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

Shed Noticeboard - From the 4-Foot - Civil Engineering News

Rebuilding of the Down-Yard Running Line

Over many years the track towards the end of the running line sank progressively into the underlying clay until by the summer of '88 only the rails showed above ground.

On the third weekend of October '88 a 100' section was totally lifted, and digging out commenced (nb throughout this entire job the workforce never numbered more than two at any one time!). All soil was tipped onto the BR side to widen the track side and to give more support. By the first Santa steaming 90' was completely dug out, as well as both cesses (1' at one end to 2'6" at the other since the clay ran level). Four 6' holes were dug in line with the track, two per side, and infilled with a ballast/concrete mixture. The area was covered with ICI Terran membrane and then topped with 2' of ballast. All sleepers were replaced with sound ones, and the track packed for running.

Wembley Shed Footpath

A new footpath, 6' higher than the old path, now links the Wembley shed and signal box. It was constructed using clay and ash excavated by JCB for the track layout. The Wembley shed area is fenced in green mesh and this will be extended to the permanent way shed. A picnic area, three sets of benches and a bridge over the pond will be ready for Easter 1990. New rose arches, one either side of the pond, are being erected, together with screening on the track side. The gate to the Wembley shed has been hung and painted.

A full-size loading gauge (from Winslow) has been put up behind the signal box, to overhang the path. To enable members to take heavy equipment over the track a new crossing has been installed and work has started on a new fence behind the signal box.

Next year a loading gauge of the Brill type will be placed in the down yard.

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.

Shed Noticeboard - From the 4-Foot - Civil Engineering News - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

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