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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 41 - Summer 1980


The Rocket 150 cavalcade, held at Rainhill on 24th, 25th and 26th May, was truly a memorable event and it was a wonderful shop window of steam locomotive preservation, demonstrating the work and dedication of railway devotees in this country to the cause of our national rail transport heritage. Perhaps there was a small gap in the procession which should have been filled by our Metropolitan 0-4-4T or by Butler Henderson from Loughborough, but Quainton memories could be stirred by a V2, Green Arrow, an A3, Flying Scotsman, and, of course, a Black 5, 5000. My personal dose of nostalgia was provided by the beautiful sight of Lord Nelson and Cheltenham, both shining in fresh malachite green livery and both reminding me of the Waterloo to Bournemouth expresses of twenty years ago. What will be the next spectacular occasion? We have had Shildon in 1975, Rainhill in 1980. Would the demand justify a frequency of less than five years? I think it would. Perhaps the next event should be in Scotland (where BR are always enterprising), maybe in Wales (at Barry?), or could it be in the South of England for a change, say at Swindon! More likely, for a really big occasion, on one of the major preservation centres. Rumour has it that one such railway has a Centenary in 1982 and we might be represented there by a certain locomotive! Watch th is space!

Good news is that we have purchased the signal box and frame from Harlington station on the Midland Railway main line. The contents should have been received at Quainton by now and it is proposed to bring the box itself to our down yard later in the summer; so here's the chance for all S&T members to help Trevor Chalmers who will co-ordinate all the work.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1980 and so does not reflect events in the 30+ 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. 41 - Summer 1980

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