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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 13 - September 1972

The Cover Photograph

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The picture of the Beyer Peacock 4-4-0T, London Transport No. 23 standing on the Brill branch train at Quainton Road in 1934 has been chosen for the cover of this News to mark the start of Stephen Joseph's article on the Wotton Tramway. No. 23 was built in 1866 and spent nearly forty years in the smoky tunnels of the Metropolitan Railways. From the First War to the end of 1935 a rural life was enjoyed by the old stager aided by a similar engine, No. 41. Then, with the Brill branch closed, No. 23 returned to more mundane duties such as ballast trains and due to the onset of the last war kept going until 1948. In 1961 an honoured resting place was found in the Clapham Museum of British Transport for this unique survivor which has such close associations with our Society.

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.

The Cover Photograph - Quainton News No. 13 - September 1972

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