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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 17 - September 1973

Everything in the Garden is Rosy! - Andrew Bratton

Quainton Road station has had a reputation for its neat and tidy appearance for many years and under the supervision of Stationmaster W T Cross it was awarded the 4th prize in 1930 and the 3rd prize in 1932 for the best kept station on the Met and GC.

When we took over the station and yard in 1969 the prize would have been given for the best weeds, the longest grass and the most unkempt buildings in the district! So we were faced with quite a challenge to restore the premises to something like their former glory.

We are very fortunate to have a country station which is still in an unspoilt condition because so many have been closed and demolished or have been converted to unstaffed halts. However, no typical station was without its flower gardens and in the days before the Beeching era all except the smallest halts were graced with colourful displays in the spring and summer.

To add even more colour to the scene of former days some enamel signs are being fixed to the fences and more of these and other once common accessories are needed. Has any member a set of cone shaped milk churns for the platforms to await the London train from Verney Junction?

With the gardens restored to their former glory we hope that the neat flower beds will inspire others to keep their own 'patches' neat and tidy. There is no doubt that our visitors have been favourably impressed by the colour and if we are able to entice more people to come to Quainton by British Rail, (instead of wasting their time elsewhere!) then it has been very worthwhile.

(Sorry I can't illustrate this article until we go into colour reproduction! Ed.)

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1973 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.

Everything in the Garden is Rosy! - Andrew Bratton - Quainton News No. 17 - September 1973

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