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Celebration Steam Run to Mark 100 Years of the Great Central and Great Western Joint Line from London to High Wycombe

Chiltern Railways in Association with Vintage Trains ran a number of steam hauled services between London Marylebone and High Wycombe on the weekend of 1st and 2nd April 2006. The trains were to mark 100 years of the Great Central and Great Western Joint Line between London and High Wycombe. The line was built by the two companies to provide an alternative route for the Great Central out of London (their existing route being to share the Metropolitan Railway route via Amersham and Aylesbury) and to provide a more direct route for the Great Western services to Birmingham.

Beaconfield
The 13:58 service from High Wycombe to Marylebone arrives at Beaconsfield on 02/04/06.
The train was led by 8F number 48151
The train was top and tailed with 'Jubilee' 5XP 5960 Leander pushing from the back as the service leaves Beaconsfield>

Out of interest, the above pictures clearly show the wide gap between the gaps at Beaconsfield. When the line was originally built, there were fast lines through the station where the gap now is. these lines were removed in the 1970s as the line was wound down from being a main line. There was a proposal to re introduce the fast lines to enable fast Chiltern services to overtake slow trains, but instead the alignment of the tracks through the station was improved to allow for faster running. At Gerrards Cross, the station has been remodelled with one of the platforms being sited on where the fast lines through that station used to be


I am grateful to Martyn Loach for the below pictures also taken at Beaconsfield


Picture courtesy of Martyn Loach

Picture courtesy of Martyn Loach

Picture courtesy of Martyn Loach

Picture courtesy of Martyn Loach

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