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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 18 - December 1973

Down Yard Shed

The Restoration Building - Hon Secretary

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The simplified reduced scale drawing in the centre pages [above] shows our proposed Restoration Building. The building, which will eventually be 150ft. long and three tracks wide will be erected in two stages, Phase 1 this Winter and Phase 2 when more funds are available.

The main section will be a precast concrete framework with concrete purlins and gutters. The coverings will be single skin asbestos sheeting with translucent sheets positioned in the roof and sides to provide natural lighting. This will be supplied and erected by Bell and Webster Ltd. onto foundations that another contractor will have provided. The large end doors will be steel framed, faced with timber; we will have the frames made but will fix the timber and doors in to the building ourselves. When we erect Phase 2 the doors one end will be moved to the end of the new section.

The two sides of the main building will be enclosed by bay workshops; those adjacent to track 1 on the boundary side will be of precast concrete construction similar to a domestic concrete garage. Phase 1 will comprise a series of small workshops and Phase 2 a longer workshop. The other side of the main building (on the car park side adjacent to track 3) will be the main workshops, mess room, and 'Small Relics' museum. This bay will be bigger and a little more grand. It will have precast concrete sectional building sides and will be supplied by Bell and Webster Ltd. to one of their standard sectional building designs. This bay will be erected by the manufacturers, we hope at the same time as the main building. The outside of this part will have an attractive pebble dash finish that should blend well with the dark blue asbestos of the roof and upper sides of the main section.

We are rapidly acquiring many small items of historical interest and apart from solving the problem of storage the 'Small Relics' Museum will enable us to display them as a further attraction on our Open Days. The mess room is, of course, urgently needed and will provide a place where members may change their clothes, wash their hands and generally have a "natter" over a brew of tea. The main workshop will be for general use and will have small machine tools, welding equipment, etc., as we are able to acquire them. When we are able to erect Phase 2 a further Machine Shop will be added to house the larger machine tools that we hope eventually to own. Next to this will be another small bay workshop of the same construction as the opposite side of the main building; this may be used as a store, welding bay or for general use.

The Electricity Board have already agreed to lay on single phase electricity. A three phase supply for our larger machine tools will have to wait until a new cable route is available but we will not need this for some time. A 110 volt supply will be available for use outside.

The construction of the sectional building workshops are such that we can at a later date insulate them if required so that the Small Relics Museum, Mess Room and Workshops can be heated. No attempt will be made to heat the main building as, apart from the cost, locomotives and rolling stock prefer an unheated, well ventilated building and after all it is they who will spend most time in it.

When will all this take place? By the time you read this 'Quainton News' the site will be cleared, and maybe a start made on the foundations. The order for the main building Phase 1 has been placed and erection will start mid-January. Once this is up we can start on the bays, workshop and doors. A task that we must complete before our Easter Open Days is the relaying of the track through the main building. If we do not finish this we will not have enough length of track to store our stock and leave ourselves room to operate our trains. Soon we will have the main part of a restoration building of which we can all be proud.

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 Restoration Building - Hon Secretary - Quainton News No. 18 - December 1973

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