Metropolitan Line
 

QUAINTON ROAD - BRILL

(1872 - 1935)


This and the Verney Junction branch are considered to be part of the body of lost lines and stations of
London's underground railway system, even though neither of them are anywhere near London.

Opened as the Wotton Tramway, the Brill line originally was horse-drawn and its prime function for a time was
the carriage of goods and materials for Waddesdon Manor. The responsibility of running of the line was assumed
by the Metropolitan in 1899 as a means of extension to Oxford and beyond, though this never materialised.

The integration of the Metropolitan line into the London Transport Passenger Board signalled the end of the line
for this railway. The light construction of the line has resulted in few tangible remains surviving to the present day.

 

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How the north-west corner of the tube might look today with the line open.

 


 

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Quainton Road station was a junction station for the Verney Junction line, the main Great Central line, and the Brill tramway.
The original Brill tramway waiting room is seen here in its fully restored glory.

 

 

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Quainton Road station, Brill branch platform.
The line was run with a locomotive and one carriage, hence the short platform.

 

 

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The car park sign at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. The tramway was actually on the other side of the road to the car park.

 

 

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The trackbed ran parallel to the road disappearing into the distance (this view is looking back toward Quainton Road).
The two trees in the centre of the photo indicate the site of Waddesdon Road station.

(Dec 2006)

 

 

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The station house at Westcott (to the right of the centrally located front door). The left hand gable was a post-closure addition
built on the platform and track site. The wood fronted hut to the left is the original station ticket office and (remarkably)
still survived at the time of this photo (2005).

 

 

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Westcott station house sign commemorating its original use.

 

 

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The station cottages at Wotton. The trackbed and station lay along the path seen to the left of them.

(Dec 2006)

 

 

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The route of the trackbed just north of the Wotton station area.

 

 

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The location of Wood Siding station. The bridge on the left of the photo carries the road over the GWR line, as seen below.
The Brill line's Wood Siding station was located at the clearing in the centre of the photo, there being a level crossing across
the road on the right (Wotton End).

 

 

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The location of the bridge over the GWR line. Wood Siding station was situation on the bridge itself and also to the right hand
side, out of shot. The abutments for the bridge can still be seen in the middle of the photo.

 

 

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The station cottages at the Brill terminus.

(Dec 2006)

 

 

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The approach to the Brill station site.

(Dec 2006)


 

All photos on this page: Nov & Dec 2005 unless stated.

Reference:
Bill Simpson - "A History of the Metropolitan Railway. Volume 3: From Aylesbury north to Verney Junction and Brill"

 

A web site with some old photographs of the line in use can be found here.


 

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