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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 47 - Autumn 1982
1982 will be remembered as the year of the Indian Summer in more senses than one. Not only did we enjoy some beautiful warm sunny days in September, but the up yard was transformed into a convincing resemblance of the Punjab by the filmset technicians of Granada TV. Two superb Indian railway stations, replicas of those at Premanagar and Mirat Cantonment, were created from plywood and plastic - and were so realistic that visitors felt compelled to touch the solid stone walls, only to discover that they were, in fact, made of lightest and most fragile materials. As a final touch to end the season, the weather played freakish pranks and produced rain of monsoon intensity and a tornado of exceptional ferocity which, in one 'blow', nearly destroyed the filmsets, flipped large panels across the yard and deposited them in the hedge and over into the field. By Enthusiasts' Day it was difficult to imagine that the wrecked buildings had, such a short time before, been fine and impressive railway stations. It was sad to see the demolition of the bodies of the Indian replica railway carriages that had formed such a convincing train for the filming of 'The Jewel in the Crown'. Fortunately, one is still intact.
As I write this Editorial, the site is nearly back to. normal, but we have some materials, several wagons and a great deal of experience which we did not have in the Spring.
One person who will never forget 1982 is Gordon Rodwell. As Roddy was our liaison man with Granada, he was involved with many facets of the planning and execution of the operation. When he took the job he knew he was tackling an assignment of unknown complexity and it proved to be an extremely challenging and sometimes tiring task, most successfully carried out- and for which we thank him most sincerely.
In the excitement of the 'Coming of the Raj' we have had, during the Summer, many other interesting and noteworthy events at Quainton. For the second year the 'Rally of the Giants' event brought large crowds to enjoy the combined attractions of road and rail - and we have hosted the Micro Car Rally, the Rover P4 Rally, the Ford Rally, as well as our own Vintage and Veteran Car and Motor Cycle gathering. A number of new items of rolling stock have arrived and are detailed in this issue. Progress has been made on the foundations of the signal box, VAMES have consolidated their full circuit working, a splendid new illustrated guide has been published, our fireless locomotive has been in steam on a number of occasions, our catering ladies have worked wonders in the refreshment coach and again we had a very successful Schools Week, when about 1,200 children learned about the mysteries of running a railway. No wonder I have heard sounds of near exhaustion from some of the stalwart members who have borne the brunt of the hard work which has enabled so many excellent events to be held. These members will appreciate YOUR help in 1983 - so that's a good resolution for 1st January! Have a Merry Xmas and I trust 1983 will be a Bright and Happy New Year for you all.
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