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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

Editorial by Tony Lyster

1989 has been a momentous year for us all. Firstly there was the renaming of the King and the honour of the visit by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, then came the pressures and privileges of driving our own trains on LT metals. All this has set new standards and achievements, arguably the most notable feather in our cap was Chesham, manning and operating our own steam engines, 24 hours a day, on an intensively worked railway. This is something that no one else has ever done before.

1989 has also proved something else. In times of need Quainton's teamwork can pull through, but, and it is a big but, there is a greater need for teamwork for twelve months of the year. More importantly, as the Chairman states, we particularly need more team leaders and team members. With the correct approach this need not be an every weekend job, assistants can be delegated to. There are a considerable number of jobs that can be done. Many wagons need a lick of paint, vegetation needs controlling and vast areas need a tidy up, notably in the up yard. Some members are already tackling wagons and gardens but they need help, a group of two or three can make a lot of difference. So come on all you leaders, managers or members with an idea of how it should he done- show yourselves. As a first step turn up and contact the duty stationmaster. 1990 looks as if it will be a difficult year for Britain financially so it will be especially important to enhance our presentation to encourage repeat visits and increase their frequency.

As you will be aware this is the first News for rather a long time and the reasons are history. We have a new editorial team of David Stribley, Des Jenkins, Richard Williams and me, Tony Lyster. I am known to most of you but the others are newcomers, I know you will make them welcome. It looks as if we will take it in turns to edit an issue on rotation. Following my cajoling for articles we are in the difficult position of lack of space so some items have had to be held over. I hope you will forgive me as it would have been most unfair to wield the knife.

We hope you enjoy reading our new Quainton News and will write to us with your views, news and articles. In the meantime we take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you next year at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.

Finally I draw your attention to the stop press and encourage you to visit our VAMES friends.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1989 and so does not reflect events in the 25+ 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 by Tony Lyster - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

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