BRC Website Home
Quainton Virtual Stockbook
Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 40 - Spring 1980
Coventry No. 1 did return to service in 1979, just in time for the Xmas and New Year's Day steamings, and she is expected to be the principal performer this year. The restoration of Hornpipe is going ahead and our Chairman, David Potter, hopes to have his Peckett in action at Easter. Del Etheridge's is also fit for service and should be able to take its share of duties. Some interesting statistics from the 1979 guard's journals reveal that the total number of journeys was 632, compared with 422 in 1978, and the work was performed by the Beattie (440). Del's Peckett (151) and Coventry No. 1 (41).
During the autumn the Pannier was stripped down and the boiler was lifted out on 20th January. Since then the tubes have been removed and the boiler is now ready for the repairs to the firebox lap fracture. Beattie is out of service, also for retubing.
Brian Clifford's latest acquisition, Arthur, is already stripped down for boiler inspection and overhaul work has started. Another Hunslet, Spartacus, is now up at the Wembley shed headshunt for removal of wheels and axles to go away for the tyres to be reprofiled. Work is continuing in cleaning the inside surfaces of 6989's frames. These have been jacked up and all journals and bearings examined and found in good order. Safety valves, clack valves, drain cocks and lubricators have been obtained and a new fountain head is being made. New brass number plates have been cast from scrap brass, like taps, collected by members. Don't forget! 6989 is a Society engine.
Eric Miller still needs support for the 7200 fund. In 1979 £50 was realised from waste paper brought to Quainton by members and Chris Tayler wants every member to swell the total this year to at least £200 for Society funds.
Carriage and Wagon Department:
The Cinema Coach has had external panels removed, disclosing the original members. The ceiling hardboard has been stripped off and quite a lot of rotten timber has been uncovered. At least 25% of the roof will need renewal, but it is good to have the vintage LNWR 12-wheeler under cover and drying out. The LCDR coach is being prepared for its centenary in November and excellent progress with rebuilding doors, varnishing and gold sizing is being made. The GCR coach is out of service while its Aylesbury end springs are out for leaf repairs. The top leaves were found to carry the name of the makers, T Turton & Sons, a firm still in business. An 18 in. vacuum cylinder has been obtained for the GN brake. Work continues on the Gresley bogie third brake and a full set of LNER coach prints have been collected for the compartments. Plans for a C & W exhibition later in the year are underway.
Permanent Way Department:
The track has been lifted from the Buffer Depot siding. The major task is extending the unloading spur in the down yard by about 90 ft and this is a part of a scheme to construct a coaling platform in the V between the siding and the track to the shed.
Signal and Telegraph Department:
A 100 line telephone exchange has been purchased and is being installed. An information centre is proposed for visitors at the station and it will be sited in the old kitchen with access from the booking office.
Crew Training Board:
Our grateful thanks to Les Sherman, who has had to resign for health reasons from Workshop Manager. We wish him better health in the future and welcome Reg Uphill, who has been appointed in his stead.
Text © Quainton Railway Society / Photographs © Quainton Railway Society or referenced photographer
Page Updated: 17 November 2017