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Little Kimble
National Rail
General information
LocationLittle Kimble, Buckinghamshire
England
Grid referenceSP823066
Managed byChiltern Railways
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeLTK
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Opened1872
Original companyWycombe Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western and Great Central Joint Railway
Post-groupingGW & GC Joint
Passengers
2016/17Increase 5,286
2017/18Increase 5,412
2018/19Increase 5,572
2019/20Increase 7,066
2020/21Decrease 3,742
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
The station approach
The station approach

Little Kimble railway station is a small, single platform railway station of the village of Little Kimble in Buckinghamshire, England.

Services

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Little Kimble
A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Little Kimble

The station is served by trains operated by Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Aylesbury. Services mostly operate hourly although there are some two or three hour gaps between services. An additional shuttle service operates between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury during the Monday to Friday peak periods.

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Aylesbury   Chiltern Railways
Princes Risborough-Aylesbury
  Monks Risborough
  Historical railways  
South Aylesbury Halt
Line open, station closed
  Western Region of British Railways
Aylesbury–Princes Risborough line
  Monks Risborough
Line and station open

History

The Wycombe Railway opened the line from Princes Risborough to Aylesbury on 1 October 1863. The Great Western Railway took over the Wycombe Railway in 1867 and opened Little Kimble station in 1872. The station building once had ornate stone chimneys, and was identical to the "up" platform building at Kings Sutton.

The station was transferred from the Western Region of British Rail to the London Midland Region on 24 March 1974.[1]

In 1998 Little Kimble received the British Royal Train. The G8 Summit was held in Birmingham that year and the wives of the G8 countries' leaders, including Cherie Blair and Hillary Clinton, were taken to Chequers via the Royal Train and Little Kimble, which is the nearest station to Chequers. The train reversed at Princes Risborough and the wives alighted at Little Kimble, whence they were transferred to Chequers via limousine.

Little Kimble is in an area of the country where edible dormice (Glis glis) are common and, in 2010, they made their home in the ticket machine meaning that travellers could not buy their tickets.[2]

References

  1. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (May 1974). "Notes and News: Transfer of Marylebone-Banbury services". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (877): 248. ISSN 0033-8923.
  2. ^ "Nesting dormice to blame for broken ticket machine". Metro. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2019.

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Coordinates: 51°45′07″N 0°48′29″W / 51.752°N 0.808°W / 51.752; -0.808