Cheddington to Aylesbury Line

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Cheddington to Aylesbury Line
To Bletchley
Cheddington
Aylesbury High Street
Marston Gate
West Coast Main Line
To London Euston
Aylesbury train at Cheddington on the Last Day
Last day of Cheddington branch

The Cheddington to Aylesbury Line, sometimes referred as the Aylesbury Railway was a railway line between the village of Cheddington and the major town of Aylesbury. The line had one intermediate station at Marston Gate and four level crossings – one at Park Street, one at Broughton and one at Marston Gate. The line formed a junction with the LNWR mainline at Cheddington. The terminus at Aylesbury was in the High Street and made no connection to the other railways in Aylesbury. The line was completed in 1839.

Operation

The Aylesbury Railway was independent, but was operated by the London and Birmingham Railway, (later the London and North Western Railway (LNWR)). A few years later it was absorbed fully into the LNWR, and the line is regarded as the world's first branch railway line.

Traffic

Until the late 19th century, the line was heavily used for the transportation of the famous Aylesbury duck from Aylesbury to London markets.

Closure

The line closed to passengers in 1953 and fully closed in 1963.

References

Further reading

  • Whishaw, Francis (1842). The Railways of Great Britain and Ireland Practically Described and Illustrated (2nd ed.). London: John Weale. pp. 10–13. OCLC 833076248. 

External links

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