First Days
It all started in 1863. On 16th June, the Parish Church bells rang out to celebrate the passing of the Newport Pagnell Railway Act through the committee stage in the House of Commons. On 30th September 1865, the first engine hauling 17 wagons, crammed full with navvies went down the line. The next year the railway opened for goods, cattle and parcel traffic. Then on 2nd September 1867, there was the ceremonial opening of the line for passengers.
Extract taken from "Country Railwaymen - a notebook of Engine Driver Tales" by A.E.Grigg (Calpus Books, Buckingham)