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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90
Shed Noticeboard - The Signal Box by David Simcox
Without being drawn into rash predictions, the end is now, finally, in sight! With well over three quarters of the outside woodwork painted and more than half of the glass replaced, some courtesy of The Woman in Black, two new doors and several bits of rotten wood replaced, what started as a simple repaint has turned into a Labour of Hercules.
Some of the inside has also been repainted and the rest will follow as soon as the outside is finished.
While Jane was busy with the painting, her husband David Simcox, aided by Bob the JCB Smith, Trevor Chalmers, and Simon the Mole Field laid on water - still to be connected, electricity, ducts for yet more telephone cables and ducts for future signal cables when the resignalling is finished in the down yard. The signal box now glows authentically in the dark and makes the job of putting the engine and coaches away in the winter evenings much easier.
Thanks to the generosity of one of our members we now have one of the original Quainton Road Station signal box nameboards. When a twin has been produced both boards will be fitted to the box ends - and you won't be able to tell the original from the copy.
The observant amongst you will have noticed that the steps up to the operating floor have taken on a bit of lean. This is almost certainly due to the dry summer causing the clay to shrink and so allowing the foundations to the steps to drop. There is no immediate danger of them falling off but care is necessary while using them. It is the intention to replace the foundations this winter with a deeper and, hopefully, shrink resistant version.
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