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

Depot Special

The end of a year is a good time to take stock and to note the achievements of the department responsible for the buildings and services at Quainton. During 1975 we have been blessed with glorious weather for most of the Open Days excepting the infamous Easter. The final 'Steaming Sunday', on 26th October, was a great success and by mid afternoon the refreshments had all been sold. The station building has accommodated the refreshment girls this season and the room has been improved and a mains supply of water installed. Pauline is wanting to have some kitchen cabinets fitted and will be grateful for help in this matter.

The electrical wiring in the station has been properly renewed and it was switched on for the first time on the 26th in the evening. Quainton Road can never have looked so bright even in its heyday. Also in the station there have been general repairs in the ladies toilet and in the booking hall and there are several more jobs outstanding for this winter.

We have been fortunate this year to have received about 80 litres of paint from the Brighter Homes Bureau and Dulux and this is being used to good effect to improve the appearance and to preserve the platform canopy.

The Wembley building has proceeded slowly but Mick and Guy have not had the assistance needed to make a really big impression on the job. This must be one of the tasks we tackle with more determination in 1976. In the Brill yard we have to thank the Loco Department, particularly Frank Boait and John Mortham, for installing the water services to the tower and into the messroom.

The Restoration Building has been occupied during the year and it is being fitted out. The museum, messroom and workshop areas have been wired in conduit for mains electricity and the entrance hall and messroom have had joists fitted to take the ceiling sheets. New deliveries of asbestos roof sheeting have been made. Erection is to start immediately and the doors for the building will be ready for installing during the next few months when the frames are made. The flower gardens have looked beautiful again this past summer and receive many well deserved appreciative comments from our visitors.

Perhaps this report doesn't give the impression of a great deal of progress in a year but unfortunately our year is about 40 Sundays long, so maybe it isn't too bad after all. Next year we will manage a lot more if you read and act on the Editorial suggestion on the front page. There is plenty to do in 1976. We look forward to seeing YOU!

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.

Depot Special - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

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