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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 17 - September 1973
The week started with a visit by about 40 pupils from a school at Marlow. They arrived at about 10.30 on 25th June and stayed for nearly four hours. Work then started on tidying the site, not, I hasten to add from litter left by the visitors! Unfortunately rain on the Tuesday and Wednesday prevented much work being done on the station canopy which had been intended as the major project for the week. Nevertheless the site in general benefitted as large quantities of rubbish were collected. The scrap pile was sorted out some of the heavier pieces of metal being retained for the scrap merchant but the majority was placed in a skip for removal later. The incinerator at the end of platform 1 was cleared and inflammable rubbish and burnt. The lighter pieces of the Southall track were moved to the PW dump and numerous bits of hardcore unearthed for the 'Ladies'. The undergrowth around the entrance was cut back and some of the platform flower beds weeded. The major event on the Thursday was the erection of the water column ex Rickmansworth. The crane arrived shortly after 1 pm and four hours later the job was finished. On Friday the working party was down to two members so no big jobs could be tackled. The unsightly heap of tables by the entrance was tidied up and yet more rubbish sorted and disposed of. On the whole the site looks much more presentable but we could have done with better support. Next years' Depot week will again be held in the last week of June but we'll arrange another week if the demand is there.
From the Membership Secretary
Renewals have been coming in rather better than in previous years but this is just a final reminder that you will not be receiving any more copies of Quainton News if you haven't renewed by 30th September.
A steady gang of about six members led by Bob Randall is pressing on with the re-erection of the Wembley shed and they have succeeded in putting up five trusses plus the side supports. The plan is to erect it completely before levelling and bolting down. Another gang would be formed with Bob's agreement if we have volunteers. The water tower was available for the July steaming Sunday by filling the tank with a hose. Pipework from the main is the next objective and the trench is being dug. Slow progress can be reported on the Ladies Loo but the room has been gutted and the floor filled in with rubble. A builder is being seen for the next stage of the job. Some repainting has started on the station building by one of our 'senior citizens', again, more help is required.
Permanent Way Department
The essential work of this section continues with little publicity. Sleepers are being laid for the new roads into the storage shed and two weekends are being reserved in August for tightening up the track in readiness for the Holiday weekend traffic.
The anticipated arrival of 76017 has not yet taken place but the move from Barry is dependant on satisfactory arrangements for its transport by road.
The progress on the preparation of 34016 Bodmin for its boiler hydraulic test continues to be impressive and John Bunch is heard to murmur steaming by Xmas! Coventry No. 1 has again been in steam following a careful examination of its regulator which gave trouble earlier in the year.
Carriage and Wagon Department
We are delighted to announce that the LCDR four wheeled carriage is returning to service at the end of August. The seating capacity will be about 40 and this will mean a train with 80 seats when coupled to the Great Northern coach. Work on the Gresley BSK and on the LNWR 12 wheeled saloon has continued. Roger Howard has joined the section and he reports finding two wheels of the saloon inscribed P S & A Co. LNWR 1913 and another 1919. One of the tyres is marked Cast SS 1938. LMS.
From the Roster Clerk (Guess who?)
I was hunting on the Monday for four extra people to send out to help Roddy in the car park and sticking out of a well known chimney was a head !,"Look out!", it shouted, "here she comes!", and the head swiftly disappeared from sight. As I approached the engine there was a frantic scramble to shut the smokebox door but something stopped it and they couldn't get it closed. So I climbed up onto the front of the engine and pulled the door open. Three people were inside! That engine has quite a large smokebox! Were they thinking of Roddy who had been in the wind and rain for hours?
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