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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 72 - March 1993
Commercial Department of BRC - C J Tayler
As I reported in the Bulletin last December, despite the recession our visitors numbers were up by 500 for 1992 against 1991. My sincere thanks to everybody in all areas of the Society who worked so hard to make the open days a continuing success.
At the time of writing (January 1993) agreement on the hiring of the East Lancs Thomas has only just been concluded holding up the printing of the 1993 leaflets. However by the time members receive this edition of the Quainton News the leaflets should be available.
With the demise of the Thames and Chiltern Tourist Board the area has been shared among the neighbouring tourists Boards. Buckinghamshire now comes under the Southern Tourist Board, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire come under the East Anglian Tourist Board and Northamptonshire under the Midlands Tourist Board. Whereas in the past the Thames and Chiltern Board were able to look after all our interests in these areas we will probably now have to work with the three boards that control our main visitor catchment area especially in respect of the distribution of leaflets. The issue of leaflets will need to be tightly controlled and all members prepared to distribute leaflets will be asked for details of where the leaflets are being distributed to avoid duplication and to identify areas where there is a dearth of leaflets.
By the time you receive this copy of the Quainton News we shall be close to the start of the steam open days. May I remind all members that during open days members vehicles must be parked in the members parking area opposite the station building or in the main car park. Unfortunately there are still some selfish members who insist in parking their cars in the public area where they are both a nuisance and an eyesore. The public pay to see railway relics not private motor cars.
The experiment in opening the Centre for viewing every Sunday during the winter is proving worthwhile producing much needed cash flow during an otherwise dead period.
After much deliberation it was decided to run a trial offering members of the public a chance to drive a steam engine. A notice to this effect was exhibited at the Centre during the Santa Steamings and four applications were received. The trial took place on Sunday 3rd January 1993 and was very successful. Congratulations to all those members involved at such short notice.
The intention is to use the experience of this trial to run regular sessions throughout the season for people wishing to try their hand at driving a steam engine. These sessions will initially be on Saturday, the frequency being dictated by demand. The cost will be £45.00 a session and any enquiries to be made direct to the Centre on 0296 75 720 or to myself on xxx xxx xxxx.
On the catering front a volunteer / volunteers are still required to take over responsibility of running this department. Those members currently working in this department are happy to continue to do so but for various reasons are unable to take on the organization of this department. This is an important department both to the members and the public as well as being a major revenue earner. Any member / members prepared to take over this department please contact me either at the Centre or on xxx xxx xxxx.
Elsewhere Phil Marsh and Keith Lobley have written on other commercial matters.
Let us all work hard to make 1993 the best season ever.
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