Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Forward Plan 2015-2018


Name of governing body: Board of Trustees – Quainton Railway Society Limited

Date this Forward Plan was approved: 8th November 2014

Date this Forward Plan will be reviewed: 8th November 2015

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The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a railway museum established in 1969 at Quainton Road station, 5 miles (8 kilometres) north west of Aylesbury, by the London Railway Preservation Society. They had been collecting historical railway equipment since 1962, which was stored in Luton and Bishop's Stortford. The Society needed a base and eventually chose Quainton as being most suitable for its needs. In 1971 the London Railway Preservation Society was incorporated into the newly formed Quainton Railway Society Ltd under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965. The Society is answerable to the Charity Commissioners although it is not, currently, registered as a charity.

The museum occupies a 25 acre site either side of the ex-Great Central and Metropolitan joint railway line, currently used by freight trains. It comprises 3 demonstration lines and a number of buildings containing engineering workshops, storage for rolling stock, a permanent exhibition of railway memorabilia, and a library. The Centre is fully accessible to all users. In 2002 a Grade 2 listed station building was moved from Rewley Road in Oxford and rebuilt on site as a Visitor Centre housing the administration office, a shop, café and meeting room.

The museum is open from March to October with additional seasonal openings, and operates trains on Sundays and Bank Holidays and certain week days during school holidays. The centre is also open for static viewing from 10.30am – 4.30pm Tuesday – Thursday.

We also offer corporate event hire and private hire.

Statement of Purpose

The aims of the Quainton Railway Society are:

  • To develop and maintain the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre as a working railway museum for the benefit, enjoyment and education of our users.

  • To provide suitable facilities for restoration, maintenance and demonstration of the centre’s working exhibits.

  • To provide high quality facilities to effectively store and display our exhibits with appropriate information and interpretation so as to ensure their permanent preservation.

  • To fully document and archive material relevant to our exhibits and artefacts.

Our Mission Statement:

“To be a leading working heritage railway museum, by providing a high level of activity, general interest and interpretation, appealing to a diverse audience“