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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 15 - March 1973
As always, the Quainton Railway Society extends a very warm welcome to visitors at the depot in 1973. We hope they all enjoy the whiffs of nostalgia for the steam age and find our activities of great interest and our enthusiasm infectious. At the top of this page is the Quainton programme for the year's Open Days and Steaming Sundays but we are always glad to have visitors at Quainton to see the work involved in the restoration and operation of our superb collection of historic rolling stock. Although we have a welcome 'on the mat' at any weekend it is at the Open Days when the crowds come to the site that we need plenty of clear direction signs to help people find their way about and to gain the best from their visit. The favourite sign is pictured above because it really means what it says - welcome! Look around and you will see many others. Some are directional, indicating the way to such amenities as the refreshment tent; others are warning in nature and assist in the pursuit of safety while there are those which are informative. All are useful and must catch the eye. And if you keep your ears tuned for a deep fruity voice and find a tall chap looking critically at one of the signs then it is possible you have spotted the artist himself, our member John Reed.
John is a genuine 'Behind the scenes' man who simply does a good job for the fun and satisfaction it gives him. He lives at Stoke Mandeville and the signwriting is fitted in between rambling and Old Tyme! If John is ever unable to cope with the demands made by the Depot and Operations departments the Society has another good writer who often comes to the rescue, Tony Reed - no relation.
John's work is usually recognisable by the deep red background and white lettering while Tony's trademark is a combination of black and white. One of Tony's important signs warns of the danger of not remembering that the single line through Quainton Road station is a British Rail running line and that a train may suddenly appear even on a Sunday.
John's most travelled sign is the Quaintonian headboard carried by the Aylesbury DMU service. On this page is a photograph of a diagram which must rank as John's masterpiece; a simulation of a London Transport map of the Metropolitan line to Quainton Road, showing all the interchange stations properly designated. Rumour has it that the green Southern Railway enamel notices on the station and the direction signs in the depot may one day be in the true Metropolitan colours of ultramarine blue with white letters and we understand this would gladden the hearts of the stalwarts who have, for many years wielded such a useful brush for our guidance.
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