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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 44 - Spring / Summer 1981
Depot News and Workshop
Depot have been very busy in the L&NW coach body, fitting up shelving and making counters. Plates are now displayed on the walls and the attendants are now in the dry. Ken Ashman now knows how to replace a coach window, but it was certainly designed for easy repair. New gates have been fitted at either end of platform one and a new iron gate at the exit from the up yard. A start has also been made in clearing some of the scrub before the bushes take over.
Both the Ladies Toilets and the Booking have been cleaned up and redecorated - necessary repairs and making good being carried out in the process. Hot and cold water supplies have now been installed in the Gents. All that remains to be done is screwing the shower rose to the wall and supplying some gas.
Mick Rolley and Guy Heap have been very busy on the Wembley Building, painting the steelwork, realigning the RW gutters and fixing the brackets. There is now an increased length of fencing on the south side of the down yard, plus extra rope barriers on Open Days. A supply of round steel stakes were made by the Loco Dept. The Refreshment Coach has now got a hot water heater, which saves a lot of to-ing and fro-ing with kettles. The next requirement is a hand wash-basin and a tea-maker.
A generator to run three-phase machinery has been generously donated to the Society and a hard core base laid down for it behind the down yard restoration building. Proposals for the restoration of Quainton Road Station building have been made by Tony Lyster and approved in principle. Research on the correct Metropolitan Railway colours is being carried out. Earlier in the year a farm-type gate was purchased, painted and fitted at the rear of the station 'field'. Two pairs of steps have been bought with funds raised by Ray Hedley - many thanks Ray.
Thanks to Reg Uphill for funding and purchasing a 6' 12" Colchester lathe for the Society from Brunel University. John Carter is now Reg's deputy on the Sub-Committee.
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