Last stop for steam trains before repair work

William Beard, 11, stokes the boiler of a steam engine watched by volunteer fireman Phil Marsh

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STEAM trains at Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway have stopped chugging along the railway lines while work is carried out on the tracks and trains.

The railway celebrated its final two running days on Sunday and Monday with a Christmas special of mince pies for all.

It will open again on Mothering Sunday, March 10, after essential maintenance work on locomotives and three-and-a-half miles of railway tracks.

Among the last of the visitors for 2012 was 10-year-old train fan William Beard and his mum Vicky from Hartley Wintney in Hampshire.

William said: “I really enjoyed it. So far I think I like the locomotives the best, and I’m looking forward to going to the signal box because I have been reading some books about signals.

“The engines are really nice and the carriages are quite comfortable.”

Chairman of the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, Roger Fagg, tucked into a mince pie and said it was a way to beat post-Christmas blues.

He said: “We have been having mince pies on the railway to say ‘go away post-Christmas blues.’ This is the end of our year now and the end of our Christmas celebrations.

“It really has been very busy and lovely. So many of the children have loved seeing Santa, and some of the adults too.”

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