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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 61 - Autumn / Winter 1986 / 87

Civil Engineering News by Bruce Murray

An important event in August was the annual visit by the DTP Railway Inspector. His verdict was that, while things were satisfactory, a lot needed doing before next season. The main problem, as with other Departments, is a shortage of manpower and this creates difficulties when trying to split the available volunteers between maintenance and new work. We also have the financial constraints that make it necessary to purchase material for jobs over a period of time. If YOU came along to help some of the manpower problems would disappear.

The latest task to be completed in the up yard is the removal and relaying of the 180ft of track No. 6 siding. This has never been touched before and, because it is used to load and deliver rolling stock, it was decided to make sure the track was strong enough to have low loaders drive over it.

The temporary Ivatt roads, Nos. 1 and 2, are planned for relaying in November - and involves the removal of part of an embankment, to allow the track to take a reasonable curve.

In the down yard, the locking-room steps have been fitted to the signal box. Also in this area the first of the pathway improvements are underway, by Bob Smith & Co. - and they are doing an impressive job on the route to the Wembley building.

Another event in August was the presentation to the Society, by the Lamp Manufacturing & Railway Supplies Company, of a complete London & South Western Railway signal, plus a small ground frame. We thank them most sincerely for their generosity and for their help in recovering the equipment. It is intended to erect the signal at the main entrance to the Centre on the up side.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1987 and so does not reflect events in the 27+ 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.

Civil Engineering News by Bruce Murray - Quainton News No. 61 - Autumn / Winter 1986 / 87

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