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Quainton News Archive - No. 58 - Autumn / Winter 1985 / 86

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Goes Commercial
News from the new Sub-Committee


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Trevor Page - Where else (in the World!) can you hope to have a passenger train journey double headed by two Sentinels? Here, on 29th September 1985, are Isebrook and Susan working together on Enthusiasts Day


One of the first jobs of the new Commercial Sub-Committee was to get the business of promoting our fresh image as 'Buckinghamshire Railway Centre' off the ground. Logically, we are starting with signposts, so that visitors can actually find us and, having done so, can easily see the way into and around the Centre. This sounds obvious, but it is an area in which we have been sadly lacking in the past.

In 1986 we are making a start on replacing the 'AA' roadside signs with ones of a permanent nature erected and maintained by Bucks County Council. By 1987 we hope to be able to do away with 'AA' signs completely, apart from the occasional special arrangement. In addition to saving us money, the signs will be a permanent form of advertising.

Having been directed to the Centre, our visitors will be welcomed by bright but 'tasteful' entrance boards directing them to the car park and booking hall. Apart from days when the car park field is in use, the booking hall will become the 'way in'. Inside the Centre will be numerous direction and information signs telling our visitors all they need to know to find their way around. A start will also be made on 'labelling' our static exhibits.

Distinctive colours have been chosen for the 'on site' signs. Direction and welcoming signs will be in the green and cream style we use on the station. The larger notices will carry our new 'Buckinghamshire Railway Centre' logo. Static exhibit 'labels' will be white on black with an 'i' symbol in one corner. Warning signs will be white on red, except those on and around the station, which will be in traditional style.

At the station we will attempt to keep the immediate area as closely as possible to the condition and appearance it would have presented at the early part of this century - the Civil Engineering Department are even hoping to replace the small telephone cabinet on platform three with one of the appropriate style!

Not strictly a commercial matter, but one which will improve our image a great deal, is the news that the driveway and paths within the Centre will be improved a great deal by next season. It's a little too early to give exact details just yet, but keep your eye on the Engineering notes.

Something else even farther into the future is the possible opening of the Centre for Christmas steamings in 1986. There are quite a number of hurdles to be overcome before we can put on a good show at that time of the year, but it is something to which very serious thought will be given over the next few months. One of the problems will be staffing, because many usually active members have family commitments. Dare we ask, yet again, for some new faces?

On the subject of new faces, I recently heard of a couple of members who were under the impression that as they were 'getting on a bit' and as they had no technical knowledge they thought they could not be of any help at the Centre. Nothing could be further from the truth! Please, let nobody believe they will not be welcome at Quainton. EVERY SINGLE MEMBER can be found a job, many of which need no technical knowledge at all, let alone the ability to rush about like a ten-year-old. For instance, stewarding the museum, work in the bookshop or ticket office, tending the gardens, staffing an information desk, a spot of painting here or there - the list is endless!

Speaking of help wanted here or there, don't forget our pleas in the last issue for assistance with the children's birthday parties. It would be a shame to lose this popular and valuable service through lack of help. There is much that could be done in the way of special events like this - our Victorian Teas are another example - but they all depend on plenty of reliable help. If you think it's a little early to ask for help for next season, at a rough guess you will probably be reading this about twelve weeks before our first public open day of 1986! It doesn't seem five minutes ago that we were getting ready for 1985!

Before I shut-up for another three months (thank goodness for that, you say), a few notes for your diary with regard to our bigger open days next year:

Easter Sunday and Monday:
Children's Weekend. DMU both days.

Early May Bank Holiday:
Victorian Weekend. DMU Monday.

Spring Bank Holiday:
Racing / Rally Car Exhibition. Bus Rally and DMU Monday only.

August Bank Holiday:
Vintage Cars. DMU Monday.

5th October:
Enthusiasts Day.

See you there!


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1986 and so does not reflect events in the 28+ 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.

Reference:
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Goes Commercial - News from the new Sub-Committee - No. 58 - Autumn / Winter 1985 / 86


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