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Dreamed a Dream
was a time a while ago and maybe still today when one could wait a
long time for a bus to come along and then two or three would appear
together in a sort of echelon.
syndrome seems much the same with the Quainton Railway Society where
once upon a time regular issues would be published of Quainton News
interspersed at about halfway between with News from Quainton. Back
in June they come together although the News from Quainton was a
special edition. Since then ????
column, also overdue for update, should have come along at about
that same time but the leader writer has been busy rescuing three
not for profit organisations websites from unstable
servers and depositing them on our own.
was, of course, very tiring causing the writer to fall into a deep
sleep when the work was completed where he experienced a weird dream,
or as our ancestors would have said a vision.
he was in the early hours of a morning driving along an old dual
carriageway road a bit like the A1 dotted with infrequent roundabouts
the sort that just as you arrive something is coming from the right.
In this case it is a police car which is stopped across the approach.
reason is soon clear. A convoy of low loaders is approaching from
the road on the right the first of which carries a steam locomotive.
As this passes in front a name can be clearly seen on the side tank
evidently and neatly emblazoned in Banksie style with the
next loader is carrying and evidently wonderfully restored six
wheeled carriage sort of Pullman style with a neat gold
but rather oversized name Incomprehension inscribed along
the lower side. That is an odd name muses our writer but before he
can think further yet another wonderfully restored carriage is
passing by with a similar style but different name. This time it
reads Ineptitude. Then another passes named Indecisive
and another entitled Inadequate
and finally a slightly odd looking coach named Third Class Broke
Class Broke also carries an effigy of a black coffin horizontally
inclined with a red flag emerging upwards from within the enclosure.
The red flag has the letters G and O visible then quite suddenly
before the very eyes of our sleeping writer the flag is seemingly
reversed to green and the word AWAY is revealed.
writer is stunned into inactivity, is this a sign?
of the policemen from the car ahead taps on his window. Sorry
for the delay Sir but there is a bit more to come. I
cant believe my eyes replies our man as a mass of cars,
motorbikes, cyclists, motorbility chairs etc. start passing by all
then carrying flags or banners reading Save our Society.
says our policeman They are the protesting members of our
local railway society that went bust a few months ago and that was
their beloved stock being taken to another site miles away. We had to
have quite a police presence at the auction but they had left it too
late to change their offering to the public so the visitor numbers
wonders why they did nothing about it replies our sleeper.
one told them replies the policeman You can carry on
now the road is clear unless you are going the same way as the
convoy he says.
sleepy head resumes less troubled slumbers as his vision fades away
but the memory lingers when he awakes.
note: This publication would like to make it clear that the
vision recounted above has no basis in fact or in anyway
is related to the circumstances of the Quainton Railway Society Ltd
at the time of writing but must be regarded as an allegorical
personal experience for the writer whereby a clue may be associated
with the animated flag bearing the inscriptions either side that
conbine to read:
we take the view that a lack of meaningful, frequent and honest
communication is fundamental to the well being of any organisation or
society. In this regard the Quainton Railway Society Ltd does not
score well. The governing committee presently rely simply on
infrequent paper publications sent by mail to their members,
spasmodic emails directed to a minority contingent and whispers.
are a divisive and corrosive communication system normally employed
by devious secret societies and should be avoided at all times
otherwise rumours and negative speculation may run rife to the
detriment of everyone concerned.