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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 11 - March 1972

Society News


Signals & Telegraph (or from the Ground Frame)

Tim Stevens has taken over the Chairmanship of the S & T Committee in place of Mike Hanscomb who has had to give up (temporarily, we hope) due to pressure of work. Many thanks Mike for all the work you have done for the Quainton Signalling section. The S & T boys haven't been able to complete the London Transport power frame for this year's traffic but an alternative system embodying a rotary switch is being developed by Steve Clark. The system will, therefore be similar to 1971 (sighs of relief from the Loco Dept.) and the point at the station throat will remain hand operated. The pre-grouping block instruments and route indicators we use should really be retired very soon. Has anyone a pair of modern BR instruments we could have, please?


Locomotives

Welding repairs in the smoke box of L44 have been finished and Hydraulic tests on No. 3 and Coventry No. 1 should have been completed by Easter. The Pannier and Beattie are expected to be in stream for the open days along with Juno, Cunarder, and the Sentinels.

Despite winter weather there have been good turnouts of members on Sundays and one job done is the stores reorganisation. It´s very tidy now.

The next jobs are reassembly of No. 3 and Coventry No. 1, repainting of No. 3 and then completion of L44. There´s plenty to do to keep the locos in running order.


Permanent Way

Chris Britton has taken over from Peter Williams. Chris lives at Denbigh Poultry Farm, Denbigh Hall, Bletchley. Hard work has been done to replace the point between the platform and the ground frame with a new one on sounder sleepers. Temporary measures have been taken to hold the gauge on the centre road of the yard which is in poor condition. The new large tool store is a great improvement and much appreciated but, once again, more willing hands are needed.


Membership and Funds

Anthea Hanscomb asks all members to try and encourage more enthusiasts to join as we still need all the support we can get. Dennis Vass reports a total of £32.35 from the "stamp collection" since we came to Quainton and many useful items have been obtained from cigarette coupons and trading stamps.

Please bring all your coupons and stamps on Easter Sunday or post them to Dennis.


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Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1972 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ 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.

Reference:
Society News - Quainton News No. 11 - March 1972


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