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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 44 - Spring / Summer 1981

GWR 72XX Class 2-8-2T No. 7200

The Big Tank Arrives

The great news in March was our successful purchase of 7200 from Dai Woodham's at Barry. Since then Dusty Miller and others have been working hard to make possible the move to Quainton and, on 22nd September, Mike Lawrence's transport loaded their 52nd locomotive at the famous scrapyard. It was our own 7200!

In preparing for the move, a working party spent many hours at Barry fixing the sponsor's banners and boards and making sure the giant locomotives gave those who had financed 50% of the move the utmost value for their kindness. Those who were in the party were Rod Thomas, Dave Alexander, Dusty Miller and Martin and Kay Hobbs. Many thanks to all of you. A special thanks to Martin who painted a smiling face and a 'Thanks Everybody' message on the smokebox door and a 'Follow Me to Quainton' invitation on the rear of the bunker.

The sponsors were Wendy Fair Markets, Target Life Assurance, Sanbie Builders of Aylesbury, John Wilkinson Estate Agents of Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard, Keysers (the model people) of Banbury and Laings (the building company of world-wide reputation). Also we had support from the Aylesbury Brewery Company, Perry's, Langlows, Electro Power Gears and Robinsons.

This is a Stop Press item for Quainton News. More details will appear in the next issue, but we did want to say how grateful we are to everybody who made it possible to bring the first prototype locomotive (71000 excepted) out of Barry and perhaps the heaviest too!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1981 and so does not reflect events in the 33+ 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 Big Tank Arrives - Quainton News No. 44 - Spring / Summer 1981

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