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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 99 - April 2008
Letters to the Editor
Could you please help me with photos or information on the following locomotives: Scott Bagnall 2469, Hunslet 3889.
(3889 left Quainton on 28 Dec 87 and is on static display at the Rutland Railway Museum, 2469 is stored in the down yard at Quainton. If anyone has any photographs that can be scanned and emailed I will pass them on).
Austin Harland writes:
"The author of The Other Two (qn98 page 21) seems to have forgotten that the Metropolitan Railway had six 2-4-0T engines for working the Verney Junction line.
The Aylesbury & Buckingham Railway was opened in 1868 and worked by the GWR even after the A & BR was absorbed by the Metropolitan in 1891. When the GWR withdrew from the agreement in 1894 the Met ordered two 2-4-0T locomotives from Sharp, Stewart & Co. of Glasgow. Nos.71 and 72 were delivered on 31st December 1894 followed by another order for 73, 74, 75 and 76 in May 1895. Although there were detail differences between the two batches they were all given the class letter D.
Two more 2-4-0Ts were hired from the LNWR at a daily rate of £2-10-0 each to cover the time between the departure of the GWR and the arrival of the class Ds".
Dear Mr. Jackson,
"Just a couple of brief points relating to the October 2007 issue of Quainton News.
Firstly, the Steaming Granny is actually driving my Black Five loco on the VAMES track. I owned it outright for a short time after its completion, but the Steaming Granny wanted to ensure that I did not sell it before she had been able to have a go driving it on the VAMES track, so she bought a 1/3rd share in it, but which third she owns I'm not entirely clear!
Secondly, subsequent to the S&T Reunion Group, (see Tim Stevens's article in qn 98) we donated a total of £500 between us because we knew that there was still restoration work to be carried out at the back of Harlington signal box. We hope that the structure and equipment will be preserved for future use".
M B Hanscomb
qn is happy to clarify who owns the majority share of the Black 5, Mike. Your S&T reunion Group's generous donation to the restoration work on the Harlington box is greatly appreciated by the Society.
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