L402 & L405 Winslow 1 May 1993

To mark the official closure of the already virtually disused Claydon Junction to Bletchley section of the Oxford to Bletchley route, the Oxford & Bucks Rail Action Committee in association with the Bucks Herald newspaper, ran a special train from Princes Risborough to Spalding on 1 May 1993. Although the destination was the famous flower festival, the main reason for the crowds seen here at Winslow was that local people were taking advantage of the last chance to travel by train from their local station. Unfortunately the station building, which had been derelict for a long time, was demolished just a few weeks previously. The tour was also billed as a Class 117 DMU farewell, as the units were rapidly being ousted by the newly built Class 165 & 166 Turbos. At 08:05 on a slightly mist morning, L402 (51335, 59487 & 51377) & L405 (51381, 59491 & 51340) arrive to pick up the waiting passengers.