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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90
CHESHAM LINE CELEBRATIONS
I feel it to be of special significance that Dennis Howell drove his own locomotive through his local station when moving the engine from Didcot (BR) to Neasden (LUR). He has in fact, I think, lived in Rayners Lane all his life. Just a thought!
At last I have found a publisher for my book The Steaming Granny (begun in 1981!) But he stipulates that much of the history of the QRS from 1969 to 1986 be removed. He reckons that this is necessary if the book is to appeal to the general public (in other words, it's too long!), so it is mainly engines and me, with some anecdotes. However, I have kept all the original material so perhaps an unexpurgated version might appear! Steaming Granny should see the light of day in 1990.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, and........
May I appeal for help with the wiring of the machine shop and main building area? This is becoming tiring and expensive at my age. There must be some tame electricians out there amongst our 500 members. We also need help with the Depot work (painting, carpentry, bricklaying etc.); volunteers please contact Ken Ashman on site.
Here is my response to the call in Safety Valve for opinions on matters in general:
1) We appear to be stagnating, with members wandering about the site, leaderless and nattering amongst themselves. Why?
2) What are the long-term plans for the site? Most other Societies appear to know where they are going.
3) Is there any real hope of running out on the main line? I doubt it, given that WR is not keen on steam. I don't think that using our drivers at Chesham on LT tracks will have cut any ice.
4) I am against any more paid staff - we can't afford them and instead should seek more co-operation from members, particularly retired ones. Keep stirring I say!
(Is this a lone view or a general feeling? Ed.)
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