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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 100 - October 2008
Quainton Developments: the Next Phase? - Lance Adlam
The Development Group's proposed scheme has been available and on display at Quainton for some time now, with a request for comments. So far I have only received about 5, and we genuinely want ALL members to contribute to the future proposals for your Society.
In simple summary terms, we are looking to improve the covered storage facilities for the rolling stock, and to give the various staff and volunteers better, and more focussed, facilities for the restoration of the artefacts on the site, whilst improving public access and educational opportunities to the collection.
To this end, it is proposed that on the Down Yard:
On the Up Yard: A total remodelling of the whole yard area in front of Rewley Road to incorporate:
The Society's Trustees recognise that the present split of the workshops is very uneconomical and time wasting when staff and volunteers have to travel nearly ¼ mile between work places when carrying out even simple jobs, and a lot of time is thus spent walking when people want to get on with their chosen projects. The other problem is that if we are ever to get the collection to a useable, or museum standard displayable condition, we need a major upgrade of the facilities on site. Some members have raised the question of cost and how the works can be funded. Taking the approximately £4.5M of investment that was made in the site through the acquisition of Rewley Road Station, it will take a lot of hard work to persuade various grant giving bodies to part with their cash, but we have done it before, and we have the additional kudos of now being a registered museum, which implies that we have to expand our educational and training functions, public access, and to maintain our large collection of artefacts.
To take a positive view, the development group believes that for us to improve our standards of maintaining the present vast collection, and our offer to the visiting public, we will only become a centre of excellence by following the broad principles of the proposals. I would emphasise that at present they are a first draft for the members' comments, and there will be some changes that have already been suggested, but we really do want everyone who has a view on the future of the Society to please let us have your thoughts, comments and views, whatever they may be.
I have walked the site with the Area Planning Officer and explained our proposals, and he had no major concerns in principle with what we wished to do, which is most encouraging.
Please, please, do respond, and I am happy to receive your views by e mail, or by letter via the Quainton office, as I have to collate all the views on behalf of the Development Group, and we are now looking to move the proposals forward.
A plea for information: does anyone have, or know the whereabouts of any drawings for a Ransomes and Rapier 60'-0" diameter turntable, which is installed in a "medium" pit? I have found some information on the firm in the Suffolk County Archives, but I am awaiting a response from them to see if they have any suitable drawings.
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