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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 46 - Spring / Summer 1982

The Thirteenth Annual General Meeting of the Quainton Railway Society Ltd

A good attendance of 64 shareholding members and 6 associate members were present at the Quainton Village Hall on 24th April and they were welcomed by the Society Chairman, David Potter.

After approving the minutes of the 12th meeting, David presented his report and spoke of the financial difficulties facing the Society. These problems were further explained by the Treasurer, Andrew Bratton, when, later in the afternoon, he presented the accounts. He said that the overdraft at the bank had risen by £8,000 to £23,000, due to a combination of factors: the decision to undertake certain expenditure on projects, e.g. the footbridge renewal, the Pannier tank repairs and further work on the Wembley shed; and the drop in attendances at Open Days, due to the bad weather in the spring, the recession and inadequate publicity. He felt there were encouraging signs of recovery this year.

Sub-Committee Chairmen and spokesmen presented a picture of steady progress in most departments and grateful thanks were expressed to all who contributed their time and efforts to the good of the Society. The Loco now has eight working locomotives, the notable addition being the Laporte fireless - the first fireless to be operated by any preservation organisation. The repainting and naming of Redland, the veteran diesel shunter, was referred to by Allan Vigor, also the major overhaul of 7715.

C&W had been busy on the LCDR carriage, which now has its partitions in place and has been restored to its original four compartment format. The continuing work on the preparation of the Gresley Brake Third for service was reported, also the illumination of the LNWR dining car for better viewing by visitors and the recent acquisition of the historic London Transport coach. Trevor Chalmers, the S&T Chairman, spoke of progress on the former Harlington signal box, now at Quainton, and the recovery of redundant BR signalling equipment from Cricklewood. For PW, Robert Smith explained his department's work on the up yard shunt and tribute was paid to the retiring Chairman of the section, Neville Royce, for his sterling efforts. The Depot report was presented by Ken Ashman, who explained the many tasks completed by his section, including a new ceiling in the mess room and redecorating the booking hall. Chris Tayler thanked members for their assistance at Open Days and included appreciation for those who had manned the Aylesbury end of the Quaintonian shuttle service. The final sub-committee report was by Rod Thomas - on 6989's progress. He said that the axle boxes had been refitted, springs replaced and the frames, wheels and smokebox saddle repainted. Work was now being concentrated on the overhaul of the locomotive bogie.

On the social side, Jo Boait, as Social Secretary, told the members of the successful series of indoor meetings and the dinner / dance - to be repeated next season (dance at Range House on 13th November) - and then, as Sales Officer, she thanked all the helpers and appealed for more assistance. Eric Miller dealt with fund raising and showed his enthusiasm by asking for more(!). Miriam Ashman (bless her) reported on catering activities and, in her generous way, thanked others for their help too. Finally, Peter Hoskings, Publicity Officer for only two months, dealt with his plans for the future - and everyone wished him every success in his task. Our grateful thanks to Gordon Rodwell for his excellent work for the Society in so many ways. Gordon has now left the Executive Committee, but we trust he has many interesting months in his Quainton / Granada liaison work this year. Elsewhere we record our gratitude to Andrew Bratton at the end of his period of office as our Hon Treasurer and we extend to Robert Frise our grateful thanks for taking on such an important post.

So, at the AGM, one year's work was reported to the members in just under two hours. Warm appreciation and thanks are due to June Lincoln for taking the notes of the meeting and typing them so clearly for the Minutes Secretary, Janice, and for myself to compile this report.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1982 and so does not reflect events in the 32+ 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.

The Thirteenth Annual General Meeting of the Quainton Railway Society Ltd - Quainton News No. 46 - Spring / Summer 1982

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