On the right track for a great day out

De­light to see so many fam­i­lies at rail­way cen­tre’s cel­e­bra­tion fun day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

More than 1,600 peo­ple went along to Buck­ing­hamshire Rail­way Cen­tre’s Rail­way Fun Day on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 28.

The event was a huge hit with lo­cal fam­i­lies who came along to make the most of the spe­cial kids go free day.

Two steam trains were run­ning to en­sure ev­ery­body en­joyed as many free rides as pos­si­ble, as well as 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 Fun Day by Lord Faulkner, pres­i­dent of the Her­itage Rail­way As­so­ci­a­tion, who 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 Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion, sup­port

Cof the Rail­way I strongly 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 McAlpine 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 plans for 2016, all aimed at pro­vid­ing a great day out for chil­dren and their par­ents, and for rail en­thu­si­asts too.

The cen­tre will be open dur­ing Fe­bru­ary half-term, and then it re-opens on March 25 and re­mains open un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing more spe­cial events, open­ing dates and times visit www. buck­srail­cen­tre.org.

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