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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 18 - December 1973
The Wembley Saga - II - Ray Hedley
For the moment Bob Randall and his stalwarts have got as far as they can with the Wembley Shed. They are waiting for delivery of a new roof truss which will extend the length of the building by fifteen feet. So while there is a pause in the proceedings this is a good moment to refresh your memories of how we started the job and to bring you up to date!
On Saturday 16th September 1972 the shed (in pieces!), arrived at Quainton on two "artics" hired from Fountains of Stoke Mandeville. It was off-loaded onto the platform and the next day was taken down the short siding in open wagons. From there it was carried up the bank and stacked in a corner of the field . We now own a strip of this field, adjacent to the hedge, so we fenced off a bit at the top end so that the cows couldn't trample all over the sections of the structure.
The next job was the foundations. On 11th November we had the site cleared and the holes dug by a JCB digger. The water table at Quainton is very high and although it was a dry winter the foundation holes filled with water. When we came to fill them with concrete they had to be pumped out and squared up. This was a sticky job; we were dealing with pure clay and the volunteer diggers had an awful task getting the clay out without becoming hopelessly stuck themselves!
On 6th and 13th January the "ready mix" concrete was delivered and tipped into an open wagon which was then pushed down the long siding. A wooden trough was used as a shute for getting the concrete from the wagon to the wheelbarrows and very energetic work it was! Planks were laid for the wheelbarrows to run on and the ground was so sticky that if you stood still you were in danger of becoming a fixture!
The last bit of concreting was done on 10th February and now we were ready to start erecting the stanchions and frame work. About six members, under Bob Randall, formed themselves into a team to re-build the shed and they have struggled along with excellent results. They have now gone as far as they can and the next step is to lay the track.
Levelling and bolting down will follow; meanwhile anyone wanting a paint job can start applying red oxide. We were hoping to have the roof sheeting on by winter, but unless more members come and help this will not be possible. It is a great pity that so few members have helped on this new storage shed because so many have been clamouring to have L44 and the LNWR diner under cover. If they would come to Quainton and help, these two valuable relics could be partially sheltered this winter.
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