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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 44 - Spring / Summer 1981
Work in the Up yard - Roy Miller
We are now moving towards consolidating our plans to operate our larger locomotives in the up yard; and included in these plans are proposals to make it a practical proposition to operate trains to and from the BR line when we are both ready and able.
For the first phase, it is important to have a length of steaming line in the up yard in good order, so that those locomotives ready to run have somewhere to operate. We also need to introduce another source of income and alternative train rides in th is yard will be one way of doing it.
For some time now we have been planning to erect the Lewisham footbridge (now that it is not needed for the Station) at the Aylesbury end of our site. This will relieve the present congestion over the Station footbridge during our major open days and it will improve the circulation of people around the site. Photographers too will be pleased to have a further vantage point overlooking the site. The bridge will be erected to span our own up yard headshunt, the BR track, our down yard running line and the short siding, at a point where the up yard tracks converge by the Vale of Aylesbury MES area. Another new path will be made to run alongside the locomotive inspection pit and the signals demonstration area and this will connect to the existing path of the VAMES site.
Both Lewisham spans will be required to bridge this width of track and land. On the down yard side the bridge will lead onto the area of field that we already own, south of the Wembley building. Although it is intended to allow this area to be used by the local farmer, as now (to keep the grass down), it will be fenced off and used as a path and viewing area during public open days. The path will lead to the rear of the Wembley building and connect to the path recently constructed at the side of the down yard tracks.
As soon as funds and materials permit, the up yard headshunt will be relaid, using, if possible, concrete sleepers for its original full length. The buffer stop at the end of the reception siding will be removed and the track taken through a new gateway, to rejoin the track leading to the headshunt by means of a new point. Here a new fence and crossing gates will seal off the area of the inspection pit south of the VAMES crossing, to provide a locomotive servicing area easily visible but not accessible to the public.
At the south end of the reception siding the track will be broken and slewed away from the two refreshment coaches, to terminate at a new buffer stop adjacent to the cattle dock. A new timber platform, two coaches in length, will be erected alongside this line, to enable passengers to board the up yard train. The position of the proposed connection to B R will remain unchanged, but the new arrangement will provide better run-round facilities for our own and visiting trains.
New fencing will be erected behind the Station platform, to join up with that presently protecting the site and existing reception siding. Thus the entire length of the proposed running line will be properly protected and the public will not be allowed access beyond the end of the VAMES area when trains are operating.
None of this will be possible without your help, apart from the relaying of the headshunt. Fortunately, it will not be a costly project, as most of the material is already available. Permanent Way will need a great deal more help with the revised track layout and the team responsible for the erection of the Lewisham footbridge need help now with painting of steelwork, before the onset of Winter.
Please lend a hand (or two) on these exciting developments!
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