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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

Reports from the Sections

Locomotive Department:

7715 worked the traffic on the last Steaming Sunday and will be inspected shortly for its fitness for Easter working. Similarly Coventry No. 1 is having preparatory work done for boiler inspection. The Hawthorn, Leslie 0-4-0ST, No. 3, which was taken out of service earlier this year has had its firebox seam caulked up and will soon be having a light hydraulic test. James 1, Mick Hatton's Peckett tank has had welding work in the smokebox to build up the tube plate wastage. Defective rivets are also being replaced and a new smokebox door is being made. The stripping down of our Metropolitan 0-4-4T, L44, has continued. First the cab and tanks were removed, then the splashers and then the boiler will be lifted out for inspection and repairs to a number of rivets. The frames and wheels have been moved to the rear of the restoration building where they will receive the same thorough attention which was given to the Beattie. Graham Mimms' popular 0-6-0ST, Cunarder, has had an inspection and boiler hydraulic test. The blue livery formerly carried by this engine is being replaced by Midland Railway crimson lake and the preparatory work was carried out by sandblasting. This is a great time saver. The Peckett twins, 2104 / 2105 are both being actively worked on. John Mortham's engine has had its water tanks removed and it has been moved into the shed. Del Etheridge's loco has had its hydraulic test which has disclosed the need for some tube expansion. It has been put back onto its wheels and the saddle tank has been given a coat of red oxide paint. In the up yard it is good to be able to report a resumption of work on 34016 Bodmin. Repainting of the wheels and frames and cab sides has been done but no boiler tube repairs have yet been put in hand. The impressive standards of restoration of King Edward I continue to be applied. The leading coupled wheels, axle and boxes have been returned from Swindon and it is planned to send the bogie wheels away for attention. The main frames and the tender painting in undercoat is complete and a welcome touch of Brunswick green has appeared on the cab sides recently. The braking system is being overhauled and the main brake cylinder on the locomotive is to have welding repairs on a fractured section. The ashpan has been rebuilt and work is in hand on the overhaul of the valve gear.

Attention to Osram's main oil pump has resolved the problem of low oil pressure and it is hoped to return this little Fowler to service shortly. A repaint will be carried out next year. The air brakes on Tarmac have been commissioned and the external restoration in the Company's colours is nearly complete.

Carriage and Wagon Department:

The section have decided to concentrate their efforts on the completion of the restoration of the GC six wheeler and then to finish the work on the LCDR and GNR coaches before devoting time on the bogie vehicles. If more members join the section this may alter the position but priorities must be established for the 'few'. During the coming year we hope to have two suburban BR Mk 1 coaches, vacuum fitted for potential use in or from the up yard. On the down side the D of E report will require the use of vacuum fitted stock in future and this will make it difficult to continue the use of open wagons unless a fitted goods brake van is purchased and our wagons have through pipes and hoses installed. A vacuum braked ex LNWR six wheeled brake, DM 279982, now at Wolverton, may be purchased and if our bid is successful this would be usable with the vintage train. Wiring and repanelling work has continued on the Cinema Coach for which a 4 to 5 kW, 240 volts generator is still required. Any ideas or offers? The Sentinel group's Stove Van, M33014, has been fitted out for accommodation and is a home from home for the lads!

Permanent Way Department:

The second phase of the Restoration Building track relaying is nearly finished. Rapid progress followed the purchase of 6 tons of sleepers from London Transport at the end of October. It is amazing how fast it is possible to lay track when you have the right materials and labour. The next job is to replace the rails in No. 1 road (platform), with 60 ft lengths. This will clear all the short lengths and give improved riding qualities. The long sidings in the up yard have now been lifted and all that remains is to transfer the rail and sleepers to the down side. More volunteers are urgently required to enable the Department to meet the objectives set following the D of E inspection.

Sales Department: [Note 1]

A record year has been reported by the Department and members can continue to help Society finances by ordering all their books and magazines from the shop, especially if they can collect them. It saves postage! If there are any affluent members please note we have the new book, British Steam Locomotive Builders available at a £5 discount until January. After that date it will cost £30!! Quainton Society ties make a nice Christmas present. In mid blue, with a QRS motif, they are good value at £1.35.

Signal and Telegraph Department:

The principal job has been the clearance and sorting of S & T material from the stockyard which is being vacated to make way for the proposed picnic area. The signals were prepared for the after dark operations at the October Steaming Sunday and the shunt signal has been motorised. An addition to the telephone system has been made to include the Restoration Building. The new Chairman of the Department is Mr Steve Britt-Hazard.

1 - Obviously we can no longer supply these items at the prices offered in 1975, if at all!

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.

Reports from the Sections - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

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