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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 38 - Spring / Summer 1979

Society Notes

Locomotive Department

The removal of the boiler of 6989 has made it possible to continue the work of stripping down and inspection. New brake blocks have arrived for 9466 and the wheels and axles for 6024 are back from Crewe. On Isebrook the engine mountings are finished and pipework is in hand. Millom has been purchased by the Society from R Mitchell and needs retubing. David Potter's Hornpipe is being fitted with vacuum brake for passenger train duties. Tarmac has been used on two up yard shunting expeditions; once to put the Sentinel stock into the new shed and then to move W64 to the cattle dock, shifting a six coach train with ease in the process! In the down yard the Kerr Stuart diesel has been used regularly for JCS work. Coventry No. 1 is waiting for its new tubes to go in and the Pannier is laid up for retubing. The Beattie has had its crossheads remetalled and cylinders and pistons examined. Swanscombe and Del's Peckett are serviceable for the season. L44 has one pair of wheels under the frames and the second pair of wheels undercoated .

Carriage and Wagon

Mike Gordon continues his good work on the Royal Saloon and one side is complete. Paul Johnston's work on the Gresley BSK is reported in this issue. The LCDR has had its doors revarnished and some louvres repaired. Kim Brooker, the new owner of GCR 957, has refitted the internal partitions and is working on the rewiring, doors and soon will be re-upholstering.


The cattle dock has been extended 15ft. to accommodate W64 and Ray Hedley has installed a mains electricity supply. Internal refitting of the refreshment coach is progressing well and a partial opening at Easter seems likely. At the new up yard depot Roy and Peter are fitting out their section workshop in a superb manner. Good progress is being made on the block walls of the Wembley building. Peter Hoskings has rearranged the shop layout, fitted a new counter and applied a fresh coat of floor paint. Grateful thanks to the ladies for welcome lunches throughout the cold winter weekends - including the pancakes! The weighbridge building is being refurbished to be used as a waste paper store (members - please note).

Permanent Way

The points to the Wembley building have been finished (see centre spread). Short lengths of rail on the main line have been renewed and there has been spot resleepering and replacement of ferrules and keys.

Signal and Telegraph

The telephone exchange has been improved during the winter closed season and a new amplifier for the public address system installed. An S & T exhibition is planned for the August weekend as an interesting attraction. Tim Stevens is incorrectly shown as the Safety Representative on page 15 of the Autumn News.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1979 and so does not reflect events in the 35+ 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.

Society Notes - Quainton News No. 38 - Spring / Summer 1979

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