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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 24 - Summer 1975

LNWR 1st Class Sleeping Car No. 112

Letters to the Editor

Dear Sir,

A suggestion has been made to me that I write about the old Metropolitan Railway in our Quainton News but the subject is so large that I think I ought to write about my own life on the Metro, from the day I started, in 1928.

I would be able to cover the prevailing conditions in those days, the type of trains and the people I worked with over the years .... this would cover many situations, from the horse drawn parcel vans to the steam engines of the day, to the rolling of the milk churns along the platforms, (a work of art which took me some time to master!), to the gas lit stations and to that 65ft high home signal at Rayners Lane. I shall never forget that signal! We had to climb the post to change the oil lamp which nearly always blew out at night. It was like climbing a ships mast with the post swaying about in the wind and the higher you got the worse it was. When you replaced the lamp you had to cling on with the other hand and if ever I was frightened it was changing that lamp ...I was 16 at the time.

So if some use could be made of my life history on the Met I am willing to have a go, providing somebody writes the story, as I am no writer of books!

Harry J G Tubbs

Dear Sir,

Reading the interesting account of the Cinema Coach's arrival at Quainton Road, I recalled that I had last seen this vehicle at Wimbledon in 1957. Looking up my notes I found it was on 4th September. It was painted unlined maroon livery with the same number as today but without the M prefix. The numerals were in black edged gold transfers. On the sides it bore the legend Cinema Coach in Gill Sans lettering about 10 in. high with No. 2 below, all this being in unedged imitation gold.

At the time it was accompanied by a 'flat' roofed coach, vaguely of Great Eastern appearance, DE 320104. Perhaps a reader can identify this vehicle and its purpose.

John Reed,

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1975 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.

Letters to the Editor - Quainton News No. 24 - Summer 1975

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