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The former station house
Westcott railway station served the village of
Westcott, Buckinghamshire, near
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild's estate at
Waddesdon Manor. It was built by the
Duke of Buckingham in 1871 as part of a short
tramway that met the
Aylesbury and Buckingham Railway at
Quainton Road. The next year, it was converted for passenger use, extended to
Brill railway station, and renamed the
Brill Tramway. The poor quality
locomotives running on the cheaply built and
ungraded line were very slow, initially limited to 5 miles per hour (8 km/h). The line was taken over by the
Metropolitan Railway in 1899, and transferred to public ownership in 1933. Westcott station became part of the
London Underground, despite being over 40 miles (60 km) from central London, until the closure of the line in 1935. The station building and its associated house (pictured) are the only significant buildings from the Brill Tramway to survive other than the former
junction station at Quainton Road. (
Part of the
Brill Tramway series, one of Wikipedia's
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