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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 97 - April 2007

Times Past

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Reproduced by kind permission of Leicestershire County Council Archivist

A selection of pictures recording the history of Quainton Road in 1935

Looking south towards Quainton Road Station, Buckinghamshire. This marked the point at which the Great Central's London Extension linked up with the Metropolitan Railway, the latter having given permission for the new mainline to use part of its existing network for its route into the capital. In addition to the two mainline platforms that are connected by the pedestrian bridge, there is a third on the right of the picture at the junction of the Brill branch (originally called the Wotton Tramway), a 6-mile line completed in 1872. Just visible standing at the Brill platform and pulling a mixed cargo is the 4-4-0T Metropolitan A-Class locomotive No. 41 (works no. 865), one of 6 A Class engines built by Beyer Peacock in 1869. Reproduced by kind permission of Leicestershire County Council Archivist.

Another fine view of Quainton Road from the London Transport Collection, taken in 1935 [below]

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Reproduced by kind permission of London Transport Collection

BELOW LEFT: Looking south along a section of contractor's temporary railway towards the girder bridge that brought a road over the Last Main Line just north of Quainton Road Station. The brick arch bridge on the left spanned the Metropolitan Railway's service from Verney Junction. As the Great Central had chosen to use the existing Metropolitan route as the path into the capital for their new London Extension, the two lines merged shortly after passing under these bridges.

BELOW RIGHT: Looking towards Aylesbury.

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SWA Newton circa 1897 - Reproduced by kind permission of Leicestershire County Council Archivist.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 2007 and so does not reflect events in the 7+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Times Past - Quainton News No. 97 - April 2007

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