A railway fun day at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton proved just the ticket for families with a special ‘kids go free’ offer. The event, on Bank Holiday Monday December 28 saw two steam trains running, free fairground rides, face painting, balloon artist and magic shows. The railway’s president Sir William McAlpine hosted the event, which was organised as a celebration for winning two awards in 2015 from the Heritage Railway Association, and also to celebrate receiving Full Museum Accreditation from Arts Council England in December. These awards were presented to members of Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at a special presentation during the day by Lord Faulkner, president of the Heritage Railway Association.
He said: “Warmest congratulations to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre for organising such a brilliant fun day out immediately after Christmas. It was a delight to see so many families there, many of whom I suspect had not been there before. As president of the Heritage Railway Association, I strongly support introducing children to our wonderful railway story at a young age.
“It was also a special day for me, as I was able to present not only the certificate confirming their status as an accredited national museum, but also two plaques from the HRA commemorating the society’s success in winning two awards for its publicity material. Well done, Quainton!” Sir William said: “I am proud to be president of an organisation like Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, who can put on a show like this fun day. It gave great pleasure to many people and was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Museum’s Accreditation award and two plaques for publicity material, so ably presented by Lord Faulkner.” Buckinghamshire Railway Centre has a lot of exciting plans for this year, all aimed at providing a great day out for children and their parents, and for enthusiasts too.
It will be open during February half term, and then re-open on March 25 until the end of October.
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