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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 38 - Spring / Summer 1979
The Gresley and Other Coaches
From time to time in Society Notes reference has been made to work being carried out on the LNER Gresley Brake 3rd, in particular the sterling efforts being made by Paul Johnston. He not only leads the actual restoration, but also organises the fund-raising bottle stall at Open Days (pat on the back for Paul!).
Paul now reports that, if all goes well, we should see the Gresley in traffic during 1980. By late summer the simulated teak livery should be finished on the panelling and steel sheeting following the task now underway - rubbing down, filling and undercoating. All windows are being rebedded in a flexible sealing mastic compound to prevent leaks in future and to allow for movement of the body when in traffic. The last job will be internal fitting out and upholstery renovation and renewals. This is going to be an expensive phase and Paul asks all members to support, please, his appeal to bring bottles for the bottle stall. During 1979, the bottle stall is to be operated on Steaming Sundays, as well as the Holiday Weekends, so every bottle will be gratefully received and the proceeds will be faithfully applied.
When you are at Quainton you should have a look at the Corridor Composite, M15319. It has deteriorated rather badly and some repairs and repainting are really necessary. The three Mark I coaches cost the Society quite a lot of money and it is not right that we should allow them to become in an even worse state than they are now. So please can we have a few volunteers who are handy with a wire brush and a paint brush to spend some evenings and weekends on the Mark 1's.
The six-wheeled LNWR passenger brake should also be looking better this year because we have had delivered to Quainton some authentic Premier Line plum and spilt milk paint.
Tony Lyster would be very glad to learn of a member with suitable qualifications to be our Inspector of coaches, formerly carried out by Frank White. Frank has had to give up this job, which he has carried out for many years so well and to whom we would like to say how grateful we have been for his loyal efforts.
The C and W Sub-Committee now comprises: Ivan Start (Chairman). Trevor Paice (Safety Representative and Head Guard), Paul Johnstone (Stores and Workshop Officer), Tony Lyster (Executive Committee), Chris Britten, Mike Gordon and K Manton.
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