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Quainton News archive - Quainton News No. 34 - Spring 1978

Society Notes

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J R Fairman - LNWR Brake Third 22736

Locomotive Department:

There's plenty of activity to report from this section. In preparation for Easter 7715 is having a special repaint in 1947 black livery and Del's Peckett has had some firebox-end tube ferrules changed. Coventry is to have a number of tubes taken out after the holiday and new ones fitted professionally. Dave Alexander is replacing the wooden buffer blocks and plates on Trym while Reg Uphill is continuing the overhaul of Chislet by working on the right side crank pins and connecting rod bearing. No. 7 Sentinel has its boiler out for new tubes. Frank Boait's little Peckett, no longer to be call Jill, has had a hydraulic test on her boiler. Swanscombe was in steam on 5th February to haul the crane to South for points renewal work. Brian Clifford now expects to be retubing Sydenham this summer. In the up yard Juno was in steam before Xmas and moved 41298 and 46447 to the south end and Juno is now over the old loco pit. Dennis Howell's Pannier, 9466, looks well in its green livery and a lot of 'homework' is being done. The 6024 Group members are doing all they can to raise funds to continue the work on King Edward I and our Society has a close understanding with the Group and their challenge. Meanwhile we can report the completion of the ash pan and the attention being given by Crewe to tender axle journals, also the remetalling of eccentric straps and sheaves. Work on Isebrook is going well and the brake and sanding gear is being re-assembled . Tarmac has been very busy at weekends shunting. At the end of November she assisted in filming activities concerned with advertising a filler material which, for the advert was packed between the ends of rails at a joint and then had Tarmac pulling two Mk I coaches over the joint.

Carriage & Wagon Department:

Early in December another GW Toad brake van, W68766, owned by Dennis Howells, arrived from the Engineer's Yard, Didcot. The floor has since been taken out and all the old iron ballast removed for scrap. The LNWR Cell Van, 580, has been bought from Brian Clifford by the Great Central Coach Group to whom QRS are grateful. The Cinema Coach has replaced 41298 in the Cattle Dock and we hope it will be used for film shows later this year. Our other LNWR twelve wheeler, the beautiful kitchen-diner continues to receive Mike Gordon's devoted attention. One side has been completely stripped down, panels are going back and the side will be repainted this summer. On the Gresley BSK rotten roof boards are being replaced and a number of side panels are being renewed by the JCS carpenter. Trevor Paice has given the GN Brake Third a repaint inside and a revarnishing. The MSLR six wheeler is being completed for service by Dick Scott & Co and the LCDR four wheeler should also be ready for Easter.

Permanent Way Department:

Good progress on the re-alignment of the down side running line has been made, (see Quainton News No. 33). The points at South were lifted in on 5th February and this was to be followed by reconnecting the short siding and the Wembley shed spur. In the up yard work has continued on clearing the headshunt by JCS labour for a further 200 yards of track which will then be barred over to give the necessary clearances. P.W Dept, have also had a good check of stores and tools and have been able to offer some material for sale.


The severe gales of the winter have made first aid repairs necessary at the station building where flashing has had to be repaired and at the down yard restoration building where loose sheeting required refixing. The platform gates have been rebuilt and a new post has been fitted for double gates. Progress on lighting installations continues with two main yard floodlights completed and one light on the footbridge now in use. The saga of fitting 110v sockets in the restoration building has also been completed. At the new up yard building the JCS lads have laid the concrete rubble floors and ballast shingle has been put down ready for track laying. The Wembley shed has been the scene of drainage work and rubble has been placed ready for concreting. The structure has been re-aligned and after some further disturbance by strong winds has been finally fixed. The machine shop block walls have been built and the forge annexe is complete. An open store is to be built opposite for general use. Walkways outside the building are now finished, also the cesspit outside the messroom, the roof drains, traps and soakaways. Many thanks to Guy Heap for accepting the job of repainting the station footbridge. There is still plenty of work at the station building and shop for willing painters, decorators and carpenters and for volunteer electricians to complete the lighting installations.

Signal and Telegraph Department:

There has been some incorrect reporting of the purchase of a telephone exchange. A 30 extension manual board has been purchased and this is now on site and should be in operation at Easter. A start has been made on laying telephone cables in the up yard and it is hoped to have three phones in the area, one on the weigh bridge wall, one in the new shed and another at a position convenient for the VAMES. The Tring 20 lever frame has been moved into the machine shop area for renovation. Tim Stevens will be organising his signalling exhibition, now renamed Sigex 78, at the August Bank Holiday Open Days.

Sales Department:

The 1978 edition of Steam is being published in two parts. Part I contains all standard gauge preservation lines and Part 2, which should appear in June, will cover the narrow gauge. Both Parts will be A5 size and will contain many colour illustrations. Ensure your copies by ordering, at £1.50 [Note 1] each part, from the Sales Department, plus any other books you need for your collection.

1 - Obviously we can no longer supply these items at the prices offered in 1978, if at all!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1978 and so does not reflect events in the 37+ 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. 34 - Spring 1978

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