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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 11 - March 1972

Don't Look any Further!

Just in case you are scratching your head and wondering where those engines have gone which you are sure you remembered seeing on a previous visit to Quainton please be assured that you haven't suffered from delusion!

Yes, the Norwegian 2-6-0 has disappeared, so has an Avonside built 0-6-0 ST called Robert and so has a fireless locomotive which carried the inscription V D B & J Ltd. No 2 on its "boiler". They left Quainton for a number of different reasons and for various destinations.

The Norwegian Locomotive Preservation Group's NSB Mogul and its attendant four wheeled carriage were moved to the South Eastern Steam Centre Ashford during the last week in January 1972. The locomotive, NSB 377 had been in our upside yard since 6th May 1971 when it arrived from Bressingham Steam Museum, Norfolk. It had been out of the question to allow steaming of 377 during 1971 but this possibility may be realised with less delay at Ashford. It is possible that you may have missed Robert. Certainly Robert was resident at Quainton longer than the 2-6-0; he arrived in March 1970 and didn't leave until September 1971. During those eighteen months very little restoration work was carried out and the Avonside built 0-6-0 ST didn't present too good an 'image' to the visitor. Our member, Peter Elms, had bought Robert from the British Steel Corporation (formerly Stewarts & Lloyds Minerals ) who had it out of service in March 1969 from their Lamport Calcine Bank, Northamptonshire. After nearly a year in store at London Road Garage (Laughton) Ltd., Bletchley, Robert came to Quainton but this was not to be his final home. Last September the move was made to Dilhorne, Staffordshire to join the Foxfield Light Railway and a very similar Avonside built outside cylinder 0-6-0 ST called Cranford. For the records, Robert was Avonside Makers No. 2068 and has 16 in bore and 24 in stroke cylinders, 3ft 1 in coupled wheels, a boiler pressure of 160 lbs per sq in and weighs 32 tons.

You might well be accused of thinking it was a figment of the imagination that there was once another Barclay fireless 0-4-0 at Quainton before the present engine, maker's No. 1477 came from Laportes at Luton in May 1971. From 2nd March to 22nd May 1970 a somewhat similar fireless locomotive, maker's No. 1493 was resident. Both were built in 1916 but the fleeting visitor had worked at Van der Berg and Jurzen's (Laportes) at Purfleet and at Luton. After leaving Quainton, 1493 was scrapped by Agris and Jeacock of Bicester but fortunately we have our own example of this type of locomotive in 1477 and there are several others preserved elsewhere, including the Huntley & Palmers' Bagnall engine at Didcot and a six coupled Barclay at the Glasgow Museum of Transport.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1972 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ 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.

Don't Look any Further! - Quainton News No. 11 - March 1972

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