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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

Shed Noticeboard - Lever Frames - S & T News


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Photo:
T Lyster - The Tardis in camouflage. It is obviously designed for little people who don't need to see out of windows


As many members will be aware the Centre is criss-crossed by a network of telephone cables as part of the internal phone network, (Rumour has it that this is more extensive than the BT network, Ed.) and the system is currently being extended with a system of underground ducts. The latest routes are between the station building and the weigh bridge hut ready for an extension to the up yard shed, and between the platform 2 footbridge pillar and the terrapin building [Note 1] in preparation for replacement of the cables to the restoration shed. The ducts were donated to the Society by a local company, to whom we are very grateful.

The ex Metropolitan Railway ticket inspector's platform hut, known locally as the Tardis, has been positioned near the footbridge steps on platform 2/3 and is almost fully restored as a platform inspectors shelter. It is being provided with electric light, and an over-ride unit for the platform 3 public address and, of course, a telephone.

A photographic survey of the signal boxes and equipment on the Aylesbury to Marylebone line has recently been completed as it is in the process of modernisation to be controlled by a power panel at Marylebone. As this will be our last chance to obtain mechanical equipment locally we are currently negotiating a purchase with BR.

The Exhibition Coach (ex LMS open) has been purchased from Chris Britten and is to be used as a permanent exhibition of signalling equipment following restoration. One of the items that will be on view is part of the London Transport lever frame recovered from Aldgate station in a joint operation with VAMES earlier this year.[Note 2]


Notes:
1 - The Terrapin Building has subsequently being removed
2 - For a number of reasons this project was not completed

Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1989 and so does not reflect events in the 25+ 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:
Shed Noticeboard - Lever Frames - S & T News - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90


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