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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 18 - December 1973

Our Ambassadors at Aylesbury

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R Panting - Aylesbury, 28th May 1972
P I Clarke - Aylesbury, 27 August 1973 - The Quaintonian Booking Office

One feature of the Bank Holiday scene at Aylesbury is the special train service operated to and from Quainton Road. What is not so well known is the fact that we have two members who do a marvellous job at Aylesbury by setting out the stall, selling tickets and seeing that all our visitors by rail are properly provided for. These two stalwarts are John Reed and Jim Stevens and it is true that they have built up a very cordial relationship between the QRS and Aylesbury BR staff. John and Jim have got the drill for Quaintonian days down to a fine art. First of all they do the signs on the DMU, and at the station porch. Then Jim sets up shop for selling tickets and John goes round securing the platform signs. All this is repeated p.m., of course, in reverse order! This August there was a splendid vermilion banner, 7ft. long, above the QRS ticket desk in the booking hall and it was pretty successful in drawing people to the right place. The only serious complaint we understand is that the train is a DMU! Perhaps, one day, we might have a sign reading 'Hourly steam service from Aylesbury, starting at 10.25'. And I'm sure John and Jim will be issued free tickets for the first train. They deserve it!

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.

Our Ambassadors at Aylesbury - Quainton News No. 18 - December 1973

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