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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 24 - Summer 1975
From the Locomotive Department
The Pannier tank will be ready for the Spring Open Days following the overhaul of certain fittings and renewal of the safety valve studs. The tubes have been descaled with the new electric tube cleaner. 7715 has provision for using a steam lance and the Department will be pleased to learn of availability of this equipment. Please let John Mortham know if you can trace a set. Work continues on painting the Beattie tank and on the repair of the water filling chutes but there has been some delay in refitting the remetalled axle boxes. Del Etheridges's overhaul and repainting of his Peckett tank is progressing well and the work on Brian Clifford's engines is reported elsewhere. The Sentinel group have purchased an LMS six wheeled Corridor BGZ Stove R Van, M33014 which will be delivered soon to Quainton. Impressive is the best description of the work continuing on the dismantled King and evidence of much hard graft can be seen on 76017 and other engines. Chislet was the first engine to enter the Shed for restoration.
From the Carriage and Wagon Department
The LNWR Diner and the MSLR coach moved into the Restoration Building on 20th April and work started immediately to prepare the six wheeler for the August holiday. Door handles are required; are there any offers? The LCDR coach, the MSLR and the MR brake van have all had their roofs refelted in the past winter and thanks are due to Frank Frodsham for this work. Brian Clifford now owns the LNWR Cell Truck which he will be converting to use as a stores vehicle. The prospects of completing the purchase of our first Mk I BR coach are becoming brighter but more funds are required.
From the Depot Committee
The developments have been so important that that we have illustrated the new museum and the third rebuild of the sales shop on a separate page. The restoration building is a great asset, especially in wet weather and it provides the necessary accommodation for exhibitions and for our own membership stand. The Private Owners workshops and stores are being roofed and it is good to have the electrical wiring completed in the building although economy in the use of power is vitally necessary.
From the Permanent Way Department
After the major task of laying the track in the yard and in the new building the PW gang have been repacking the relaid track. Before Easter they resleepered the points by the water tower. The next job is to finish off the she and then tackle some more relaying in the year.
From the S & T Department
The new reformed tokenless block working between Quainton South and Waddesdon prove very effective at Easter when, for the first time, the new station signal box became the nerve centre of the 1975 style interlocking system. A lorry load of additional equipment was obtained from Barrow on 12th April which will provide material to extend the installation.
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