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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 64 - Winter 1987 / 88

Commercial Notes

1987 looks set to be one of the best years in the Society's recent history, although Saturday and Wednesday openings stretched our resources to the limit to say the least. The day when our Centre has to take on paid staff cannot be far off and a great debt is owed to those who stuck to their posts throughout a very arduous season. As you read this, the Santa SteaMings will be underway. If you are bored with Christmas shopping, why not come along and lend a hand?

Two unusual enterprises for 1987 were the hiring of our Pannier No. 7715 to the Llangollen Railway and the event staged for Equitable Life on 26 September. For the latter, three locomotives were in operation, with all the usual facilities open. In addition, the car park field hosted a fun fair, complete with gallopers, bumper cars, other more 'adventurous' rides, a hot air balloon, archery competitions, an escapologist and even a disco! These events more than made up for a drop in our filming activities this year, although the site has been used for still photography plus a BBC video.

As this magazine goes to press in late October, details of next year's attractions and special events are being finalised. Easter will, as usual, be promoted as a children's weekend, with competitions for cuddly toys, Easter bonnets, etc. Punch and Judy will be present.

The increasingly popular All Our Yesterdays event moves to the May Day Bank Holiday and Spring Bank Holiday Monday will see the Centre hold another Bus Rally. It is hoped to arrange a commercial vehicle event for the Sunday. One-day events in 1988 will include the Micro-Car Rally on 26 June and Morris 1000 Rally on 14 August. The colourful and exciting fire engine event will be held during September. Enthusiasts Day will be on 9 October.

1988 is, of course, the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway and, in addition to hosting the usual vintage car rallies, August Bank Holiday will be dedicated to the celebration of this historic occasion. Many special things are in the pipeline and, in the next issue, it is hoped to be able to cover these in more detail - but for the moment the lips of the organisers have to remain prudently sealed .....

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1987 and so does not reflect events in the 27+ 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.

Commercial Notes - Quainton News No. 64 - Winter 1987 / 88

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