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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 17 - September 1973


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P I Clarke - A highlight of 1973 - Coventry No. 1 Steams Again

Some members may feel that there is an apparent lull in the development of our preservation centre, particularly as far as additional rolling stock is concerned. In fact we have had no new deliveries of vehicles or locomotives to Quainton since last April. In addition, those who have looked forward to the completion of purchase of the up yard, (and who hasn't?), may be feeling a trifle anxious as time passes without a conclusion being reached in the negotiations with BR.

Although it is very improbable that the outcome of these negotiations will be other than completely satisfactory and although it as certain as can be that more stock will soon be coming to Quainton, it is equally true to say that some feel an anti-climax creeping in when nothing apparently happens to keep their adrenal in flowing and excitement at fever pitch! It is at these periods of consolidation that members must use their common sense and think of the long term value of the 'hard slog' which is so vital to the achievement of our ultimate objectives. A word or two of encouragement to these whose patience is being tried and who need reassurance will probably work wonders!

Consider, if you will, the progress to date. In four years what have been our successes? Firstly, we own the freehold of the down yard and the track is ours too. Secondly, we have a splendid collection of locomotives, carriages and wagons. Thirdly, we have purchased covered accommodation, the Wembley shed is now being erected. Later this year we expect to develop the first stages of the restoration building and workshops which have already been designed and approved. The up yard track is owned by the Society. The water crane has been installed in the Brill sidings. Look again at the station buildings, the footbridge, the signalling and the sales shop and you will realise what has been achieved at Quainton in such a short time. The Society is moving forward at the maximum speed compatible with our resources of cash and manpower. There is plenty to do in every department to keep our present rate of progress. In 1973 we hope we have given pleasure to nearly 20,000 visitors, we have enjoyed our own hobby and we have kept alive a great deal which, by now, would have disappeared for ever. Yes, it's well worth the effort!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1973 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.

Editorial - Quainton News No. 17 - September 1973

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