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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 30 - Winter 1976

Reports from the Sections

Locomotive Department

Tenders have been invited for L44's wheel turning. Normal end of season maintenance has been carried out on Coventry No. 1, 0314 and 7715. Sentinels 7 and 11 did a great job in double harness in September when they dragged the short siding buffer stops to the shortened end of line. Brill No. 14 makes a good appearance in its lined black livery and Brian Clifford is doing well on our Sydenham. All tubes are out and the boiler shell is given an OK. After long in the wilderness Trym has been brought into the shed and David is applying paint. 9466's restoration makes fine progress and boiler inspection is imminent. Thank you, John Mortham for your service as our Chairman and welcome Robin Waywell.

Carriage & Wagon Department

The first of the new stores in the Restoration Building has been completed and was occupied by C & W in October. To conform with the D of E's requirements all our passenger carrying vehicles must be inspected before each open day and a signed record card is to be available to show that the mechanical condition of vehicles in use is satisfactory. Thanks are due to Anthony Lyster who has offered to maintain the records. A qualified C & W inspector is urgently required; we will be very grateful for professional help; please contact John Parsons. Thanks to Loco Dept. for the work in hand on the panels and roof of the Gresley BSK which it is hoped will be in service in 1977. The Lea Valley Group have refitted the long missing door to the Gresley Buffet Car. The PMV, S1108S, has been bought by the 6024 Group from the ex Bodmin members. New drop lights have been fitted to the GN Third. Brian Clifford is planning to convert the LNWR van for stores and overnight accommodation

Permanent Way Department

The short siding buffer stops have been replaced and the space behind, as far as the bank, will be used for open storage. Fixed wheel stops have been made for the dead end shed roads and hinged and lockable stops to protect the shed roads from outside. The PW mess room has been further improved and a porcelain sink fitted into the Wembley shed so that the Laporte wagon can be used as a stage for the roofing. The work is involving removal of clay and its replacement with ash ballast. On 14th September, surplus lightweight rail ex London Airport was loaded for sale as scrap.


Tim Stevens and Simon Field have given the shed mess room a repaint with white emulsion and it looks very smart. The new sheds for Loco and for C & W are both complete and being occupied. At the back of the Restoration Building the end bays are being filled in with concrete panels to shoulder level and with sheeting above. Dick Scott has done a great job with hard core, (and hard graft!), making up levels with rubble and concreting paths and making foundations for the extensions and for the forge. Excellent work has also been done on the electrical installation. Three phase cable has been trenched into the back yard from the input post to the workshops and an electric welding unit will be available for use as soon as power is on. There has also been good progress on the stores re-organisation. The steelwork for the main doors has been delivered to the site and painted.

Signal & Telegraph Department

No report of activity received. Plans for the proposed mechanical signalling installation are under examination.

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.

Reports from the Sections - Quainton News No. 30 - Winter 1976

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