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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 19 - Spring 1974

The Cover Photograph

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N W G Curtis - King Edward I at Torquay in the 1930's

The King class 4-6-0 at Quainton, 6024 King Edward I, has proved to be a considerable attraction since it arrived at our depot on 1st April last year and its fame must have been increased by the dramatic colour picture used by Paul Jennings in his article on railway preservation in 'The Daily Telegraph Magazine' on 1st February.

The photograph reproduced on the cover of this issue was taken at Torquay by Mr N W G Curtis and it shows 6024 on the up Torbay Express. In the summer of 1938 this famous train left Kingwear at 11.25am, Paignton at 11.48 am and Torquay at Noon. Thirty five minutes were allowed for the twenty six miles to Exeter St Davids, the first stop. The 173¾ miles from Exeter to Paddington were then run without another scheduled stop and the arrival time in London was 3.35 pm; an average speed of nearly a mile a minute. The pre-war finish of King Edward I can be seen in our picture and we are sure the King Preservation Society will be making this their target for the future appearance of 6024 at Quainton.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1974 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. 19 - Spring 1974

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