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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 42 - Autumn / Winter 1980 / 81
The retubing of Beattie is in hand and further boiler work will be carried out in 1981, so that the locomotive can be in good fettle for the proposed transfer to the Bluebell Railway for their 1982 Centenary celebrations. 7715's boiler and wheels went away to the Severn Valley Railway for attention on 28th June and work at Quainton has been concentrated on cleaning and repainting the frames. The Pannier should be ready for service sometime in 1981, but Coventry No. 1 will be in action at Easter. Jill, the low line Peckett, is hoped to be steamed next year. Hornpipe's front axle and wheels has been taken out for the axle to be straightened and this should be another performer due for a share in next season's traffic. The Sentinel No. 2 has been running on most Steaming Sundays and Open Days since mid-summer and its copper capped chimney is a reminder of its GWR connections in 1926. Dennis Howells restoration of 9466 proceeds well and the external appearance is splendid in GWR livery. The appeal for saving 7200 is nearly home - just another £1,000 to go, so please make a final effort.
Carriage and Wagon Department
Work has continued on the renovation of the Chatham coach No.9, which received its first coat of varnish (all over) on 28th September. Removal of old paint on the frames has revealed yellow letters on a maroon background, Train No. 34. The Society has tendered for a Gresley coach at Carstairs, which it is hoped to purchase for pairing with our Brake 3rd - for use in the down yard service. Adrian Hudson, of Gainsborough Road, Basingstoke, is promoting the Pre-Nationalisation Coach Appeal for the Society and hopes for a good response, especially from those members who have expressed their concern that we should have tried to purchase one of the emergency control vehicles. Andrew Bratton, our Treasurer, is also asking for your donations towards a historic London Transport coach, 14233, which is a wartime reconstruction from two carriages, both severely damaged in autumn 1940 by enemy action - District Line trailer car 013167 and Metropolitan Line motor car 14233. £10,000 is required to enable it to be purchased, restored and provided with covered accommodation at Quainton Road.
Signal and Telegraph
Dennis Howells is proposing to erect a GW signal and AWS ramp to demonstrate that Company's system while the Ivatt Trust have come up with the same idea using the Midland version. Both installations will be in the up yard.
The Dinner Dance was held on 25th October at the Ranch House, Stoke Mandeville, and was even better than last year - thanks again to Jo Boait's super efforts. Eighty-six members and friends enjoyed dancing (most of them had a go!) to the Gerald Lee Disco. The programme of meetings at the Bedgrove Pavilion, Aylesbury, has continued with films on 6th November and Bill George will be talking about the Great Central on 11th December. On 23rd January we will welcome Mr R H N Hardy, author of Steam in the Blood, and he will speak on Men of the Railway. Mr Hardy has now been appointed our independent Footplate Examiner and we are particularly fortunate in having such a distinguished engineer to carry out this work for our Society. On 5th March George Hinchcliffe of Flying Scotsman Enterprises fame will present two films. Marvellous entertainment for 1981!
This is the time of year to place your order for books, puzzles, calendars, models and all the other goodies stocked in our Sales Shop. It is also the right time to say to Peter Hoskings and his wife a very warm thank you for your terrific efforts to boost Quainton sales. Sorry Peter to loose you, but a cordial welcome to Jo Boait who is, I understand, taking up the challenge. Good luck Jo and don't stay up too late reading Frank!
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