Omg we had the most amazing day out at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, we did not want to leave! This place is perfect for transport fans of all ages, and a lot of it is outdoors and spaced out, meaning it’s very easy to social distance here.
The kids were given quiz sheets, which doubled as a handy guide telling you the order to walk through the centre – as it is BIG! Good walking exercise in beautiful surroundings. Don’t worry, there are lots of benches around for rests ☺️
We started off with lunch in the transport-themed cafe. Staff were sanitising tables after each guest left. The loos and gift shop are here too.
This railway centre is based in a little village called Quainton, just after Aylesbury. The old Quainton Road train station building is still here, and was actually a London Underground stop – yes the Met line used to come all the way out here in the old days!
In the museum are lots of London Underground signs, maps, trains. Tyler tells me that this became the Chiltern Line, he learnt that from Geoff Marshall (of course 😅).
We visited on a Steam Gala day, so there were steam train rides all day. The carriages were sanitised in between each ride, and each household got their own compartment, so we really could relax and enjoy the ride.
We also went on the best miniature railway ride we’ve ever been on (and we’ve been on a lot!) It was a good length with lots of surprises to spot in the grass while we were whizzing by. Afterwards we had snacks in the picnic area.
Did I mention the red vintage Royal Mail train? It used to be the travelling post office.
Our day ended with ice creams, and a souvenir from the gift shop.
The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is open every Sunday, and in school holidays they also open on Wednesdays. Totally worth a visit!
📍Station Road, Quainton HP22 4BY
⏰ Open 10.30am – 5pm
☕️ Cafe and loos on site, eating areas inside and outside
🍼 Note there are stairs on the footbridges
🕰 Time spent – 5 hours
📱Book online at: www.bucksrailcentre.org
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