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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 33 - Winter 1977 / 8

Society Notes

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A V Tucker - 6989's Tender leaving Barry, 23rd July 1977

Locomotive Department:

Well deserved congratulations for the excellent parade at the Enthusiast's weekend, although there were anxious moments. Coventry No. 1 has had some tubes blanked off and the Pannier's firebox needed watching. Nevertheless all went well and thanks are due to many who slaved to meet the deadline; not forgetting the sterling efforts of the private owners. The restoration of L44 is to be the main effort during the winter and the frames, wheels and boiler have been painted during September. In the up yard the Standard 2-6-0, 76017, is progressing towards steaming trials and the high standard of external finish now includes burnished wheel rims and a silver capped chimney! The nice little Manning, Wardle 0-4-0ST, Brill, has left Quainton for a new home on the Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust at Hunsbury Hill, Northants., it left our site on 26th September, having been sold by Brian Clifford. Brian has also sold 66 Spartacus but its new owner, Nevill Chamberlain, is keeping it at Quainton. Steaming of Juno is planned for 7th November when a major shunting exercise will be carried out in the up yard to place rolling stock in the new restoration building. The arrival of the tender for 6989 Wightwick Hall took place on 24th July and a considerable amount of hard work has been done on cleaning the tank and stripping down. It is understood that this tender was coupled to 7927 when it arrived at Woodhams yard, Barry. The date for the movement of 6989 from South Wales is still uncertain because the contract has not yet been placed with a haulage firm. Good progress has been made on the restoration of 9466 which is now the property of Dennis Howells and the Great Western green on the Pannier matches that on the King in this little Swindonian district of Quainton.

Carriage and Wagon Department:

The big news is, of course, the arrival of the five coaches on 5th July. The pictures on page 8 were taken by John Parsons who has tackled his LNWR Brake Third by giving it an extra coat of red paint externally. Chris Britten has been working on his LMS Sleeping Car, resealing joints on the roof and gutters and concentrating on making it watertight. The van section of our new BSK, S34947, has already proved very useful because it housed the VAMES display at the Enthusiasts weekend. The Great Central six wheeler was in use at the August weekend but not in September because a number of items require attention before it enters service again. The excellent cleaning down of the panelling of the LNWR Dining Car by Mike Gordon has continued . On the sole bar the number 10411 has appeared.


The new Restoration Building in the up yard has had its roof sheeting fitted and by the end of October the side sheeting was fixed for two metres down from the roof on all sides. In the workshop in the down yard building the machinery has been repainted and the milling machine and hand press both look very smart. The Manpower Services team under Dick Scott's directions, has been working on the drainage of the Wembley Shed site. Another application has been made to the Commission for a grant to apply from the New Year. A second appeal has been launched for funds for the Catering & Bookstall Building and all members are earnestly requested to give as generously as possible or to make a loan at Bank Rate plus 1%. Details from our Treasurer.

Permanent Way Department:

There are two major tasks which are being tackled in the 'closed' period. The relaying at Quainton South is illustrated in the centre pages and the second project is to prepare a running line in the up yard. The east or up yard head shunt has been completed with the necessary clearances from BR property. Assistance will be gratefully accepted from all who realise the vital importance of having a good track for our rolling stock on both sides of the main line.

Signal and Telegraph Department:

The successful exhibition 'Signalling '77' has been described elsewhere. A revised mechanical signalling layout for the down yard has been submitted and approved by the Executive Committee in principle and it will be prepared for the acceptance by the D of T. A 50- line automatic telephone exchange is obtained which, when installed, will eliminate the need for an operator. Cable routing plans are in hand. Hopefully, 1978 will see the arrival of a signal box at Quainton but the choice of a box has not yet been made.

Corrections to the Summer Issue:

Firstly, the roof of the Brill waiting room is not lead but is zinc. The cellar was only 3ft 6in deep on the Brill platform side. On the main line side it was 1ft 6in. The floor was clay and it became very messy in wet weather. It was not therefore very satisfactory as a store for valuable locomotive spares.

Secondly, the scale on the plan of the proposed Sales and Refreshment Building was wrong. In the text the dimensions are correct. We now know that the toilets shown at the end of the building are not practicable because the fall on the sewer outlet would be too small in the length to connect to the existing sewer.

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.

Society Notes - Quainton News No. 33 - Winter 1977 / 8

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