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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 62 - Spring 1987
As reported in the last issue of Quainton News, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre will be open on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season, plus Wednesdays in June, July and August. It is not planned to have a steam locomotive in operation on Saturdays, so prices will be reduced accordingly. However, visitors will often be able to see an engine being prepared for the following day's work. Opening times have been completely standardised at 11.00 am to 5.30 pm with last admission at 5.00 pm. All attractions, sales outlets, etc. will remain open until 5.30 pm. With one or two exceptions, prices will remain at 1986 levels, although an increase in anticipated for the 1988 season.
Another new feature for 1987 will be the ramble. For a modest price visitors will be able to purchase a small booklet giving them a guided tour of the Centre via about twenty points of interest. In this way it is hoped to make a visit far more rewarding. Our station and site have an enormous story to tell and that is just the problem - there is so much to be said that the presentation of everything in an easy digestible form is very difficult, not to say expensive. Yet it is a job we must tackle, as this story is something which makes our Centre different from the rest - we ignore it at our peril. Chris Tayler and Mark Toynbee have been responsible for implementing the ramble and their efforts should be available for all to see by the time you read this.
On the subject of presentation, you will read elsewhere in this issue of the efforts being made to restore the station building and its surroundings. This year (except when we use the field entrance) visitors will buy their tickets from the booking office window - just as if they were going on a journey to Verney Junction or Brill. With the aid of period posters and timetables, plus perhaps a smartly dressed ticket inspector, we can further add to this illusion. This may sound a little like play acting, but, if it is necessary to make a visit to the Centre more memorable, it is something we must do. Only by giving our visitors something good to go away and talk to their friends about will we get word of mouth publicity. Word of mouth is not only free, but used properly will bring better results than all the newspaper adverts imaginable. Proof of this is the success of our children's birthday parties - 90% of bookings are as a result of a previous visit by somebody who has gone away happy.
Presentation also means smartly dressed staff and the Commercial Sub-Committee hope to see more people in railway uniform this year or, alternatively, for those in shops etc., staff pullovers are still available in all sizes from 34" to 42" (other sizes can be ordered). Museum Curator Alan Vessey can often help with railway uniforms - a polite word will often see a near-new old uniform coming your way. If our loco crews can wear clean shirts with a collar and tie, so can everybody else!
Finally, Chris Tayler has decided that there will, after all, be a schools week this year, as he anticipates further increased patronage, which would be difficult to handle on Wednesdays only. Please lend a hand if you are able. Our Centre cannot support itself if the gates are shut! Chris can be contacted on xx-xxx xxxx.
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