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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 71 - September 1992

The Sentinel Trust - Registered Charity No. 289715 - Barry Hoper

Progress during the winter months has been considerable. Susan and No. 7 have both had a complete boiler overhaul, including full retubes and the welding of any wastage. Both boilers have successfully undergone hydraulic testing by the boiler inspector. Susan's boiler has now been reunited with the locomotive and both the firebox and boiler have been tested together. The locomotive also has a new coal tender and roof and the cab has been fully refurbished. Gary hopes to have Susan in steam again in July. We intend to reunite No. 7 with its boiler during September.

John Hutchinson has sold No. 11 to Gary Woolley. John's mother's health is ailing and John has decided he can no longer spare the time necessary to restore No. 11. John still visits the site regularly and helps with work on the other locomotives. He also continues to act as our Archivist member.

The Brook (alias 6515) is still on holiday at the Princes Risborough and Chinnor railway where she has recently been the subject of considerable interest from the railway press. The Association held an open day at Princes Risborough in April and the Brook was permitted into Princes Risborough station under her own steam. It is worth mentioning that all the railway magazines credited the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre as the real home of the locomotive - I hope the fact is remembered when she wants to come home!

Work on the railcar has not progressed as well as we would have liked but lack of volunteers continues to frustrate our efforts. The second bogie has been removed and a full refurbishment is under way; the siding had to be extended to facilitate this project. Work on the interior coachwork has also been carried out and a new door has been installed in the trailing car to replace the unsightly black plastic sheet. On the subject of appearance, we have decided to cosmetically restore the exterior of the unit so that the railcar looks more attractive to members of the public.

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The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1992 and so does not reflect events in the 20+ 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.

The Sentinel Trust - Registered Charity No. 289715 - Barry Hoper - Quainton News No. 71 - September 1992

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