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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 98 - October 2007

Editorial


Given a 2 edition gap in the Quainton News Editorship before I volunteered, this would have been the ton up for qn. Without skipping a couple of numbers it is best to wait until the numerical 100th edition where I hope we can have a bumper edition. If anyone has anything of particular note or ideas how to celebrate this milestone please let me know.

Meanwhile back to the present. Those not suffering from railway enthusiast's disease will be oblivious of the challenges the preservation movement faces and usually surmounts. Indeed, the average enthusiast delights in overcoming obstacles placed in our way. However, we could really do without climate change adding to the challenge as it seems to have done this year, particularly for the Severn Valley Railway.

HIT Entertainment's Thomas Theme Parks at Drayton Park and in Surrey could hit Thomas events according to the Railway Press and this would indeed be a disaster for us. Let's hope the public are not taken in by their using diesel motive power pretending to be steam locomotives.

Health and Safety changes get ever more stringent and I bet the environmentalists have not finished with us either, as steam locos hardly claim to have a small carbon footprint! I reckon the only saving grace for us will be the undoubted thrill that a steam locomotive still provides for children of all ages and the hope that the public at large will become so bored with the sanitised risk free environment we are creating that they will forgive us the odd tonne of carbon.

How about no smoking cabs on steam locomotives? Under the 50% enclosed rule we have to desecrate the originality of our cabs with no smoking signs.

Who said it was boring being involved in heritage railway? Come and join in the heritage railway obstacle course and enjoy the great pleasure of prevailing against the odds. However if you need encouragement have a look at these comments from our visitors book to see what the public thinks of our efforts.


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 2007 and so does not reflect events in the 7+ 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.

Reference:
Editorial - Quainton News No. 98 - October 2007


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