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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974

Steaming Sunday - by Stuart (Alexander) Pope

(Stuart is 11 years old)

Not at that time having joined the Quainton Railway Society, I visited the railway on 28th October, (1973). Steaming Sunday and there were two trains running which is the usual number for a Bank Holiday but it occurred on that day as well.

I climbed into the LCDR four wheeled coach and it was very comfortable. I did not care for the open trucks! I found a friend and talked to him a lot. Just as I got in, the engine, No. 3, took some water. Although it was fun watching it I wasn't too pleased to have to wait. At last we started. Passing the stock on the short siding, everyone said, when we passed the LNER Buffet Car, 'Oh look, its a dining coach I' When I got off, my companion said, 'Come on, let's go on that little train now'.

The little train was Osram. It pulled no train but we went in the cab. It was awfully bumpy but we didn't mind. On the way back a boy ran across the line in front of us and the driver said, 'You don't get on in the world if you cross the line in front of the loco!' We thought it was such a funny thing to say but we didn't laugh although we would have liked to!

After another ride on the diesel I went home, quite certain I wanted to join the Society. Another thing, it is near where I live at Harrow on the Hill.

Editor's Note: It was good to have Stuart's contribution for 'Quainton News'. I'm sure we will look forward to having him and his friends at Quainton in future years. It is for all the boys of today that we are trying to save the sight and sounds of steam for them to enjoy in the years ahead.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1974 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.

Steaming Sunday - by Stuart (Alexander) Pope - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974

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