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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

The Wotton Tramway - a Letter from a Passenger

Mrs Dollery of Northolt writes :-

I have been keenly interested in the steam railway at Quainton Road, and have watched it growing since the first time my husband and myself visited the station with one of our grandsons, five years ago. Many more visits have been made since!

I read in your magazine that you would like to hear from people with memories of Quainton Road and the Brill branch when they were in use.

I used to travel from Harrow to Brill frequently with my mother to visit my grandmother, more than fifty years ago and I can recall the journey as if it were yesterday. It took nearly as long to go from Quainton Road to Brill as from Harrow to Quainton because the driver had to keep getting out to open the gates for level crossings. The train would then be taken through and stopped again for the gates to be closed behind it! My father also used to tell us many tales, as he used to visit Brill often from London.

It was a long walk up and down the hill from Brill to catch the 'Tram' as it was always called by the locals, and I remember as mother and I started down the hill, the smoke would be puffing from the engine and I was always frightened it would go without us.

We were sorry when it was closed in 1935 but the boys from Oxford College had a great time on the last run! Yours sincerely, Mrs Dollery.

(Many thanks, Mrs Dollery, you bring back the past years in a very happy way).

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1975 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ 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.

The Wotton Tramway - a Letter from a Passenger - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

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