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

Staff Training Board by Roger Wornham

This grand sounding title refers to a small group of dedicated members who work behind the scenes to maintain the extremely high standard of operating staff training which is a Quainton tradition and the envy of many independent railways. The Board members are also responsible for the unenviable task of organising the rosters for footplate crews, guards and stationmasters.

As the new operating season approaches we are about to commence another period of training for guards, engine cleaners and stationmasters. We are looking for volunteers to fill these posts so if you think that you may like to try your hand in one of these demanding and responsible posts then why not get in contact with me either at the Centre on a Sunday or if I'm not there by leaving me a note in the station letter box. I will then contact you and request you fill in a simple medical questionnaire, carry out your eyesight tests and there you are on the first rung of the ladder to fulfilling your ambition.

You may have doubts in your own mind as to your suitability for any position, if you do I will arrange a day out for you with an experienced member for you to see what the job entails. Remember that many of the jobs have to be covered not only at weekends but also on weekdays when schools visit, films are made, etc. so our requirement for staff is very high and we cannot keep asking our dedicated few to do any more duties. So if you think you are up to the challenge come forward and lets see what we can achieve together.

CONGRATULATIONS to David Warwick and Adrian Aylward who were passed as Firemen on November 5th and to Adrian Aylward (again), David Gommarsall, Bruce Murray and Bob Mellish who passed as diesel drivers on the same day. Once again we extend our very grateful thanks to our independent examiner Mr Richard Hardy.

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.

Staff Training Board by Roger Wornham - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

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