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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 41 - Summer 1980
Coventry has been the stalwart in service on every operating day this year, assisted by Del's Peckett. The Pannier has had its boiler lifted out, tanks off and the frames are in the shed with the wheels rolled out. The boiler has had its tubes removed and is soon to go to the Severn Valley for firebox repairs and retubing. 7715's wheels will also be reprofiled at Bridgnorth. The Beattie retubing is being done at Quainton and it is hoped to have 0314 in action later this year. L44 has been re-wheeled, but the boiler will need outside contractor's work on it. Our commiserations to David. When Hornpipe was steamed and moved at Easter, it was found that the front axle is not true and it will have to come out for attention. Jill is being reassembled and will be a fascinating engine to see in action. Arthur, described in the Spring 'Quainton News', is for sale (by Brian Clifford) and could become a Society engine. Mick Hatton is renewing the smokebox of his Peckett and we hear that, in the depths of the Ivatt depot, there are plans to remove 46447 wheels and axles.
It was good to see Sentinels 7 and 11 in action for the first time for our visitors at the Spring Bank Holiday in the Up Yard. This was an experimental operation which we hope can be repeated and extended.
11th Annual General Meeting
This was held on 15th April at the Red Cross Centre at Aylesbury. Subscriptions are now: Members (Shareholders) £4; Associate Members £4; O.A.P. Members and Associates £2; Junior Associated (14 to 17 years) £2; Family Associates (an additional combined subscription for wives or husbands of Members or Associates, plus any children under 18 years) £2; or if both parents are shareholders £1 . The report received from the Executive indicated steady progress, despite attendance figures for 1979 being down by 15%, but an increased turnover of 68% in catering and 11% higher bookstall sales were excellent. The purchase of the Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0T Millom, by the Society, was also good news and the progress on fund raising for the purchase of 7200 from Barry should see the big 2-8-2T at Quainton during 1980/81.
Make a note of the next Society Dinner Dance. It will be on 25th October (the night the clocks go back!), at the Ranch House, Aylesbury, at 7.30 for 8 pm - tickets £6.50 from Jo Boait, our Social Secretary (music by the Gerald Lee Disco). Four meetings are planned for next winter at Aylesbury - in November, January, February and March. Look out for further details.
Track is being laid to the coaling road at the Down Yard, but no report has been received from p.w.
Signal and Telegraph
No report received, but we understand the Harlington Signal Box is ours and its contents are now at Quainton.
Carriage and Wagon
No report received, but every member has been sent a letter from Andrew Bratton appealing for donations or loans to purchase pre-nationalisation coaches released from their role as mobile control units. About £2,250 a coach is required and we would like two! Please send your cheques to Andrew and make this a successful appeal. Mike Gordon has resigned from custodianship of the LNWR Royal diner. His fine work on this vehicle has often been admired and, while we regret his decision, we do thank him for his craftsmanship over the past years.
Ray Headley writes to say that the urgent need is for more volunteers, now the Job Creation Scheme is finished. Three of his team are working on the Wembley building and doing a good job, but there are interior repairs necessary to the station booking office and in the ladies loo and both badly need repainting. Volunteers please get in touch with Ray on 01-405 8507.
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