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

Workshop by Reg Uphill

As there is now a 440 electricity supply on the Centre it has at last been possible to progress with our long desired wish to have a machine shop. For a number of years we have been gathering a range of suitable machines, which include the following :

  • 6" and 7½" Colchester lathe
  • 2 power hacksaws
  • Alba shaping machine
  • Kearns horizontal boring machine
  • 12" Reed Prentice lathe
  • 3' 6" radial drill

The small lathe will be operational once it has been filled with oil, rewired and checked but some of the other machines may take a little longer. Check guards need to be fitted to comply with Health & Safety regulations and their use will necessarily have to be restricted to trained personnel only. However the machines are not limited to turning out locomotive work only but are for all types of products at the Centre.

The larger machines in the main part of the building have yet to be wired up, some need stripping and cleaning and a few minor repairs. A chest high wall topped with a chain link fence is to be erected to protect the public for safety and security reasons. The entrance for larger items will be outside the building when the extension has been built, but this is unlikely to be until next year. Suitably qualified members will be most welcome.

For those of you who aren't aware of the position of the new shop, it lies on a new area of concrete in the down yard shed where the diner has traditionally sat since 1975. S & T have now swapped their store to the other side of the shed to what was known as the paint store. This will allow more room in the wings once the end walls have been knocked through. There is a fairly major reorganisation of this whole area, along with the loco stores, underway to make the operation of this vital area easier.

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.

Workshop by Reg Uphill - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

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