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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 32 - Summer 1977

Editorial


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Photo:
J R Fairman - Beautifully Restored - GCR 1076 at Quainton, 10th April, 1977


There is one recurrent theme in the Reports I receive from Sub-Committees. We could do so much more if we had some more help! At Quainton we are rather proud of the solid progress we have made over the past eight years although we are all waiting impatiently for our own pet scheme to be finished or even started! Money and man-hours are the twin problems, so what can we do about it and what should be our personal approach to the problem. Jerome K. Jerome said that it is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. If he was right then we ought to enjoy our idle moments immensely

I recall reading Three Men in a Boat some years ago-a marvellous book. So I looked at its pages again and found this passage. 'I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me; the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.' Thank goodness our members are not following this philosophy!

Did you hear of the way Mick and Bev Sell made a cardboard model locomotive at very short notice (named it Anthea), mounted it on the roof rack of their car, entered it in the Aylesbury Carnival on 4th June and drove ahead of Tim Stevens who pushed a wheel barrow, looked like an engineman (?) and with Chris Tayler dished out QRS handbills advertising our Spring Open Days! Great stuff; what a splendid example of personal initiative!

Austin Harland was speaking to me the other day and suggested we should all keep our eyes open for other opportunities to 'sell' Quainton; in fact, a revival of some of that pioneering spirit which worked wonders in those LRPS days when we were trying to raise the cash to buy L44 and the Beattie. He wondered if we were getting all the publicity we can from Steam Rallies, Model Railway Exhibitions and so on. A great deal is already being done by many members but don't let's miss a trick. And why not a membership drive to see if we can increase the numbers of active volunteers? It is good to see the excellent results of the labour of Dick Scott & Co. and their efforts have taken us much further forward than we had expected. But it all costs money and money comes from visitors and they come to Quainton because they have heard it is a good day out. So let's tell our neighbours and friends about the QRS and ask yourself, what can I do to help the Society in publicity, in recruiting new members and in doing those worthwhile jobs at our depot. It will make your idle moments so very enjoyable. Good luck!


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1977 and so does not reflect events in the 36+ 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. 32 - Summer 1977


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