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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 40 - Spring 1980


1980 will be a very important year, perhaps the most important in the history of our Society. We are all aware that our primary objective must be to attract the public to Quainton's Open Days and for 1980 we are planning even better value for our visitors and more publicity to reach the maximum number of people. The Open Days Committee have a terrific target to aim for this year - 10,000 more visitors! They have an increased budget, there will be lots of new ventures and we will need more and more helpers.

Here are some of the plans which have already been approved. The biggest show of the year will be at Easter - with up to twelve Traction Engines, up to thirty Barn Engines, about twenty Market Stalls and plenty of the popular smaller side shows, including an opportunity to visit the cab of one of our locomotives. The Aylesbury Charter DMU The Quaintonian will be running on Easter Sunday, as well as on the Monday, and it will truly be an Easter Extravaganza.

On May Bank Holiday we have a Musical May Day, with a Jazz Band and a Fairground Organ - not adjacent to each other! - and all supporting attractions. At the Spring Bank Holiday weekend we will have a 'Spring Spectacular', with special displays by the Territorial Army, plus all the 'usual' Quainton activities -and this year our Chairman's Hornpipe will be another 'first time in steam' attraction - hopefully by Easter.

A Bubble-Car Rally will take place on 29th June, a Commercial Vehicle Rally on 27th July and Quainton will be steaming for all Sundays in July and August. The August Holiday Open Days will be another great weekend, with a Signalling Exhibition, an exhibition of beautiful models by the VAMES and, on the Monday, the ever popular Vintage Car Rally.

Keeping the Quainton Railway Centre a healthy growing organisation is a very worthy cause which needs a lot of income, but we must realise that we are in a very competitive leisure market. This year the Society is making an all-out effort to give the best possible value for the whole family on their days out and we will succeed if every member gives his or her help - even if it is for only a couple of hours on an Open Day, or maybe assisting with sales, or perhaps lending a hand on the Quainton stand at a Rally or an Exhibition.

And, if you cannot possibly do any of these things, you can still make a major contribution to our success in 1980. You can take part in our Grand Railway Lottery. Tickets are only 25p each and we are sure you will be able to sell at least fifty each - probably one hundred - and maybe more. This Grand Railway Lottery is another 'first' for Quainton and its success will depend on your enthusiasm. Now let us make 1980 a year when, at its close, we can have a happy Treasurer, with enough cash flowing into his coffers to let all Sections of our Society go ahead with their worthwhile restoration lans. Hope to see you at Quainton in 1980.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1980 and so does not reflect events in the 34+ 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.

Editorial - Quainton News No. 40 - Spring 1980

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