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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 18 - December 1973
Open Days and Visitors
We are always glad to see visitors at Quainton but the Summer Bank Holiday Monday this year was a special occasion when we had the pleasure of entertaining to tea Councillor W Morton-King, Chairman of the Aylesbury Rural District Council and Mrs. Morton-King, Mr Philbey, Chairman of the Quainton Parish Council (who opened our premises four years ago) and Mrs Philbey, Mr W King of Special Passenger Services, LMR and Mrs King, Mr A Spicer, Area Manager, Marylebone and Mrs Spicer and our good friend Inspector Hodgson from Aylesbury. The LNWR Dining Car provided splendid and comfortable accommodation for our guests and we were delighted to have the opportunity of chatting with these ladies and gentlemen whose interest in our affairs we value so much.
Congratulations to our Carriage and Wagon Department for preparing the dining car for the visitors and for giving us two trains for the August Open Days, which kept Queues to a minimum. The service ran very smoothly and it was good to see the LCDR four-wheeler and Great Northern six-wheeler running together for the first time. The Locomotive department had a very busy time. On Saturday Coventry's injectors wouldn't work and the fire had to be dropped. Luckily the Pannier was in steam and she took over the footplate rides while Del Etheridge, Geoff Fulcher and Ralph Turner stripped down the injectors, while Bob Randall and Graham Backing had the nasty task of scraping and washing out the tank. By 10 O'clock on Sunday morning Coventry was up to pressure again and she gave no trouble and worked all Sunday and Monday. On Sunday the Pannier's lubricators for regulator and cylinders had to be stripped down by Del and Simon Field and this job was finished by Monday morning. As reported by Anthea in the Worksheet, we had 5000 visitors during the August Open Days, 2200 took steam train rides and 476 passengers came by the DMU from Aylesbury. Thank you very much to all those who came to help at the Open Days blessed by fine weather almost to their close.
We were privileged to be the venue of a rally of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club on 30th September when sixteen beautiful cars with their distinctive radiators gathered in the Brill yard. Veteran and more modern RR's stood in glorious sunshine while their owners had a picnic (champagne) lunch, followed by train rides behind No.3. All our visitors showed great interest in our efforts probably because they are, like ourselves 'preservation minded'. The Rolls party stayed for several hours and were keen for a return visit next year. We will be very pleased to welcome them again to Quainton.
On 21st and 28th October we had schools' visits and parties of Scouts and Cubs to our depot. A group of twenty boys and a master from a school at Walthamstow was making a tour including our neighbours at Leighton Buzzard, and the waterways museum at Stoke Bruerne.
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