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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.
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
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.
suitable facilities for restoration, maintenance and demonstration of
the centres working exhibits.
To provide high
quality facilities to effectively store and display our exhibits with
appropriate information and interpretation so as to ensure their
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