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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 98 - October 2007

Letters to the Editor

Member 1989 B J Harding has kindly responded to our request for information on the picture of 6989 donated by Dusty Miller:

"The illustration of 6989 on page 16 of qn 97 was taken between 1950 and 1956. It features in earlier issues of qn and the Stock Book. In qn 34 Spring 78 attributed to F R Sherlock and in undated Stock Book attributed to J Fairman".

Janice Uphill writes about member's family entry on special events and offers a donation for a TPO Stowage vehicle.

Dear Sir,
"Congratulations to the News from Quainton No 34 with all its information therein. I have grumbled for a long time about the lack of this to members, so keep up the good works and I shall eat my former words! Quainton E mail Letter is an excellent idea too with its red hot news. It is most helpful to know of changes in staff and train exam results so one has an idea who should be on the footplate or in the guard's van. I know the editors are dependent on the information they are given, but unfortunately some people need a bit of a prod (or two) to get them to provide anything and by the proper deadline.
With regard to the concern about volunteers having to pay £18 sub for the privilege of working in the kitchen, they all have my sympathy; in fact in the very hot weather (what hot weather?) I do not know how they stick the heat. However, having been footplate crew for thirty odd years until anno-domini stopped me, I could say the same about crewing a locomotive. Of course we do it because we want to, but it does not mean that it is always wonderful; firing on a hot day can be pretty awful, particularly as we do not go very fast. Also lighting up when it is freezing wet and windy and the match keeps going out before the proverbial oily rag is lit, was not my favourite occupation! Crew members will know exactly what I mean. I am sure other members can think of some pretty awful jobs; the field car park when it has been raining for a week and the ground is sodden, for instance"
I was most concerned to hear that so called non working members were being asked to pay 50% of the entrance money on Thomas days; I am not surprised the people Andrew spoke to left the site; it would not surprise me either if we did not lose this one of our hardest working members. Tony Lyster is crying out for helpers and I would think this is a good way to make it even more difficult for him.
I appreciate that on special occasions members need to be curtailed a bit, and as with all societies there are unfortunately a few pains in the neck who get in the way. But surely we have been going long enough to know who the nuisances are and isolate them. After all a member might come on the site to do their own thing, but on seeing someone needing a short break, for instance, be willing to step in and help; if they are discouraged from coming in we are losing potential helpers. And what about the people who do Quainton work at home and / or subscribe handsomely to the various projects requiring money? It is time this paying idea is bonked on the head forthwith.

TPO Stowage Vehicle

I am very glad the Society is getting a stowage vehicle to go with our sorter, and if it is a brake vehicle that will be even better as it will make a complete train. When a vehicle has been chosen I shall put my money where my mouth is and donate something towards it."
Yours sincerely,
Janice Uphill

A hard call this one because I do stints as Station Master and know the families of only very few members and these are those that do regular sessions at one thing or another anyway, so I too would have been faced with The same dilemma. If, by the time you read this the rule change was passed at the recent EGM, the situation will be much clearer and on balance a whole lot fairer. This proves that the Society does respond to members concerns and issues wherever reasonable and practicable. Ed

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 2007 and so does not reflect events in the 7+ 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.

Letters to the Editor - Quainton News No. 98 - October 2007

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