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

Easter 1974


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Photo:
J R Fairman - The new arrival. 76017, Easter 1974


Three dry, but rather chilly days, proved to be excellent for attendances at Easter. 8200 people came to Quainton; our second best figure for Open Days. At Easter 1972 we had more visitors but the weather was exceptionally good and we hired the Quaintonian from Aylesbury for two days. Perhaps we ought to consider this again, maybe when we have L44 and 41298 in steam!

This year 4350 passengers were carried on the steam trains which were worked by No. 3, Coventry No. 1 and Cunarder. This was a 18% increase over last Easter and was helped by particularly heavy traffic on the Saturday, and by efficient train operation.

The station platform was busy with the Tombola and White Elephant stalls, while the sales stands of visiting societies in the up yard were unusually surrounded by potential customers. The King and Bodmin were, this year, joined by 76017 to provide the spectacle of a trio of mainliners to inspire the imagination and they kept Kodaks pretty busy too! Peter Pugsley's Stop the Train stall took £12; a good effort. We must mention the gardens which looked superb and the ever welcome refreshment tent which had a very busy time and provided a haven from the wind. Their takings were 51% up on Easter 1973! Thank you all those members who helped fill the rosters during the three days and to those whose work in preparing for the successful weekend gave our visitors such a good time at our depot.


Notes:
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.

Reference:
Easter 1974 - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974


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