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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 24 - Summer 1975

Reverie - or Nightmare? - by Dreamer

Well, despite what They tell us, the Oxford & Aylesbury Tramroad DID reach Oxford after all, soon after the Met. electrification extended to Great Missenden. The H tanks had to be augmented to cope with the traffic, but they were soon sold when the Met introduced multiple unit corridor stock on completion of electrification throughout. The new trains were handsome in their varnished teak livery and looked equally well in country or town, the latter expanding at a greatly accelerated pace by the intensive Live in Metroland campaign. On the formation of London Transport the Met trains were gradually replaced by modern stock of generally Metadyne appearance although they had corridors.

Soon after World War II the whole route between Aylesbury and Oxford had become suburbia, the only bits of green being a few Safari parks and Coombe Hill near Wendover, where a small drive-in nature reserve still existed. Only the hillsides were otherwise unbuilt on, but nobody went there for the view of a million roofs. Wing had become a national airport as soon as the last Wellington bomber departed but it was soon hopelessly inadequate. That is why today a colossal new airport is being built in the one sparsely-populated area between Quainton and Birmingham.

Imagine you are with me today standing on Platform 6 of Quainton Station on London Transport's Metrocentral Line, in the City of Quainton NW80. A train has just hurtled behind us to Birkenhead, calling only at Verney Junction, Banbury and Birmingham. A stopping train on Platform 9 is bound for Wotton Suburb (formerly Wotton Garden Suburb), Brill for Oxford East, and Oxford, and will pass enroute the Cathedral Line (formerly Church Siding) to Kingswood Lane Freightliner Depot. I'm afraid the trains are very standardised in appearance; unpainted aluminium relieved only by aerosol scrawling and graffiti.

As we gaze into the distance we see only houses, factories, bowling-alley?, supermarkets, dupermarkets, hypermarkets; if its American, we've got it, and ....

"Hey, wake up - you'll never get that job done for QRS - you've been asleep in that wagon for half an hour!"

Phew! Perhaps it wasn't such a bad thing that some of the old railway schemes didn't come to anything!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1975 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.

Reverie - or Nightmare? - by Dreamer - Quainton News No. 24 - Summer 1975

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