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

Past Times at Quainton - Austin Harland

25 years ago (Events of 1983)

In recent years several Quainton based locomotives have spent time working on other sites, GWR No.9466, Met No.1, and Coventry (in Thomas® mode) for example, but it was Britain's smallest standard gauge steam engine, Peckett No.l900 that was the first to venture on "foreign" lines.

1900 travelled north to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, where, within four hours of arriving at Haverthwaite, it was demonstrating its prowess on the gradients up to Newby Bridge attached to an observation car (a station seat loaded on a Conflat wagon!).

A few days later a Mk. 1 BSO was successfully worked over the whole line, but piloting the L&HR Peckett Caliban with a six coach train created a problem! Smoke from 1900's low level chimney blew straight into the cab of Caliban almost asphyxiating the crew.

A visit to Steamtown, Carnforth, on the way back to Quainton revealed a few more size related problems. When correctly positioned on the turntable (centrally) an extra long vacuum pipe is required to connect up and 5' 3" is not really tall enough for a coaling tower designed for 8Fs and such like.

10 years ago (Events of 1997). Due to holidays Austin did not have time to do the 10 years ago review.

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.

Past Times at Quainton - Austin Harland - Quainton News No. 98 - October 2007

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