Visit marks launch of virtual train journey

Buckingham Lodge residents at Quainton
Buckingham Lodge residents at Quainton

An Aylesbury care home held a party at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton.

Residents at Buckingham Lodge care home on Culpepper Close paid a visit to the railway museum, which lies on the site of the old Quainton Road station.

Serving as a railway station from 1868 to 1963, it was restored to its original design and turned into a museum by the Quainton Railway Society in 1969.

Residents and staff took in the museum’s attractions, as well as drinking tea and eating cake.

The visit, on Tuesday, May 17, marked the beginning of the Great British Railway Journey, a virtual train ride which will be taking place from May to September in Anchor care homes throughout England.

Buckingham Lodge residents will be ‘travelling’ to Cornwall later in the month, where they will be sharing their memories of the region.

Home manager Wendy Luck said: “We were all very excited to visit the centre. The station has been a big part of our community for years and the residents couldn’t wait to see all its attractions.

“It was a great way to kick off the virtual train ride. We organise a variety of events throughout the year to stimulate the residents mentally and physically and it looks like the next few months will be very busy as we ‘explore’ the rest of the UK.”