£50,000 grant will keep railway centre plans on the right track

The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton
The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton

Plans to restore a collection of historically-significant buildings at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre are a step closer thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to breathe new life into six World War 2 era buildings at the 25-acre working steam museum in Quainton, just outside Aylesbury.

Andrew Bratton, of Quainton Railway Society, says roof repair work on the prefabricated Romney-style buildings will prevent further deterioration and leaks. It will also provide much-needed extra space to work on and store the museum’s exhibits.

Mr Bratton said: “Our Romney buildings are a much-loved part of the centre but have fallen into disrepair over the years, meaning we currently have nowhere to safely restore our exhibits.

“WREN’s contribution will help us solve this problem while preserving part of the country’s heritage for generations to come.”

Constructed of coloured, corrugated irons sheet over an oval steel framework, Romney buildings were erected during WW2 as part of a government ‘buffer depot’ to store food and bedding for emergencies.

Once fairly common, but now a relatively rare sight across the UK, they remained in use until the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s.

WREN grant manager for Buckinghamshire, Emma Brooks, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting Buckinghamshire Railway Centre with this grant.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference in their community and this is definitely one of those.”

Work on the project is expected to begin in September and be complete by April next year.