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

From Akeman Street - John Fairman

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Photos: - J R Fairman

On one of my visits to Quainton, about 1970, I was intrigued to see an electric locomotive and two passenger brake vans standing on the former Great Central Ashendon Jc. to Grendon Underwood Jc. line about half a mile west of Akeman Street station on the A41 road. My curiosity was aroused when, on a subsequent visit, the oddity was still there! So I investigated and took these photographs. Enquiries established the fact that the locomotive had been used for weather experiments to determine the effect of cross wind on a pantograph and I found it was the historic gas turbine loco, 18100, built by Metropolitan Vickers in 1952. In 1958 it was converted for electrification testing and training for the LMR 25kV electrification and renumbered E1000. As E2001, it was withdrawn from stock in 1968, and moved to Akeman Street a year later. On 10th May 1972 it was towed away to Rugby with the BGs and scrapped. Truly a strange local incident.

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.

From Akeman Street - John Fairman - Quainton News No. 41 - Summer 1980

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