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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 43 - Spring 1981

Winter Lecture Series 1980 / 81 - John Carter

In the past winter members living in the Aylesbury area have been able to attend a very interesting series of films and illustrated talks organised by Jo Boait.

The first was held in November and included films from the British Transport archives which gave an insight into locomotive repair at Crewe and waxed lyrical over the delights of track laying and alignment! A more recent film, shown at the request of the Hon Secretary, illustrated some of the engineering problems and triumphs behind the rebuilding of the Brittania Bridge. The bridge, which links the Isle of Anglesea with mainland Wales across the Menai Straits, was badly damaged by fire, which necessitated the replacement of its original box-girder spans with more conventional steel arches.

In December Mr Bill George showed slides taken from the S W A Newton collection of photographs, which is in the care of the Leicestershire Museums. Mr George is, at present, cataloging the entire collection of photographs, which depict the construction, opening and early years of the Great Central Railway. This talk was rich in local history and attracted a large audience.

The third talk in the series was given by Mr R H N Hardy - the author of 'Steam in the Blood'. Mr Hardy talked of the locomotives and men of the Metropolitan and Great Central railways. He reminisced about his boyhood, when, from an early age, he used to ride on the footplate - and he recalled the period which he spent as Shedmaster at Woodford Halse. In addition, Mr Hardy hinted, to a delighted audience, that there may be another book 'in the pipeline'.

The season ended on 5th March at Bedgrove Pavilion, Aylesbury, when Mr George Hinchcliffe, of 'Flying Scotsman Enterprises', presented two films: 'Coming Home' (the return of 4472 from the USA) and 'Raising Steam'.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1981 and so does not reflect events in the 33+ 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.

Winter Lecture Series 1980 / 81 - John Carter - Quainton News No. 43 - Spring 1981

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