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QUAINTON EMAIL LETTER 11.2.17
The hot news is that the big secret that so many of us have known for several months can now be talked of openly, its no longer a secret.
As you know Birmingham Railway Museum have recalled their GWR Castle class locomotive Defiant from display at Quainton. Now the National Railway Museum have kindly consented for us to display the 1847 built locomotive Cornwall in place of Defiant in Rewley Road Visitor Centre.
Built by the Grand Junction Railway which later became part of the LNWR (London & North Western Railway) as a 4-2-2 just 22 years after the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and rebuilt several times firstly in 1858 and again in the 1870's - she is now a 2-2-2.
Interestingly for us, the original Cornwall was displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Our own Rewley Road Visitor Centre is made of the run-on parts left over from the erection of the Great Exhibition building.
A fuller history will be available shortly or you can look her up on Wikipedia which has a very full account.
Editor's note: Maybe not so secret Tony as we even knew months ago and were not sworn to secrecy. However, when Cornwall gets recalled in about 2086 maybe the Society will consider looking south for a replacement. How about John Hampden from the London Transport Museum sporting a nearly secret Dreadnought on behind or, perhaps, this would be a bit too radical for Quainton having regard to the Forward Plan that achieved for us our Accreditation.