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Brief History of the Society
The Quainton Railway Society was formed early in 1969, but its ancestry dates back to April 1962, when some London members of The Railway Preservation Society decided to form their own independent Society, the London Railway Preservation Society. The first item of rolling stock preserved by them was our four-wheeled LCDR coach from Woolwich, and this was stored at a cold storage depot at Bishops Stortford. In October 1963, the first locomotive was bought, the London Transport 0-4-4T, L44, and after a cliffhanger of a fund raising exercise, it was learnt that members had been able to save 30585 from scrap. Also saved in those early days was the G.N.R. six-wheeled coach and Trym, an 0-4-0 saddle tank built by Hunslet's of Leeds. Further storage space had been made available at Luton, but the plan to acquire a more permanent and satisfactory home for the Society was occupying the thoughts of the committee, and many schemes were examined.
The most satisfactory site appeared to be the Up yard at Quainton Road, but despite an appeal for funds, sufficient money was not forthcoming at that time. It was decided, instead to purchase the smaller, Down yard, and this was done at the beginning of 1969. A meeting was held on 31st May in the village hall, when the Society introduced itself. At the following Bank Holiday Weekend the first public open days were held, and on Saturday 30th August 1969 at 3.00 pm Mr W. T. Philbey, the Chairman of the Parish Council, declared the centre to be open, and over 6,000 people visited the site during the three days of opening.
Early in 1969, the Executive Committee of the LRPS brought into being the Quainton Railway Society Ltd to have a corporate body with limited financial liability protection for its members, and to be responsible for the project at Quainton which it had launched.
Two societies with interests apparently identical appeared to be an anomaly and caused additional expense and confusion, so, on 24th April 1971, the LRPS voted itself out of existence, handing over all assets and liabilities to the QRS which is now a registered charity, No. 2e3669.
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