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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 31 - Spring 1977

Editorial


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Photo:
C Sheppard - Barry, 1972 - 34016 Bodmin before it came to Quainton


In this issue it is good to be able to describe two events which have taken place as a result of splendid co-operation by many members working together with the one objective in mind; the good of our Society. The first article tells the story of the moving after dismantling at Hither Green of a fine wheeldrop for Quainton, while the second relates the events of two years ago when the Pannier tank decided to go to ground, and there was a united determination to re-rail it before the next day. Both articles show what can be achieved by the combined efforts of willing workers.

The principal job of Quainton News is to record the News of Quainton Railway Society. Like any newspaper it flourishes on copy and stories sent to its Editor by on the spot reporters. It is most successful in fulfilling its purpose if its Editor keeps in close personal contact with all those interesting events which make up the life of a Society. But an Editor living 100 miles from Quainton has a problem in keeping his finger on the pulse and understanding in detail those special difficulties which working members may be facing. The problem is communications.

Perhaps this enforced separation from Quainton led to him writing a part of the Editorial in the Winter issue which unfortunately gave offence to at least one member. For this I do apologise because it was not my intention to be divisive. Rather, it was my enthusiasm for the Society and its future that made me write and express my disappointment on learning, indirectly, of the possibility of our losing some income in 1977 by only having single train working even in the busy holiday Open Days. Maybe if I had been informed by those directly concerned with the problem I would have appreciated the difficulties. Then I could have presented a more informed picture to those members whose only contact with Quainton is through this magazine.

My earnest hope is that I will receive some more news and articles with black and white photographs from you who are knowledgeable. If you agree I was misinformed or believe I am out of touch please help me with first-hand information. I will be delighted.


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1977 and so does not reflect events in the 38+ 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. 31 - Spring 1977


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