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


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J R Fairman - How it was in 1970. Sir Thomas with an 'open' carriage.

Over sixteen years ago, in August 1970, the Editor of No. 5 of the Quainton Railway Society Ltd. Newsletter, my good friend and predecessor John Hutchings, announced that he would be relinquishing the post and invited a volunteer to take over the job. At that time I lived in Reading and was a regular 'visitor' to our one-year-old site. I volunteered! Now, in October 1986, after taking over with No. 7, renaming it Quainton News from No. 8 and putting 55 issues to bed, I am, in turn, relinquishing the post. Happily, my successors will be Joint Editors, Trevor Page and Bruce Murray - and they will start work with the publication of the Spring 1987 issue of Quainton News. I wish them well!

I have decided to give up the Quainton pen with a mixture of emotions. Firstly, I feel so grateful to so many members for their sterling support over the past 16 years, assistance with articles and information, help with good photographs and drawings, and, above all, by the unfailing warmth of friendship whenever I have been to Quainton. It is this friendship that I value most. Long may it continue. But the move I made to Southampton in 1972 and my increasing commitments in business and other fields has always made my visits to our Centre too infrequent. So my second reaction in ending my long period in the Editor's chair is one of relief! No longer will I have to try (not always successfully!) to assess the mood of the members. Even more difficult has been to respond to the policy direction of the Executive Committee, although I have always had superb support from our Secretary, Roy, who I have valued as a personal friend for well over 30 years. I should also like to thank many other members of the Executive Committee, who, over the years, have been so very helpful - and I must not forget dear Janice, for her wonderful articles and for her meticulous Minutes. There are so many names to whom I should like to express my grateful thanks: John Hutchings, Ray Hedley, Anthea Hanscomb, Peter, Chris and Mike, Tim Stevens, Reg Uphill and Janice (again!), our Chairman, Andrew Bratton, Gordon Rodwell, Austin Harland, Nigel Halliday, Neville Royce, Ted Rogers, Ken and Miriam Ashman, Tony Lyster, Frank and Jo Boait, Alan Vessey, Roger and Sandy Wornham, Simon Field, John Parsons, Dennis Howells . . . and many many others. I am sorry if I have missed your name, but I am so appreciative for so many members' contributions.

May I, before signing off for the last time, pay tribute to Norman Dicker, who has been Site Representative for the past five years - and for the special services, as Assistant Editor, made so willingly and enthusiastically by Trevor Page since issue No. 55. I am sure that the Editorial changeover will be a bumpless exercise and I extend to Trevor and to Bruce my sincere good wishes in their future endeavours. I feel sure they will understand the reward of an Editor is to see each issue completed and printed. It then lives as a permanent record of his labours!

Finally, may I ask all members to support the new Editorial team, with articles and photographs, letters and comments. If you don't, you may find me slipping into future issues with another ancient contribution!

Good wishes and good luck to Quainton or, if you wish, to Buckingham Railway Centre - but especially to you! And a very Happy New Year.

John Fairman
Editor- 3rd November 1986

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.

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

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