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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 24 - Summer 1975
They say our English weather is fickle! But the Arctic conditions at Easter and the wet and cold weekends before the holiday were surely designed to prove that dreams of an idyllic spring should never be taken for granted. It should be permanently recorded in these pages that we owe a great debt to those members who worked so hard to prepare for the Open Days and who made ready the many new facilities for our first visitors of 1975. In this issue there are two articles explaining some of the problems faced and solved by our organisation but we do, nevertheless apologise to those who had to suffer some inconvenience due to circumstances beyond our control and who shared the hazards of car parking, access and keeping warm! The photograph above was taken as a freezing Editor looked out from the comparative shelter of the restoration building. He guarantees the white flecks across the picture are genuine snowflakes travelling nearly horizontally at a speed over about 30 knots!
In fairness to Rik Hunter, our hard working Permanent Way Chairman, it must be explained that the centre and right hand tracks leading into the depot were only temporarily laid in position at Easter. If there is one person who should be named for his splendid personal effort, it is Rik but his best reward will be an influx of additional labour - please!
This Easter was particularly noteworthy for the number of Firsts. It was the first time the small exhibits museum had opened its doors to the public and our curator, Alan Vessey had formed a wonderful display which created a great deal of interest for members and visitors. It was also the first time we had been able to see the workmanship and share the enthusiasm of the Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society. Pansy, their 5¼in gauge working steam model of a Great Western Railway Pannier Tank scurried to and fro on a track laid on the down platform and their superb exhibition of craftsmanship was demonstrated to many admiring eyes in the workshop of our restoration building. And if these developments were not enough we had, in action for the first time our new telephone system, our new mechanically operated signalling installation, Swanscombe, Dan Shorey's lovely Burrell showman's engine, mains water and electricity!
We hope 1975 will continue to be a good year for our Society and for railway preservation nationally. We are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the opening to passenger traffic of the Stockton & Darlington Railway by setting ourselves the target of having our 100 years old Beattie well tank in steam again and we have prepared a booklet giving the history of this wonderful old engine. We hope you will secure a copy to keep as a permanent record of this important year in the preservation calendar.
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