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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 99 - April 2008

Past Times at Quainton

A review of past editions of Quainton News and other Society Journals.

Austin Harland has provided this article for many years, but has now decided, due to ill health, to hand over the reins. We thank Austin for his valuable contribution, not just to qn, but in many other activities at the Centre. Tony Lyster has kindly volunteered to take on the article commencing the next edition of qn.

Where are they now? Data provided by Alan Sturrock and compiled by qn

Alan updates on where some of the ex Barry locos that have at various times been at Quainton are now and their current status.

Team work Alan Sturrock provided the slides from his collection of ex Quainton locomotives, Brendan Lawrick scanned them and Jeff tweaked them.

Alan observes on rescued Barry locomotives

Many believe all locos that went to Barry were preserved. This is not the case, as of those that went to Barry between 1959 and 1965, 80 were broken up. These were mainly Great Western Tanks, a couple of Bulleid Pacifies and 4 BR Standards. The 213 locos that did survive into preservation arrived between January 1962 and September 1968. Indeed, the last one to arrive and the first to leave for preservation did so in the same month. The last loco, 5553, left Barry in January 1990. Read on about those that came to Quainton.

76017 2-6-0 Standard Class 4

76017 was purchased by a group of QRS members from Barry and arrived at Quainton in January 1974. The restoration progressed quickly to the stage where a successful hydraulic test was carried out in June 1976. She then joined Bodmin at the Mid Hants Railway in March 1978, returning to steam in 1984. She was withdrawn in 1997 and is laid up waiting her turn in the restoration queue.

34016 Bodmin

John Bunch purchased Bodmin from Barry, arriving at Quainton in July 1972. On arrival work commenced to replace numerous fittings that had been removed at Barry. In November 1976 the loco left Quainton for the new Mid Hants Line, entering service there on 8th September 1979. In 1993 she was dismantled for her 10-year overhaul, returning to service in 2000. The loco operated some of the Mid-Hants Railtours, but was withdrawn from mainline service in January 2005 and is unlikely to see mainline service for the foreseeable future, although she is still used on occasion on the MHR metals.

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Trevor Paice - Bodmin in front of the Quainton weigh bridge hut in September 72

6024 King Edward I

6024 is arguably the highest profile ex Quainton Locomotive. She was purchased from Barry by the 6024 Preservation Society and arrived at Quainton in March 73 to commence a 16 year restoration in what is now the carriage and wagon shed.

She was steamed for the first time in preservation and was run in at Quainton in 1989, before departing to Didcot from where she operated mainline tours. Withdrawn in October 2002 for her 3rd 10 year overhaul she re-entered service on 7th October 2004 based out of Tyseley, operating mainline tours and has made the Torbay Express her trade-mark service. 6024 is currently at Didcot undergoing motion repairs as part of her annual maintenance. Running in at Didcot is planned during April.

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Cunarder left Quainton in March 76 and is currently stored in Weymouth

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S A Leleux© - Cunarder and 5101 taken at APCM Harbury in July 61

AP 9449 The Blue Circle (aka Fergus)

The shot below was taken 25th May 63 at the Holborough Cement Company Works, Snodland, Kent. She was presented to the Bluebell Railway in 1962 where she was named The Blue Circle. Following a long lay up and boiler repairs she ran occasionally at the Bluebell Railway, but was moved to Quainton in 1997 after it was decided she did not really fit in at the Bluebell. The loco moved to the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway on 21st February 2005 where she is still operational. The young lad on the left is John Hutchings.

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The Blue Circle on 25th May 63

And a current Quainton loco in earlier days

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Alan Sturrock - AB 699 Swanscombe at Luton on 28 June 66 [Note 1]

1 - See correction in qn 100, date is probably April rather than June

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 2008 and so does not reflect events in the 6+ 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.

Past Times at Quainton - Quainton News No. 99 - April 2008

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