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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 11 - March 1972
From the Secretary's Page
In our negotiations for the up yard British Rail have now agreed to a fence line ten feet from the running line but its erection will be our responsibility. It is not yet decided if the boundary will allow us to buy the station but we have always understood it would.
Covered accommodation is now our most urgent need but the Executive Committee have been determined to make our position secure by raising all the money we can find for the purchase of the up yard. The possibility of buying sheds will, we hope, always be with us but the opportunity of purchasing the land may not be repeated.
Many members will know we have planning permission for three large buildings on our existing down side yard. 1. A Main Restoration Building in the yard opposite to our car park, 2. A Storage Building half way along the site opposite the old signal box, 3. A Steaming Shed at the end of the short siding.
The Restoration Building will be a three road shed with working bays on either side of the outer roads. One side will be for Carriage and Wagon work, the other for locos. The centre road will be laid as "tram track" and used for additional working area and storage. We have permission for this building to be constructed as a concrete portal framed type and clad in dark blue asbestos sheeting with translucent sheeting along the full length of the sides and bays. The lowest quote for this building, two years ago, was £4600 for a length of 120 feet. A more recent figure is £4000 for a length of 75 feet and including £500 for full height doors at each end which we would make. It´s a costly business!
Our ideal Storage Building would be 30 feet wide and 100 to 150 feet long. This would provide a two road shed with sufficient room for our visitors to see the exhibits to good advantage. Asbestos cladding is again envisaged but the portal framed building would be of lightweight steel construction. This would make it possible for us to erect it ourselves using the Met & G C crane; a first class idea because there is no road access anyway! We feel the Steaming Shed is rather a luxury which we really cannot yet afford so we will continue to light up in the fresh air for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless if any member knows of a large building suitable for the purpose we would be interested to know about it.
It is proposed to start a special fund for the Restoration Building once we have satisfied our commitments for the up yard. Any member who would act as an organiser for the Fund would render the Society a great service. Please send your suggestions for ways of raising the cash to me or to the Editor. Roy Miller.
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