FILM stars and elegant dining-coaches feature among the anecdotes in a new illustrated history of a once busy railway line.
Quainton Road station has drawn film and television producers since the 1960s, thanks to a faithful renovation of the station and its locomotives
A production of Sherlock Holmes starring veteran actors John Mills and Peter Cushing was filmed there, as well as scenes from Diamonds Are Forever, Dr Who, Spooks and Midsomer Murders and even a clip from a film depicting Charlie Chaplin.
Most memorably the mystery of India came to rural Bucks when Quainton became Premanagar Station in Granada TV’s 1982 series Jewel in the Crown. Until the start of the First World War, the line between Verney Junction and London boasted the first electronically hauled Pullman dining-coaches in Europe, which proved extremely popular with the Vale’s theatre-going classes.
In the late 1890s, the Brill line transported the county’s milk churns and in 1897, Waddeson Manor, then under construction, was given its own station for the delivery of building materials.
Quainton Road Station and other stations in the Vale of Aylesbury, by Bill Simpson, is available from Aylesbury tourist information centre, price £9.95.