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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 99 - April 2008
Celia Renews Acquaintance With one of her engines - Sheila Lobley
85-year-old Celia Dunn used to clean Met. 1 when she was a loco cleaner at Neasden Depot (where it was built) until 1962; she went on to eventually become Controller of the Bakerloo Line.
She lives in the same village as Peter Bristow, who brought Celia, her daughter and some of her friends along to the Centre to play trains. Sheila Lobley arranged for Ian Pearce of BBC 3 Counties Radio and the Bucks Herald photographer to come along to mark the occasion! Ian did a nice interview with Celia that was broadcast during the Lorna Milton Show.
The Bucks Herald photographer - Richard Hartley-Parkinson - rang to say be wasn't bringing a still camera, but their TV unit. Bucks Herald now show video clips on their website each day and be thought this would make a good story! Well, Richard loved it at Quainton!!! After filming Met. 1 leaving Platform 4, he filmed Celia by the engine, then cleaning it, then walking down the platform talking to him, getting in the carriage, in the compartment for the full ride and finally getting on to the footplate! (What a sprightly 85-year-old she is - she would have beaten me up into the cab any day!!)
We suggested he might like to have a quick look in the Museum in case he wanted to nip up and do a bit of filming sometime if they were short of news and wanted a stop-gap, but he reluctantly decided he ought to go back and do some editing - then he looked out and saw Met. 1 again - and said, But could we go on the footbridge and film the loco in action from there? Wow! He loved it- and really didn't want to leave (which he did after 3 pm and a footplate ride accepted with alacrity!!).
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