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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

Arenson International Furniture Advert

In Steam and in the Viewfinder

It was worth waiting for! 0314, the new identity borne by our famous old well tank, was lit up on 11th October for the first time since its overhaul. Members at Quainton on Sunday the 12th saw the Beattie animated by steam coming from all sorts of likely and some unlikely places. All went well although it was not possible to move under its own power because the eccentrics had not, at that time, been connected. More of this story in a future issue.

Earlier, on the 1st of the month, our centenarian locomotive was moved into the station platform for a new duty; that of a professional photographer's model. Soon, our Beattie will not only be recognised in railway preservation circles but will be internationally famous. Her familiar profile will be featured in colour in a new catalogue advertising office equipment and super seating made by Arenson International Ltd. of St. Albans. Between fifty and a hundred thousand copies of the catalogue will be printed, not only in English but in German, Belgian and possibly Arabic.

This is how it came to pass. Some time ago, Mrs Margaret West, a designer with Arensons, came to one of our Steaming Sundays with her husband and they thoroughly enjoyed their day. She appreciated the 'wonderfully graceful lines of the Beattie and naturally thought of Quainton when she was preparing the designs for a new furniture catalogue. Happily it was a lovely sunny day when a photographer from Golderstal Ltd of London came to our depot to capture through his viewfinder a good number of splendid transparencies of the well tank standing at the platform with some very fine desks and chairs in the foreground.

Arensons are, incidentally, the largest manufacturers in Europe of wooden office furniture and systems and they have subsidiaries in New York, Paris and Brussels. How delighted we were to have been able to arrange for Quainton to be the preservation centre to be featured as the background for such worldwide publicity.

What about buying a President's desk or a Euro chair for the Editor's office? No? Oh! Well, it was just a thought.

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.

In Steam and in the Viewfinder - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

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