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

Small Relics - Significant Additions to the Museum by Alan Vessey

Significant Additions to the Museum

The 150th anniversary of the opening of the Aylesbury Rly Co. (1839) was marked with a small display, with details of construction problems (lack of "ballast engines", given by Robert Stephenson), maps and plates. The arrangements for the opening day are shown, together with some relics, including Stephenson's gradient post at "1 in 5736"(!) from Marston Gate.

Other additions include:

l) a well detailed Oxford to Aylesbury Tramroad '0' gauge model train comprising Manning Wardle 0-6-0 Brill No. l in red lake, the 4-wheel verandah coach, and the 2-plank wagons for collection of milk churns along the line (mainly scratchbuilt by Mr. Smith);

2) from the personal collection of member John Reed a number of local items including a well restored Met. Rly coach door, the oil lamp & holder from the Quainton Road booking hall, LNER door panel, and a blue Aylesbury sign (from a Quainton flowerbed). John has also generously loaned items such as a Verney Junction station nameboard, LMSR coach crest and a pair of temporary LPTB paper ring & bar signs put up in 1945 at Wendover and Stoke Mandeville Met & GC Joint Stations.

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.

Small Relics - Significant Additions to the Museum by Alan Vessey - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

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