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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972

Impressions of Easter

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J R Fairman

It was good to see Quainton really alive again with crowds of people, the satisfying sounds of steam "on the move" and to know that we were taking part in the first of our 1972 Steam weekends. I was there on the Sunday. It was grey and chill and windy. The tents flapped and smoke swirled from many stacks. But the cars were rolling into the park and the first train was due from Aylesbury. From the bridge the Brill yard was already simmering with activity. In the platform a Sentinel was busy with an open wagon and the GN coach, loading passengers and nearby Cunarder was whispering at its safety valves while 7715 was being prepared for duty. At the station something new; visitors were crossing to and from the platform by the restored footbridge good to see. This new position for photography couldn't be missed and our picture shows the chartered four car shuttle service DMU running in carrying its headboard - The Quaintonian!

As the morning gave way to the afternoon it was clearly going to be a record day. Trains were filled to capacity even with two wagons in one case and a wagon with a coach in the other. Queues formed to see the interior of the LNWR dining salon, our locomotive stock was scrutinised and scrambled over, and 'trade' stands were studied for something new. On the down platform the 7¼ inch gauge Y7 GER 0-4-0T, 226 chuntered back and forth to the delights of the youngsters and under the expert care of the Harrow and Wembley Society of Model Engineers.

It was good to welcome friends from other preservation societies especially John Bunch, the Britannia Society, the 813 boys and our Leighton Buzzard neighbours. Our kindred Main Line Group were on their usual plot and we were extremely grateful to have such wonderful help from the White Elephant stall.

From the visitors' viewpoint congratulations to the excellent refreshment tent and their welcome soup and tea. Thank you to the First Aiders who manned their HQ and to the gardeners who had made the station gay with flowers. Our gratitude to the owners of the steam rollers and wagons and the model makers.

This Easter we entertained 10,000 visitors. It was the best ever; financially and organisationally and people enjoyed themselves. And that was our objective. We also collected £1.56 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society for which we have a nice letter of thanks. Well done the QRS.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1972 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ 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.

Impressions of Easter - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972

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