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

Letters to the Editor

To: The Editor, Quainton News

From: R. A. Castle, Dunmow

26th March, 1977

The article by Austin Harland "Ten Years of Sales" in Quainton News number 30 was very interesting to me. I have never seen a picture of the mobile sales and exhibition stand which I constructed and operated; looking back I can hardly believe that I ever managed it.

I can add some information to the article, although firstly I should mention that support for the purchase of the truck, and for the idea, also came from Derek Baines, as well as from the then LRPS chairman.

The truck itself has survived to become preserved as an old vehicle: I sold it several years ago for this purpose to a preservation minded acquaintance for a nominal sum. His intention is to dismantle it completely and restore it properly to take to occasional rallies and displays.

Actually, the project was too expensive to make a useful contribution to funds, but it certainly drew attention to ourselves. The greatest reward for its existence is that it led to the preservation of the LNWR dining car. A visitor at a Traction Engine Rally turned out to be the works manager at Wolverton Carriage Works. He said that he was going to scrap a coach shortly which was in such remarkable condition that it would be rather a pity. Had he not seen our stand it is almost certain that the dining car would have been destroyed. As it was, the LRPS decided that an all-out effort should be made to save the vehicle; everybody I know seems pleased that this decision was taken, although at the time having regard to the financial position of the LRPS there was a feeling that further expenditure was rash.

Yours sincerely, Richard A Castle

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.

Letters to the Editor - By Janice Uphill - Quainton News No. 32 - Summer 1977

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