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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972

Editorial


As I see it we are builders for the future. Our efforts will give future generations the opportunity of seeing steam locomotives in action and the experience of riding in carriages and wagons suffered - or enjoyed - by their forefathers. Preservation at Quainton is a worthwhile job and our charity status recognises this viewpoint. As Editor my particular contribution is to try to produce a lively and interesting magazine four times a year. I like to inform everybody who reads Quainton News something about our future plans, our present progress and our rich historical background. And, if possible, I like to find room for the odd comment on our efforts and perhaps some items from the railway preservation scene on a national scale.

In this issue we have twelve pages in which is a 50% increase on our first printed edition and the price is held at 5p! One ingredient I trust you will have in a much reduced quantity is misprints and I am sorry the proof reading was not done properly on No. 11. I wish I had 100p for every "printer's error". Despite the rather cautious eight pages in March many members were kind enough to tell me of their pleasure in having a properly printed magazine but you all wanted more for your money. So here is what you asked for; four extra pages plus three more photographs. If you would like another page then you must help by selling some advertising space. One page of advertisements means another page of news. Turn to page twelve for the prices and remember that we print 750 copies.

The success of our Easter Open Days is described elsewhere in the News and all I would emphasise is that so many of us owe so much to the efforts of so few. By the end of the holiday some volunteers had worked three or four days without a break and these were often the same good folks who had given so much of their spare time to prepare for the holiday weekend. The future of the Society depends on the positive contribution made by its members. Ask yourself; did I do anything to help at Easter? Can I lend a hand at August? If you find yourself replying 'yes' to the last question you'll be very welcome indeed!

The Secretary has indicated the direction for progress in the coming months and preservation will be greatly helped by the completion of the Wembley shed. You will be pleased to learn of the impending arrival of two more locomotives; a West Country Pacific, 34016 Bodmin and an Ivatt 2-6-0, 46447. Both will be long term restoration projects and should attract the visitors.

1972 promises to be a good year for our Society and with the agreement of British Rail to the operation of steam hauled trains over certain sections of line the railway enthusiast can at last feel that his interests are being catered for on a national scale.


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:
Editorial - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972


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