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

From the Secretary

Inflation affects us all. This is equally true for a Society as for individuals. Our costs are continually rising. Everything from the price of coal and paper to our Rates and Insurance is more expensive. So are the things we want to do to expand at Quainton. How should we increase our income? We could raise our membership subscriptions but this couldn't yield a large sum if the increase was at a reasonable level. We could charge more for admission at our Open Days but this would damage our reputation as a good day out for the family. No, we would rather keep our standards high and our prices reasonable. Then we can continue to see the people flocking into Quainton and enjoying themselves. One of the ways we can raise money painlessly to ourselves and our visitors is running more sideshows and stands and your help and ideas are urgently needed. We must all try and lend a hand at Open Days because, despite repeated appeals the real effort is being left to the faithful few.

I am sorry I cannot yet report any positive news of the purchase from BR of the up side yard although members can rest assured that the procedures are going smoothly. The Aylesbury Rural District Council have approved our amended plans for the up side yard and formal planning permission was granted on 3rd March 1972.

On the front cover of this issue you may have noticed our Charity Registration number, 263669. The final phase of our registration was completed in March and this will ensure that not only the valuable collection of relics but also the hard work and generosity put into the Society by members is fully protected against commercial or private interests in the years ahead. Another charity on the site is the Ivatt Locomotive Trust, Registration number 262075.

We are pleased to welcome to our Society a small group of enthusiasts who have succeeded in purchasing West Country Pacific Bodmin from Woodhams of Barry. The locomotive is in surprisingly good condition considering the time it has been out of service. Bodmin, together with the tender engine 46447 for the Ivatt Trust, will be arriving at Quainton, we hope, in late June.

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.

From the Secretary - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972

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