About the Diesel Gala
Chinnor is a village and civil parish situated about 20 miles east of Oxford and adjacent to the Chiltern Hills. Oscar Wilde and T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) both attended the nearby renowned Oxford University but Chinnor can boast of being the birthplace of musician Adam Clayton, bassist of the rock band U2, who was born in Chinnor in 1960. He is lucky to still be alive and attend the Easter Steam event at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway if he can take time away from touring with U2.
The trains and train rides are the 'show' as visitors will embark upon a journey filled with scenic bridges and locations where a Romano-British Villa once stood. Photographers will have the opportunity to capture images of the railway from unique perspectives found nowhere else.
Your Easter Sunday Cream Teas ride will include your choice of freshly brewed tea or coffee plus cones with jam and butter plus Rhodda's Clotted Cream, all nicely served on GWR Hotels crockery. Hot chocolate for kids will be served as well. Other Easter train rides with their own unique offerings include the Steam & Elevenses and the Steam Observer Experiences. And if you can’t make it for Easter, come another day and join in on the other dining and evening events. Solve a murder on a Murder Mystery Night or even take over the controls on a Driver Experience Course, both great events hosted by the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
A footpath that runs along the train’s route is supposedly the same path that William the Conqueror took in the 11th century on his way to London. The original railway ran from 1872 until 1957 as a passenger train. In 1990 the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Association took over to begin the restoration process.
Entry To The Event
Each event is unique, and thus the fares and times of departure for the trains will vary. The Easter Steam Event usually begins with the first train from Chinnor departing at 10:45 a.m. but when you book your seat, be sure to check the timetable so you don’t miss your train.
Somewhere to Stay in Oxfordshire
Those staying in Chinnor for the Easter Weekend will not lack for lodging. The railway website has a listing of nearby hotels and B&Bs, plus there are many options as you head toward Oxford that will fit any budget. Campers and Caravaners will be able to camp or 'glamp' in nearby Chiltern Hills, an Area of Natural Beauty or AONB.
Getting To Chinnor Station
Drivers arriving from Oxford will take the A40 to the M40 and head in a south-easterly direction. At Junction 6 head in a north-easterly direction on the B4009 into the town of Chinnor. Look for The Crown pub and make a right turn onto Station Road, to Hill road, and to a roundabout where Kiln Avenue to the right takes you to your destination. Londoners will also approach from the M40 from the opposite direction and take Junction 5 heading northwest onto the A40. At Kingston Hill, make a right turn and stay on it till the road meets up with the B4009, where you can drive and meet some buddies at The Crown before heading to the Easter Steam event.
Other Things To Do Around Station Road
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is a must-see for those who want to see dinosaurs and need to find out where the term 'monkey’s uncle' originated. (Spoiler alert: It was from a speech by Samuel Wilberforce in 1860 attacking Darwin’s theory of evolution). If 16th-century Protestant martyrs interest you, be sure to visit the Martyrs’ Memorial, also in Oxford.
Nonservice dogs are welcome except in areas where food is being served. Disabled folks who use wheelchairs are urged to discuss their situation with the Railway for any accessibility issues. For everyone else, put down that smartphone and your U2 music, and enjoy a fantastic Easter Sunday on the trains.
When is the next Diesel Gala?
The Diesel Gala is planned to take place at Chinnor Station, Station Approach, Station Road, Chinnor, Oxfordshire, OX39 4BZ, Friday 27th March, 2020. This is a Weekend Railway Event.
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