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Author Topic: The Marlow Branch - how Bourne End works  (Read 5978 times)
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« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2019, 03:44:09 pm »

I had a ride on this branch today between Maidenhead and Bourne End. The rail still has its familiar join and noise beyond Furze Platt for the time being and, after all the changes on the main line in the past couple of years, a smile appeared on my face when I was reminded that itís still a turbo working the branch. Everybody might be glad to see the back of them but to me they are the trains of my generation that gave me freedom when I was young, so I will always have a soft spot for them,  even if they werenít as good as the slam door DMUís they replaced. From Bourne End I walked sections of the old line to Wycombe again as I did with dad a few years ago. Although still mostly in countryside rather than urban sprawl, plenty of houses, businesses and gardens have been built on the trackbed in sections. The Wycombe end is remarkably free of building on the trackbed, with most of the building occurring in Loudwater and Wooburn Green. The short tunnel under the M40 still remains available for use. It took me an hour and a half to walk the route including a swift half in a pub at Wooburn Green, demonstrating how short a section is missing from the line. From Wycombe I got the train back via Oxford.
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