Brill railway station was the terminus of a small railway line in
Buckinghamshire, England, known as the Brill Tramway. Built and owned by
the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, it opened just north of Brill in 1872. As
the line was cheaply built and used poor quality locomotives, services
were slow, taking 1 hour 45 minutes to travel the six miles (10 km)
from Brill to the junction station with mainline services at Quainton
Road. Although little used by passengers, the station was important for
freight traffic, particularly shipping milk from the area's farms to
London. The Metropolitan Railway took over the line in 1899, and
upgraded it. In 1933 it became part of the London Underground as one of
the two north-western termini, despite being 45 miles (72 km) and over
two hours travelling time from London. The management of London
Transport aimed to reduce goods services, and it was felt that the line
to Brill was unlikely to become a viable passenger route. The line was
closed in 1935, and all buildings and infrastructure at Brill associated
with the railway were sold at auction. Most of the station
infrastructure was demolished, though three station cottages survive.
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