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Saturday 10th August Fish + Chip Supper
@ Chinnor + Princes Risborough Railway was enjoyed by 15 people, and although we did not win the prize in the quiz it was enjoyed by all who took part


The Society recently visited the


at Toddington, and were treated to a tour of the carriage works. Read more about the reip in the September issue of Bufferstop

Many thanks to the GWR and the people who made the day special for us.

Photo of P+O 35006 (right).



Special category for 2019 Photographic Competition was BLACK + WHITE

See The 2019 set of winning photos here

See the 2018 set of winning photos here

See the 2017 set of winning photos here

See the 2016 set of winning photos here

See the 2015 set of Winning photos here




Society Trip to Garden and Woodlands Railway – 27th July 2014
27 July was a great day for being in the garden writes Chris Brennan, particularly if you were in a garden about the size of a football pitch and it contained a 7 ¼ inch gauge railway on which some magnificent Great Western prototype live steam locomotives were operating! This was our Trip to the Operating Day of the late Ted Martin’s Garden and Woodlands Railway in Thame. About 18 ORS members and guests attended together with other visitors.
There were several locomotives in steam, including Kings and Castles and not only could you watch the trains but you could enjoy a ride on a double-headed passenger train by sitting on top of one of 4 carriages. This gave a 5-10 minute trip looping round the garden on embankments, bridges and through cuttings and tunnels.
Ted Martin had tirelessly built most of the infrastructure himself since the 1970s and had plans to further extend the layout including two more bridges, but his death in 2010 sadly meant this wasn't’t to be. Grateful thanks go to Mrs Martin for allowing Ted’s legacy to be enjoyed by others and to her team of helpers who supplied tea and cakes, and to the drivers and engineers who came from as far afield as Devon to run the trains.


Words and photographs by Brian Higgins

On Saturday 6th September a group of nine Society Members took part in the second summer outing this year arranged by Stuart Hickman. On this occasion it was a visit to the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway for the “Small Engines Steam Up”. This fulfilled a personal promise that has always got pushed aside.
The sun shone for all of us to enjoy the day at this unusual little railway starting at its Southern terminus ‘Pages Park’ with a walk around the engine shed show, which opened in 2013. This houses some of their historic locomotive collection and a display of history boards. The largest of these locos is No.778, a 4-6-0 PT built at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1917 for the War Department Light Railways.
The Leighton Buzzard 2 foot gauge railway was built in 1919 to transport sand from the local quarries, and continued in operation for that purpose up to the mid-1960s. The line travels north for almost 3 miles to ‘Stonehenge Works’, close to the now-disused quarries. There were seven locomotives in steam for the day, and the train we boarded was hauled by loco No.11 “P.C.Allen”, built by Orenstein & Koppel in 1913. We set off, passing some very active Croquet Greens on the left, then on through modern housing built since the ‘70s, before halting at Leedon Loop to wait for the southbound service to pass, which in this case was two log bogies hauled by a 0-4-0T built by W. G. Bagnall named “Woto”. There are a couple of unguarded road crossings on the way where the guard and fireman have to de-train to stop the traffic whilst the train passes over the road and then re-board to continue. The last stretch of the route is in open country to Stonehenge Works, the whole journey taking approximately 25 minutes.
A hefty 0-4-0T No.9 “Jack” built by Andrew Barclay in 1925, visiting from the West Lancashire Railway, was on pilot duty at the station, and on show is a vast collection of internal combustion locos built by the Motor Rail Company and one or two by Simplex, some of which were used on the line in the past. There were also a couple of Ruston excavators that used to load sand into the wagons.
During the afternoon a mixture of locos were employed on the train service, some of them double-headed. Working on a freight was a very smartly turned out vertical boiler 0-4-0 No.2 “Paddy” from the Chartley Gypsum Mines, No.3 “Risha” by Baguley Cars Ltd.,built in 1921 and originating from India, which was coupled to No.1 “Chaloner” vertical boiler built in 1877. Another pair working together were a 1922 Kerr Stuart 0-4-0ST No.9 “Peter Pan” and a 2005 Hunslet No.3905 “Jennie”.
Altogether it was an interesting day out observing some historic machinery, examples of which had played a part in WW1, and in the centenary year of the War it was gratifying to see the engines now adapted for peaceful purposes.


The society visited the Mid Hants railway this year, on a gloriously sunny day in June. The members were treated to a fascinating conducted tour of the facilities, and given an insight into the future plans for the line. Some fantastic engineering is done in the works at Ropley, and we can all see some of their work output, at work on both the preserved and main lines of the country.

The loco in use on our visit was Southern Railway Schools no 925 Cheltenham, which has recently returned from the Gloucester Warwick Railway, where it is thought it made it's first visit to Cheltenham.

825 Cheltenham approaches at Alresford whilst several members wait for the ride to begin.



The society visited the Great Central Railway on Wednesday 27th June 2012, and enjoyed a conducted tour of the engine shed and workshops. It is amazing what can be achieved by a small dedicated group of enthusiasts, with just a few paid staff. We saw work being carried out on a boiler with some fairly extensive welding going on whilst we were there, also there was a new throat plate being fabricated.

We were also told about the distinct possibility that a bridge would be built over the A6 just to the north of the Loughborough site, allowing some commercial traffic to use the line. This would be of benefit to the line, but also to Railtrack, the commercial firm involved and the cal economy. It could mean a line of about18 miles linking the northern outskirts of Leicester to the southern outskirts of Nottingham, where a tram interchange could situated.

We enjoyed two round trips on the line, and several of us took the opportunity to sample the lines renowned 'ALL DAY BREAKFAST', whilst being steam hauled along the only double track preserved line in the country. Unfortunately engineering work on the line prevented us from getting to Leicester north, the Southern terminus of the line, but it allowed us time to visit the carriage works at Rothley, where the enthusiasts restoring some BR Mk1 carriages were only too pleased to stop for a few minutes to tell us what they were doing. They have just finished restoring a 1930's Teak pigeon bogie vehicle, which looked magnificent.




81F the Societies journal for 2018 is now available in full colour.

92 pages including Banbury 1967, Rescued from Barry, Rail travels through Vietnam and Cambodia, Austrian narrow Gauge, The Weymouth Wanderer, a trip with the GWS Vintage Carriages, Hagermans Pass, On Maps and Moors (North Yorkshire) and many more.


It costs £3 plus £1 post and packing if required.

Contact the secretary if you would like a copy.






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