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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 28 - Summer 1976

Editorial


At the end of the Spring Editorial I appealed to those members with a personal knowledge of life at Quainton Road station before it was closed to let me have a note of their recollections but I am sorry to say that I have not had a single letter or telephone call. May I therefore repeat my request and also extend the invitation to any local residents in Quainton and Waddesdon, particularly to those who worked at our station or who recall travelling by train from Quainton Road. I am asking for this help so that I can prepare a history of the station for Quainton News and I would like to include references to the characters who were on the staff and who used the station in bygone days. In anticipation, my grateful thanks!

The cover picture of this issue shows our Beattie well tank in full flight with its vacuum fitted passenger train near Quainton South on Easter Sunday. 0314 ran exceptionally smoothly for the three open days and its performance reflected great credit on Frank Boait and his restoration team.

The preparations for Easter were more intensive than usual this year and in this issue we report on some of the problems which were successfully overcome. Unfortunately we have to record that, for personal reasons, Mike Hanscomb has decided to resign from the Society but we do take this opportunity to thank him for his past services. The strength of the Society will always be in the continuing loyalty and sense of responsibility displayed by its members and it is to the credit of a growing number of stalwarts that we are able to make the progress which we describe in successive issues of Quainton News. In particular, this issue records the excellent work carried out towards meeting the recommendations of the Department of Environment's Inspecting Officer following his visit last year. His approach to our safe operation of steam trains was very constructive indeed and our Executive Committee wisely decided to implement the recommendations as soon as possible.

Southampton, my home town, is 100 miles from Quainton. When I toured the depot at Easter it was my first visit for eight months. I was amazed at the number of improvements and developments which had been accomplished during the closed season and I am sure our visitors were equally impressed. Well done the workers!

I end on a sad note. Eric F Veary, one of our ardent supporters died after a short illness in March. To his memory, his relations have donated a large number of books on railway and workshop practice to the Society. These are with our Museum Curator for the library and it is hoped they will be available for members' reference in the near future.


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1976 and so does not reflect events in the 39+ 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:
Editorial - Quainton News No. 28 - Summer 1976


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