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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 31 - Spring 1977
Recollections of Quainton Road
The Editor received three very welcome letters in response to his request for recollections of earlier days at Quainton Road and these are so interesting that they are reproduced for all our readers to enjoy. If they remind you of some event or personality please tell the Editor; he will appreciate your letter.
First, here is a letter from Mr E C Ray of Wendover, who is 87 years old: -
Now here is a letter from our member, Mr M J Stapp, who incidentally was one of the original contributors to L44 when it was purchased by the LRPS.
Another cousin, a Mr Charlie Shillingford, worked at Quainton, but later went to Pinner, as a station-man and then to Harrow, where I understand he became a station master. He has now retired and is said to be in poor health. I have some memories of Quainton as a going concern after the last war, right up to its closure, after which we visited Quainton by road. I was intrigued by the musical clock in the church tower and the old windmill, of which you wrote in the recent News.
As a flying instructor, I occasionally fly over Quainton, but I have little time to visit it on the ground. Sometimes I have taken photographs of it, but these are not yet very good for publication. I will try again sometime. I hope this information is helpful.
Yours faithfully, M J Stapp
Finally, from our valued member at Berkhamsted, Henry Casserley, here is an account of his visits to Quainton Road 40 years ago. It conjures up memories of a very different station with fascinating motive power!
I made several visits to Quainton Road before it was finally closed to all traffic on 4 July 1966, having already lost its passenger service on 4 March 1963.
Most of these were during the 1930s, when of course the primary attraction was the Brill branch, which involved a change of train here. I covered th is fascinating branch three times, on 15 March 1930, 8 April 1933 and again a few months before its final closure in December 1935, on 22 June of that year.
On the first occasion I find that I travelled from Marylebone behind GCR Atlantic No. 5266 and had Met 41 on the branch, returning to Aylesbury by the Verney Junction motor train with F1 2-4-2T No. 5594. This was not only a former Great Central engine, but one they had inherited from the MS&LR, having been built in 1890.
My return journey to Baker Street was made appropriately behind Met 0-6-4T No. 97 Brill with electric No. 5 John Hampden (the one now preserved), from Harrow.
April 1933 saw me there again, on this occasion with 4-6-0 No. 6164 Earl Beatty, and the second of the remaining pair of 4-4-0T's, No. 23, to Brill and back. On this occasion I also managed to visit the village and photograph the windmill, another interest which I was pursuing at this period. Back again to Aylesbury in the Verney Junction motor train, this time with GER Crystal Palace 2-4-2T No. 8307, thence to Rickmansworth with Met 4-4-4T No. 110, and finally electric 14 to Baker Street.
On 22 June 1935, in view of its impeding closure, I did the Brill line for the last time, but this time only as far as Wood Siding, where I obtained what has become a fairly well known view of No. 23 in the picturesque woodland setting. I had reached Quainton Road again behind a GCR Atlantic No. 5358, and returned by a through Baker Street train from Verney Junction with Met 4-4-4T No. 105.
This was the last time I visited Quainton Road by train, although I did call in there by car on subsequent occasions, prior to its becoming the Headquarters of the Society, such as on June 17 1939, when I found 2-6-4T No. 6163 (late Met 116) shunting in the up yard. (This is the photograph at the beginning of this selection of letters).
These engines were regularly seen at Quainton, mainly working coal trains from the Midlands destined for Neasden Power Station, which were handed over from the LMS at Verney Junction.
The last occasion prior to the inauguration of the Society was on 7 July 1946, when I stopped at our station to photograph an up Manchester to Marylebone express passing through with V2 2-6-2 No. 4888 at its head.
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