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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 27 - Spring 1976
Secretary's Page - At Last! The Up Yard is Ours!
Good news! The legal formalities have still to be completed, but we have paid our cheque and signed an indemnity that gives the Society immediate possession of the Southern section of the Up yard. The negotiations, although protracted, came to a satisfactory conclusion at the beginning of December when the Society agreed a price with BR. We would have liked to have purchased the whole yard but BR will not release the Northern section until the long term future of the line is decided. This current purchase of about five acres is a reasonable compromise and we will be given the opportunity of purchasing the remainder in about five years time.
We will have a right of access through the Northern section along the existing roadway and will be able to store our locomotives and rolling stock in this area as we do now. We do, of course, own the track and fixings in both sections.
As described elsewhere in this issue, we will now be able to proceed with Phase 1 of our building in this yard and our activities can take on a greater degree of permanence. Another advantage to us is that we have purchased the least valuable piece of land first, and that has meant only modest overdraft facilities were needed from our bank. An anonymous member has also generously made an interest free loan to the Society of £1,000 and this will enable us to keep our overdraft to a minimum. The Executive Committee would like to thank all those members who offered loans to help with the purchase; although these will not now be taken up, it is gratifying to know that such support was there if it had been required.
The Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineering Society will now be able to make a start on their scale track to be built on the high ground at the end of the yard. It is one of the conditions that all Members of the VAMES who wish to work at Quainton must join the QRS and we extend a warm welcome to the new members who have joined us as a result of this joint venture. We look forward to the working of this new "railway" at Quainton, which will be a considerable attraction to our Centre, and at the same time, provide an attractive home for this local Society of Model Engineers.
We have always refrained from shouting our forward plans from the roof tops and rather taken a 'softly, softly' approach. However, with solid achievement behind us, we now have a good measure of what we can all achieve as a Society. In this issue of 'Quainton News' is an account of the forward policy considered by your Executive Committee to be essential for our future development as one of the country's leading Railway Preservation Societies. We do not have any wild ideas or dreams that cannot possibly be fulfilled but we must continue to develop what we have already achieved. We feel that as Managers of our Society's affairs, we would be failing in our duty if we did not plan ahead at a time when things are not all in our favour. We may not be able to achieve all that we plan for the next ten years, but our 'track' record is good !
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