'Engine Shed' group visits Chinnor Railway

On 20 September a visit for approximately 25 children between the ages of 6 and 15 with their parents to the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Line was arranged by the Beaconsfield Freemasonry in the Community Committee.

The carriage next to the engine was reserved and off they went on a 50 minute return trip being pulled by a steam engine, the steam engine was then replaced by a diesel engine, a lunch bag was distributed to each of the children and off they went again to the delight of all present.

W Bro Barry Sparks of Penn and Tylers Green Lodge who arranged the visit and Sarah Snow the coordinator for the Engine Shed would like to thank Les Mott and Don Williams of the Chinnor railway for all their help.
A special thanks goes to Will a Junior Volunteer Steward, who is also autistic, for coming along and explaining to all the children the pros and cons of steam versus diesel, the knowledge of these kids on railways is quite amazing.

About The Engine Shed

The group was initially set up in 2009 with an UnLtd Award. The key aims of the group are:
To provide a unique special interest facility for children and young people on the autistic spectrum and their families; To provide an opportunity for families to share and learn new strategies for promoting the learning and social skills of our children, using their love of trains as an entry point; To create a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which all children, siblings, parents and other family members can feel comfortable and relaxed; To involve brothers and sisters in the often solitary activities of their siblings on the autistic spectrum; To provide opportunities for brothers and sisters with ASD siblings to share experiences.