Vintage locomotion

Everyone loves a stream railway with their romantic notions of a less frenetic journey to somewhere where the sun is always shining and lashings of ginger beer are served with the glorious Chilterns-inspired picnic.

We are fortunate to have some of the best heritage railways in the country including narrow gauge and two railway centres. Steam Engine Leighton Buzzard Railway

Drive an engine or have a day out with Thomas: activities and exhibits at the 25-acre Bucks Railway Centre at Quainton are a magnificent tribute to the Golden Age of Steam. Scenic steam and diesel services on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway offer added attractions from Murder Mystery dining to harvest festivals in late summer. The heritage line was once part of the former Great Western Railway branch line between Watlington and Princes Risborough that was closed to traffic by British Railways in 1957. The section between Chinnor and Princes Risborough thereafter carried a freight-only cement service until 1989. Chinnor station has been used for the filming of various TV series including Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders.

Made from materials surplus to First World War battlefield supplies, the Leighton Buzzard Railway or 'BuzzRail' is one of the last surviving light railways built for industrial use. Enjoy its steam-hauled passenger rides and large collection of narrow-gauge stock. Volunteers are the Leighton Buzzard Railway have started to decommission the current station ready for demolition in early January 2016. The new station will provide all the facilities the railway needs, including office accommodation, retail and museum space and toilets. Meeting rooms will also be available for community use, all will be ready in time for the summer season ahead. 

Nicknamed The Bunk Line, Oxfordshire's Cholsey & Wallingford Railway runs its passenger services on steam and diesel hauled heritage trains.

Didcot Railway Centre has a unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics; and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway. Day out with Thomas and Peppa Pig steam rides are just some of the events on offer.

Interactive Map of the Chilterns

Interactive map featuring a host of things to do and places to visit