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Quainton Guide 1976

Welcome to Quainton

The committee and members of the Quainton Railway Society welcome you to its Quainton Road depot, situated in the heart of the Vale of Aylesbury, some six miles north-west of Aylesbury town, and sincerely hope that you have an enjoyable visit.

This booklet gives brief details of the Society and Depot and of some of the attractions that we have on display throughout the year.

Here we have one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of steam locomotives in the country, and it is our aim to improve our facilities and make your visit a pleasant and memorable one. There is something for all the family to enjoy, and we hope that you will take a trip behind a steam engine, bringing back memories to anyone over 21 and being a unique experience for the children. We usually offer a choice of an ancient coach, dating back to the last century, or a variety of open wagons. The latter are by far the more popular, especially with the youngsters, as they can really see (and smell!) the engines at work.

To appreciate the locomotives fully, we strongly recommend purchase of our illustrated stockbook, which is on sale from the bookshop, and gives the histories of all items on display, together with photographs of most for ease of identification.

Our first restoration building is almost complete, and this offers facilities under cover, including a small relics museum. Details of this building are given on page 15. Visitors over the past few years will have seen this grow year by year, and we hope they are pleased with the (almost) finished result.

We have tried to provide access to as much of the site as possible, but there are some areas to which access has had to be restricted for safety reasons, or to allow restoration work to continue, and we ask you to:-

PLEASE . . .
. . . . Keep inside the roped boundaries and do not trespass on British Rail property.
. . . . Cross the BR main line ONLY by the footbridge. It is liable to be used at ANY time.
. . . . Place your litter in the bins provided.
. . . . Keep your dog on a lead.
. . . . Take care when walking over or near track. Every precaution has been taken to ensure your safety, but remember that locomotives, like cars, cannot stop dead. Do not jump over the pit.
. . . . Follow the requests of stewards. They are there to help you.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1976 and so does not reflect events in the 41+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Quainton Guide 1976

Text © Quainton Railway Society / Photographs © Quainton Railway Society or referenced photographer
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