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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 61 - Autumn / Winter 1986 / 87
The Enthusiast's Day - 1986 by Observer II
On 5th October, Buckingham Railway Centre was able to boast eight locos in steam for the 1986 Enthusiasts Day. Several previous occasions have seen us with seven engines operating, but the return of 9466 from Swanage enabled the record to be broken. 9466 was in fact running as 9404, the number it would have carried at the ill-fated GWR 150 celebrations (see qn No. 59). The active eight were : 7715, 9466, Coventry No.1, Isebrook , Susan, Peckett 1900, the Fireless loco and Met. No. l.
9404 took its turn on the up running line in an impressive timetable of events, which included the operation of goods, parcels, mixed, engineers and passenger trains. As has become the usual practice, the final workings in each yard were double-headed, Met.No.l and Coventry No. 1 sharing a goods and parcels train on the down side, while Sentinel locos Susan and Isebrook took charge of the up side passenger shuttle.
Isebrook was in fact celebrating its 60th birthday and sported whitewall tyres and a floral garland! This loco is, by the way, the oldest working Sentinel railway locomotive in the world. Frank Boait's tiny Peckett No. 1900 also celebrated an important anniversary this year, as it was turned out of Atlas Works in 1936 - 50 years ago.
Making its debut on Enthusiasts Day was LSWR ventilated van No. 5025, restored to immaculate London & South Western Railway salmon and brown livery, with a white roof. The unusual livery of this vehicle makes another welcome splash of colour. Although lining and lettering are awaited, it was just too good to leave under wraps on the big day - and it was used in as many trains as possible, thus maintaining the tradition of trying to have at least one new item of rolling stock for each Enthusiasts event. The LSW Van Gang report that they will now be concentrating on completing remaining work on Gresley BTK No. 41384, but restoration of LMS box van No. 34676 is already under way, so this vehicle looks set to maintain our tradition next year.
Our first Enthusiasts' Weekend was held in 1977 and continued over two days - 24th and 25th September. It was a very good show and we had six engines in steam, all in the down yard. The Beattie double-headed the Peckett 2104, chimney to chimney, on the Sunday, when we had 1,000 visitors - but the highlight, complete with running commentary by Steve Growcott, was the cavalcade. Taking part were the Beattie (please come back soon!), Peckett 2104, Pannier 7715, Coventry No.1 and Swanscombe, plus Sentinel 11. What about a special 10th anniversary cavalcade in 1987 with all these again taking pride of place?
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