. There will be a huge variety of things for sale from authentically style medieval tents made from linen canvas (cotton wasn't around then), swords and other weapons, chain-maille and plate armour, clothing for various periods from Viking, Medieval and Roman times through Victorian, jewellery and other accessories, shoes, longbows, crossbows, arrows, woollen and linen clothes, leather hides and sheepskins, the list is endless. There will be traders in the Visitor Centre, and the Museum, as well as in tents. It attracts traders from far and near, this time round we have traders from Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic, and Latvia. We also have Ferret racing to raise funds for a Northampton-based ferreet rescue charity. Whilst the trains will not be running, the visitor centre, museum, shop and cafe will all be open, and visitors are welcome to wander the site at their leisure.

We re-open for the season on Sunday 2nd April!
We have Steaming Days offering steam train rides every Sunday throughout the season starting Sunday 2nd April.
See below for details of the other days when we are open and what we offer on those days.

Exciting News: ‘Cornwall’ coming to Quainton!

It was with some sadness that Buckinghamshire Railway Centre announced the imminent departure of Castle Class 4-6-0 No. 5080 Defiant, due to its return to Tysley for proposed overhaul to mainline standards. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and we are now thrilled to announce that we have found a replacement! LNWR 2-2-2 tender loco No. 3020 ‘Cornwall’ is coming to Quainton in April on loan from The National Railway Museum. Built in 1847, ‘Cornwall’ will be displayed alongside two LNWR liveried carriages and will take pride of place in our stunning ‘Rewley Road’ Visitor Centre. Rather appropriately, the building was also built by LNWR in the centre of Oxford, before being relocated to the Quainton site. ‘Cornwall’ will hopefully be with us for approximately two years. We are thrilled to be welcoming such a stunning locomotive to our collection, and it is anticipated that the change-over will take place sometime in April, in perfect timing for our Annual Spring Steam Gala on Sunday 30th April and Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017. We warmly invite everyone to come that weekend and admire the engine in its new location! 

We are also pleased to announce that we have tender loco T9 30120 'Greyhound' making a special guest appearance at our Spring Steam Gala, by kind permission of the National Railway Museum and Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

NEW FOR 2017 - The Vintage Cinema!
Come and see 'Paddington' @ The Railway - Monday 3rd April 8.10pm - Meet Paddington Bear himself and enjoy free marmalade sandwiches!
Or watch 'Back to the Future' - Tuesday 4th April 8.15pm
Visit: to book tickets

Make their dreams come true! Thomas will be back at Quainton for Easter!
Got a little Thomas fan in the house, but never seen the real, full-size Thomas steam engine pictured above? Why not treat them to a trip to see Thomas the Tank Engine at Quainton this Easter!
    Thomas is coming for the four days of Easter: Good Friday 14th April until Easter Monday 17th April. Pre-booking is now open - click here!
Never seen Thomas at Quainton before? Here's what you can expect if you come this Easter: (and it's all included in your ticket price - even the face painting!)
Unlimited rides on a train pulled by Thomas himself (like in the photo above)!
Meet the Fat Controller and receive a certificate from him
Ride on our miniature steam railway (pictured below)
Unlimited rides on Percy the Small Engine (hopefully - he's been a bit poorly lately!)
A live children's entertainment show
Face painting
Badge making and colouring
All these activities are included in your ticket price! Pre-booking is now open - click here!

Types of Open Days at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre 
Steaming Days:
Our standard Steaming Days are every Sunday from April 2nd until 29th October... (we are open other days too, see below for more information!) We open from 10.30am - 5pm on Sundays. (Last admissions one hour before closing).

Steaming Days are our normal, working open days - every Sunday from April 2nd to October 29th, and Wednesdays during the school holidays (April 5th & 12th, May 31st, then July 12th-August 30th, and October 25th). On our Steaming Days you get unlimited free steam train rides on our 1/3 mile length of track! There are lots of other engines, coaches and carriages on display to see and learn about - some are newly restored and others are awaiting restoration. Take a trip (£1 per person age 3+) on our 1km long, ride-on miniature steam railway  pictured below (a delight for the children - but the adults love it too!) and visit our extensive museum. We also have a beautiful glass-roofed visitor centre with more to see, including meticulously restored engines and carriages from times past. We also have a shop and cafe, selling hot and cold food, drinks and snacks, a big (free) on-site car park, four lots of toilets around the site, two footbridges (one with disabled access) and plenty of picnic areas... Come and spend the day with us!

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