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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 14 - December 1972
Carriage and Wagon Department
The LCDR carriage has been covered for the winter but work continues on the GNR six wheeler. The roof has been repainted, the underframe is receiving similar attention and one half of one side has been carefully restored to varnished teak livery. Progress has continued on the Gresley brake third by repainting the bogies, (a lone effort by one stalwart member), and by cleaning down and repairing panels and beading on one side. Painting is also in hand on the buffet car. In the mid distance Fred Poynter's MS &L carriage is being painstakingly renovated. A very annoying theft occurred on August Monday when a light switch cover and a menu were taken from the LNWR diner. We will need more stewards on duty on future open days.
The HL No. 3 looked very smart on the August open days following its high standard repainting in green livery. The incredibly low fuel requirements of No. 3 and the use of the Sentinel locomotives on early turns has meant that we have completed this years programme on only fifteen tons of coal, despite more steaming than ever before. Coventry No. 1 was in action for the first time after its major overhaul on 9th October and it gave its crew a few nasty moments when its regulator valve became temperamental. Preparation for work on stays and for the replacement of rivets on L44's boiler has meant the removal of all the firebox lagging and partial dismantling of the 'cab front. New bearings costing £50 have been made for the Kerr Stuart diesel's axle boxes, a costly result of the theft of parts reported in the last 'News'.
Chislet has had some Midland Red top coat paint applied and the buffer beams are now red. On the carpentry side the cab has had a new wood floor and the saddle tank has new wood packers in the corners. Mechanical work has included attention to the regulator valves and to the steam turret. A steam test and final painting is the excellent prospect for early in 1973. Sentinel No. 11 blew a tube in August and Alan Bolton is putting in a spare firebox into the existing outer shell. In the east yard, Isebrook No. 2, illustrated opposite, is having a reconditioned boiler fitted. Great activity has continued on Bodmin by John Bunch and his merry men (and ladies) and the boiler cladding is removed for the preliminary inspection of the boiler.
A very valuable meeting for members was held at Quainton Memorial Hall on 12th November to solve as many operating problems as possible and to learn lessons from the past season. Considering the gale of wind and rain the attendance of nearly 50 members was excellent.
Signal and Telegraph Department
Although an extended reference to the work in hand by this Section is promised for our next issue we understand that the Committee's Chairman, Mike Hanscomb, is about to part company with his faithful old car for a brand new model. Therefore he has been very active recently transporting massive loads of signalling equipment strapped to the side and on top of the old bus. The new car will apparently not be allowed to perform these useful tasks!
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