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Quainton News archive - Quainton News No. 36 - Autumn 1978

The Narrow Gauges

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J R Fairman - GCR 450, Jim Stevens' lovely A5.

I'm sure we have appreciated the Welcome notice opposite the station building and it makes a good Editorial picture for this issue.

Douglas Todd, the VAMES Chairman, (re-elected at their AGM), has sent us some up to date news and explains the reason why some QRS members think VAMES have expired. The explanation is simple; they believe they have often left the site after a day's work before the Quaintonians manage to arrive! (Any comments? Ed.)

At the end of May a squad worked in dismal weather and dug a 50 ft. length of land drain under the track from the bridge to the end of the cutting alongside the main line. The pipes were bedded in pea shingle which has now been brought up to track level to ensure good drainage and to prevent the cutting from becoming waterlogged again this winter. The plans are to do some turf laying in the autumn which will improve the appearance of the site enormously. At the end of August a tractor was used to carry out some landscaping work around the bottom embankment and to finish the slope on either side of the bridge while on 3rd September a dumper truck was hired to move hardcore, spoil and shingle on the site.

On Summer Bank Holiday the narrow gauge was very popular and all records for passenger journeys were broken. David Branton's 0-6-0T, Simplex, (Quainton News cover, No. 35), opened the running and handed over at lunch to Jim Stevens' superb A5 4-6-2T, No. 450. Incidentally this was the only A5 which had side cab windows and Great Central livery, and very attractive she looked with the two passenger carriages both in use.

VAMES hold monthly meetings at Douglas' home at Waddesdon where, by arrangement, their members can carry out track testing with their locomotives or, when necessary, boiler testing. One of the highlights of this year was a visit with locomotives to Blenheim Palace at the invitation of the Witney and West Oxford Model Engineering Society who operate a ¼ mile long track at the Palace every Sunday in the summer.

News for 1979 is that the Railex show is planned by the Risborough and District MRC for 9th June so we must all be making our arrangements for Sales Stands.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1978 and so does not reflect events in the 36+ 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.

The Narrow Gauges - Quainton News No. 36 - Autumn 1978

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