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

Just in Case.....

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J R Fairman - Our warmest thanks to the Red +

At every Open Day since we started admitting the public to Quainton we have had qualified First Aiders at the depot - just in case there are any accidents causing injury to persons. We thought it was about time the Red+ featured in Quainton News especially as the lads and lass were looking so relaxed in the sunshine in front of their tent at the August weekend. Usually they have the Aylesbury detachment ambulance from their centre at Oxford Road, Aylesbury and this was the first time they have presented such a holiday picture with the frame tent!

Let me introduce the staff on parade. Ladies first and we are pleased to meet Cathy Matthews of Aylesbury looking very charming under the banner. Next to her is Chris Brown, a Quaintonian and with him is his brother Michael, also from Aylesbury, two very likely lads.

What sort of injuries do they usually have to treat at our Open Days? I'm almost pleased to tell you that the problem of 'smuts in the eye', (foreign bodies), are high on the list. I tried to explain that a good honest smut from a locomotive chimney was one of the attractions of a ride on a steam train but the response from the first aiders was decidedly lukewarm! Grazed hands and knees, sprained ankles and, in season, wasp stings are a I so normal fare and, thank goodness and touching wood, they have never been called on to deal with anything really serious. When asked for their reaction to Xmas Open Days their comments were NO!, NO!- so they are obviously not too keen on treating ailments like indigestion or hangovers.

One word of thanks from Chris Brown to us! They do appreciate the telephone which, if ever there is a nasty injury requiring hospital treatment, will be invaluable to call help quickly. One grouse is that they seem to be considered as the information centre for those requiring toilets so folks, please do not make your enquiries at the Red + tent unless it is a dire emergency!

From all the members and visitors at Quainton we thank you, Red + volunteers, for being there. . . just in case.

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.

Just in Case..... - Quainton News No. 36 - Autumn 1978

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