Leaders in their respective heritage transport operations in The Chilterns, Bucks and Oxon, Bicester-Heritage based vintage aviation experience provider Finest Hour Experiences have joined forces with the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway to offer the UK’s, and quite possibly the World’s ultimate classic driving experience.
Tiger Moth Flying Over Chinnor..and Biggles on The Footplate!! (All Finest Hour Experiences Images)
Leaders in their respective heritage transport operations in The Chilterns, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, the two organisations are offering the chance to fly a Tiger Moth over the four mile-long Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway while steam trains are operating and to drive a steam-hauled train along the line. Tuition will be by highly experienced instructors (pilots, steam locomotive drivers and firemen) who collectively have over a century of experience in their respective fields.
There are several levels of flying time and driving experiences available but each are branded ‘The Watlington Flyer’ after the train which ran until 1957 between Princes Risborough and Watlington via Chinnor.
Chris Thompson for Finest Hour Experiences said:
“‘The Watlington Flyer’ was the obvious name for the project, which was triggered by banter on social media in September. The two organisations have worked together to design a range of packages to suit all pockets for railway and aviation aficionados. ‘The Watlington Flyer’ really is the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything!”
Danny Woodward of the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway said:
“We are delighted to be able to partner Finest Hour Experiences in this innovative product which will help boost the tourist economy to this part of the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We look forward to developing further initiatives with Finest Hour which should be announced next Spring.
Unique Christmas present and film
Finest Hour Tiger Moth pilots on 6412 (with Footplate Crew) at Chinnor on The Watlington Flyer 2017-10-08
Gift vouchers will be available from 25th October on www.chinnorrailway.co.uk and www.finesthourexperiences.co.uk. Redemption instructions on how the lucky recipient can book their unique gift will be included with the voucher.
The headline package will be a 45-minute flying lesson in the Tiger Moth over the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway while its weekend steam services are operating. The steam locomotive element is a half day driving the steam train. The weekend flights will be from Chiltern Park aerodrome near Wallingford but can also be taken on some Summer evenings from the historic setting of Bicester Heritage.
The experience will be remembered for a lifetime but to provide a truly unique package the two organisations have collaborated on the production of a bespoke film. This includes flying scenes above the Chilterns including aerobatics and views on and under the steam locomotive plus footage shot from a variety of steam locomotive footplates by day and night while operating at high speed across the national network. This film will be unavailable for general purchase but will be provided as part of the Presentation Pack for all purchases of ‘The Watlington Flyer’.
The steam driving experiences are strictly limited to one day per month between April and October in 2018. All places were sold in 2016 and 2017 so it is highly advisable to book as early as possible for this joint experience.
Notes for editors:
Images show the two organisation’s team members at Chinnor and the Tiger Moth operated by Finest Hour Experiences.
These unique ‘bucket-list’ experiences do not have to take place on the same day.
Trains will run whatever the weather but Tiger Moth flights are weather dependent.
Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase
Clients can decide which order they drive the steam train or take the flight and it might be possible in certain circumstances to do sample both experiences on the same day but this will be by prior arrangement and dependent on very early booking.
More details from;
Finest Hour Experiences via Chris Thompson on 07415 735683
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway via Phil Marsh on 07810 556252