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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 71 - September 1992
News from VAMES - Simon Cole
Since the end of the 1991 operating season, there has been much progress at the VAMES tracksite. During the closed season the entire foundation between the station and the steaming bay point has been dug out and new drainage pipes laid. New track was then laid and ballasted between the station and the start of the curve past the level crossing, with the curve being re-laid in aluminium. The telephone box is in the process of being restored to its former glory, and now sports a VAMES emblem just above the word 'TELEPHONE' on the box. The Wednesday gang have been busy with fencing and generally improving the site in between the overbridge and station building. New seats have been built to provide a shady area for members of the public to sit in.
So far the 1992 running season has been extremely busy with many people visiting the site and riding on the Golding Spring Miniature Railway. The May Day Bank Holiday saw us top 2,000 rides in a day for the first time. The Model Traction Engine Rally proved to be a successful event again with about a dozen visiting traction engines, over the weekend of 30-31 May. On the Sunday night of that weekend VAMES celebrated its 20th anniversary and played host to members of the Colchester Model Engineering Society. The old sales stand has been moved to accommodate books and to provide some shelter for our visitors from any adverse weather conditions. A new brick built stand has replaced it.
I can safely say that the 1992 season is off to a good start. We all hope that this trend shall continue.
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