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

Depot News

From the end of December Ken Ashman took over from Ray Hedley as Chairman of the Depot Committee and we all join in paying tribute to the enormous contribution made by Ray to the Society since we moved to Quainton. Ray has kept the Depot activities going, in spite of all the usual shortages - cash and volunteers! Thank you, Ray, and it is good to know that you are continuing in your efforts, albeit not at the helm. We welcome Ken to his new duties, although he is an old hand at the game of railway preservation. Nevertheless, we wish him well in his very important appointment.

Ken will have the assistance on Committee of Ray Horsley, who will represent Depot on the Executive Committee and, of course, Ray Hedley. He will also have the active help of his son, Colin, and several venture Scouts, because Ken is Assistant Group Scout Leader and believes in practical Scouting! Ken has been a member of our Society for about eight years and has worked with C&W with Ivan and been a member of the C&W Sub-Committee. In private life he is a Service Engineer and at home is a real Do-lt-Yourselfer. One of his plans for 1981 at Quainton is to repaint the station in Met colours - green and cream with white window frames. Other projects include the Lewisham footbridge, the turntable, the up yard water tank and supply, and the wash-out pit. Improvements are in hand at the back of the down side restoration building, including piping the ditch and providing better access to the yard.

Ken will inherit Ray's 'shortages', so it is up to members to do their very best to support Ken in his new job by giving their time and enthusiasm to these and other depot projects. With his wife, Miriam, now leading the Catering team, we have a great team. Best of luck to them, say I! Mick Sell, our previous Catering Manager, has resigned from this post, to enable him to devote more time to his work on the Open Day's Sub-Committee. Thanks, Mick, for your sterling work.

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.

Depot News - Quainton News No. 43 - Spring 1981

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