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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 16 - June 1973

Rickmansworth Water Tower

The Rickmansworth Affair

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P I Clarke - Rickmansworth 28th April 1973

The provision of an adequate water supply for locomotive purposes was an essential feature of the days when steam reigned supreme on our railways.

Water columns supplied from storage tanks through water mains were to be found at the ends of platforms of most important stations and in many goods yards. Some railway companies, including the Metropolitan Railway and the Great Western had a design which combined the column with a tank and we have obtained such a water crane from Rickmansworth.

The whole operation was successfully carried out thanks to our friends from London Transport and the load was transported to Quainton on 29th April.

The unit was actually separated into two sections for ease of handling and the crane loaded the tank and the column on to Fountain's lorry as soon as they were unbolted.

Our next job is to dig a 'dirty big 'ole' at Quainton yard and many helpers will be needed for the task of handling the loads of pre-mixed concrete needed for the base. Thanks again LT; hope we can have another session soon! For the record, the tank holds 1000 gallons and the builders were W Richardson & Son, Leicester.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1973 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.

The Rickmansworth Affair - Quainton News No. 16 - June 1973

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