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Quainton News archive - Quainton News No. 37 - Winter 1978 / 9
At the end of November the Ivatt locomotives were shunted into their new home. For Roy and Peter this was the culmination of years of hard work which started back in 1967 when they acquired 41298 and moved it to Longmoor. Progress continues on L44 and the frames are completely repainted and varnished. Frank and his team would like more assistance to speed up the rebuilding of the Met Tank. Coventry No.1 has all its boiler tubes out and the new set of tubes has been delivered. A number of jobs have been done on the Beattie including remetalling the crosshead slippers, shimming the slide bars, cleaning the firebox for inspection, removing the pistons and valves for examination and replacing a small number of tubes. Del's Peckett and Swanscombe are reported as being ready for service and the Pannier is also waiting for action at Easter. Other locomotives on which work has been done are Alexander, Chislet, Isebrook, and the Sentinels 7 and 11 and Hornpipe which owner David Potter has prepared for a full boiler retubing. Millom, the Hawthorn Leslie tank, has had an inspection and may be changing hands soon. Interesting statistics from Trevor Paice's guard's journal show that there were 422 journeys made on Open Days in 1978; 193 by Del's 2104, 199 by the Beattie and 30 by the Pannier.
In the up yard, Tarmac has had two bouts of shunting, once for the Ivatt move and once for the coaches. The Broomwade & Hibberd has been moved down the yard to be over the pit for Robin Waywell and Co. to continue the good work. The head has been taken off and the engine decoked. The valves are to be re-ground before reassembly. The big lift of the boiler from Wightwick Hall took place on the 1st December and is illustrated on page 14.
Carriage & Wagon Department:
Ivan Street has been elected Committee Chairman and taken over from John Parsons. The move of the three new coaches and the plans for the catering vehicle are dealt with in separate articles in the News. In the Restoration Building Mike Gordon has completed one side of the LNWR dining Saloon in primer and is stripping off some old cable on the roof. Considerable concern has been caused by a leaking roof over the top of the coach and hopefully this has now been stopped. The Great Central compartment bogie coach is now owned by Kim Brooker who has removed the BR internals and plans to replace the partition with double T & G boarding to reform the compartments. Where there were steel side panels on the coach Kim is replacing them with marine ply. Dennis Howell has completely restored his GW Goods Brake Van and it is immaculate inside. New steel plate is replacing the corroded sections of the verandah panels. Trevor Paice has continued his excellent work on the panels and doors of the GNR coach. It is with disgust that we have to report the theft of the cast axles box covers from the GN and the LCD coaches.
Permanent Way Department:
The switch to the Wembley Building has been rebuilt and has gone back very well. Three new timbers were put in at the same time. P Way are proposing to move over to the up yard after Easter and they ask if any member has any knowledge of fair quality timber sleepers being available at a low cost.
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