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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 28 - Summer 1976

Vintage Carriage News

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J R Fairman - The New LNWR Passenger Van

The arrival at Quainton of the LNWR six wheeled vacuum fitted passenger full brake was a very important event because it made it possible to introduce our passenger train operation with continuous vacuum brakes.

The Society have purchased DM 279982 from Wolverton where it was built in 1891. It was moved to Bletchley and then brought by road, at vast expense(!) to our depot on 10th April by Leicester Heavy Haulage. Our Hon Secretary had to go to Bletchley three times to ensure it was moved in time for Easter but the timetable was extremely tight and it only gave Chris Britten a hectic ten days to get it into service. Our grateful thanks to Chris and to Frank Boait for their sterling work in fitting the standpipe and the valve and the handbrake in the van and for overhauling the system. Obviously there was not time to carry out any external painting before the Open Days and this accounts for the somewhat unkempt dull red colour it displayed on its first outing with our vintage train.

So far we haven't very much detail of the earlier history of the van. When it was discovered as DM 279982 it was in use as a stationary stores van at Wolverton and on our first enquiry to Derby they denied all knowledge of its existence! Its last body overhaul was in 1967. No doubt it travelled the West Coast main line and graced Euston on LNWR Scotch expresses before the first war. In the course of restoration some more particulars will undoubtedly be revealed and we hope to trace its North Western number. We will keep readers informed of our findings!

Our second acquisition is another gem. It is a former Great Northern Railway six compartment six wheeled coach built about 1881. It is now numbered DE 900178. Our C & W Chairman, John Parsons, has been trying to obtain this vehicle for Quainton for more than five years. Until last November it was held by the National Railway Museum, York and was not available for disposal. It was stored in the carriage sidings at Leeman Road opposite the Museum and its release by the NRM meant we had to bid successfully for the coach or loose it forever. We now know we were the lucky ones and we have a companion vehicle to our third brake Great Northern coach.

DE 900178 is gutted internally and will need a lot of work done on it before it enters service but we know our latest prize can be restored in the same way as the MSLR. We are very happy with this purchase because it gives Quainton one of the best collection of vintage carriages in the country outside the National Museum.

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J S Parsons - GNR Compartment Coach, York

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1976 and so does not reflect events in the 39+ 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.

Vintage Carriage News - Quainton News No. 28 - Summer 1976

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