Aylesbury (AYS)

Aylesbury is a major stop on the London Marylebone-Aylesbury Line (though not the terminus!) It is also a stop on the Princes Risborough-Aylesbury Line. Aylesbury was once the terminus of the London Underground Metropolitan Line.

Type: National Rail (London
Marylebone-Aylesbury Line)
Station code: AYS
Opened: 1863
Platforms: 3
Aylesbury station was opened in 1863 by the Wycombe Railway originally as a broad gauge line via Princes Risborough. This line was converted to standard gauge when the Aylesbury & Buckingham Railway reached the town and was taken over by the Great Western Railway.

The Metropolitan Railway reached Aylesbury in 1892 [1] though served a separate station, Aylesbury (Brook Street) next to the original station. Two years later this closed and the Metropolitan Railway used the GWR station [2] which was rebuilt and expanded in 1893. The Grand Central Railway reached Aylesbury in 1899 and Aylesbury became a stop on the Great Central Main Line out of London Marylebone.

From 1948 Aylesbury became the terminus of the Metropolitan Line, though trains were steam hauled from Rickmansworth onward. However after electrification as far as Amersham London Underground discontinued the use of steam and services beyond Amersham ceased in 1961.

Aylesbury was in a poor state by the 1980s but was renewed as part of Network South East's improvement of services out of Marylebone. A new maintenance depot was built next to the station in 1991 as the operational headquarters of the Chiltern Line [3].

Aylesbury is now managed by Chiltern Railways, recently it had had step-free access to the platforms added.
Chiltern 165 002, the main station building in the background

Looking North, this train will terminate at Aylesbury Vale Parkway

Chiltern 168 003 on the storage siding

Busy scene with all three platforms occupied

Chiltern 165 038 in the depot

View down the platform

[1] Mike Horne, The Metropolitan Line (Capital Transport, 2003) p. 16
[2] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Branch Lines to Princes Risborough (Middleton Press, 2003) Fig. 1
[3] Ibid. Fig. 12