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Quainton Guide 1976

Quainton Today


Since the arrival in April 1969 of the first locomotives, much has transpired. Today there are over 40 locomotives at the Depot - mainly steam but including a few diesels. New items - large and small still arrive from time to time and we have today one of the most comprehensive collections in the country. Many of the projects are long term and we would not pretend that every item is in first class order. This takes time, effort, and money, but we feel that in the short time that we have been here we have achieved a considerable amount. Over a third of the locomotives are either operational now or have worked under their own power at Quainton within the past 6 years.

Quainton Road today presents a very different picture from the deserted wilderness in March 1969. Now, on Open Days, we operate a steam passenger service with an intensity never before known in the station's long history. More people throng the platform and cross the footbridge in three days than in many years of BR ownership. On Bank Holiday Mondays the charter DMU to Aylesbury plies back and forth from platform 1, and everything looks very impressive.

However, the future depends on many things, but chiefly YOU. We need more visitors to become members and to help us in some of our many tasks. If you have enjoyed your visit and consider our project to be worthwhile, why not become a member and perhaps come and help us actively? New faces are always welcome in all departments - just come along one Sunday and introduce yourself either to the Stationmaster for the day or to the head of the department in which you fancy working. Better still, write to our membership secretary and let her know that you are coming.

The Society is run by 6 sub-committees - Locomotive, Signal & Telegraph, Carriage & Wagon, Permanent Way, Depot, and Operations. and each has its own Chairman and from three to seven members. There is an Executive Committee of up to th irteen members on which all the sub-committees are represented and which is responsible for all policy decisions. Seven of these members are elected by the members of the Society at the AGM, and each serve a 2 year term of office. The other six are co-opted by the elected members and serve until the following AGM only. The operations sub-committee is responsible for all Open Day arrangements, from the ordering of tents and food to the chartering of the BR shuttle service from Aylesbury and all side shows and other entertainments.

The four running departments train their members for such jobs as driver, fireman, signalman, guard and p-way ganger. Each department runs its own scheme and there are written and verbal exams to be taken. Any member, providing he or she is old enough, may join any of these training schemes.


The state of the restoration building early in 1975

Photo:
P I Clarke - The state of the restoration building early in 1975


Private owners are asked to join the Loco crew training schemes before they drive their engines. We operate to BR Rules and Regulations, modified to suit the system at Quainton.

There are also sections for the ladies and the less active, and for those unable to come often to Quainton but able to assist in some way at home. The catering department is very important, and is "manned" by female motive power drawn from wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends. The sales department is always in need of assistance as, apart from the shop at Quainton, there are traction engine rallies, model railway exhibitions and shows to attend. Side shows need manning, together with a host of other jobs. We are sure that you will agree that one of the great steps forward in industrial development was the harnessing of steam power, in which this country led the way. Now that steam has disappeared from our railways our hope is that the Steam Depot at Quainton will, for many decades, be able to provide future generations with an insight into the concept of steam locomotion.

A new restoration building, 150 feet long, is now nearing completion situated in the 'down' yard and this will contain three tracks, enabling much of the stock to be kept under cover. It also contains stores, a workshop, a small relics museum and a mess-room. Planning permission has been obtained for a further large building to be erected as and when funds permit, and we hope a start will be made in the near future.


The Beattie undergoing restoration in the new building early in 1975

Photo:
P I Clarke - The Beattie undergoing restoration in the new building early in 1975


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1976 and so does not reflect events in the 41+ 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:
Quainton Guide 1976


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