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QUAINTON EMAIL LETTER 26.03.2017
MILLOM'S STEAM TEST
Millom successfully passed her in-steam test in front of our insurance company's boiler inspector this week. Well done to all concerned in getting her overhauled and back into service.
NEW VOLUNTEER DAY
Hands up time from the Chairman - "The Volunteer Event should have been better managed and that's my fault as I was leading - my day job interfering too much. The up side is we do have 4 new members signed up and learned a fair bit for the next such event as well. Thanks to those who pitched up to help out."
QEL Compiler's note - The Centre also hosted a community visit from around 60 RAF intake trainees from the local RAF Halton Training Establishment who did a great deal to help us prepare for the coming season with much sweeping, dusting, washing down and moving of things in evidence. We learned a lot in several ways from their visit which is likely to be repeated.]
EASTER THOMAS - In 2016 Thomas days contributed around 50% of our visitors and £200,000 of the Centre's revenue - it is the key player in the finances, although we are working on others as well, and we are keen to put on the best show we can at Easter.
We are due a formal inspection from the franchise owners and there is a serious need for guards on both up and down sides and loco crews for the down side for our just overhauled, fresh out of the box, Millom posing as Percy. Please contact the office or sign on via the on-line roster.
SUNDAY 9th APRIL - RAILTOUR DUE
We are to host a visit from the Branch Line Society on Sunday 9th April who will be arriving by train. Around 70 folk in all are expected and they have requested brake van rides and that the rides visit the extremities of every line possible as this is a feature of their visits.
If you can help with this visit please contact Adrian, in the office, on 01296 655 720 who will is looking for help. There is an opportunity here to earn extra cash from Refreshments and, the organisers have suggested, a donations bucket. The Centre will be open to the public in the normal way this day.
ARE YOU IN SEARCH OF INSULATION?
As Work Week ends tonight and the last of the volunteers take their tired muscles home for a well earned soak in the bath the weather seems to be improving - somewhat! The weekend has seen glorious weather, albeit accompanied by the same brisk cool wind we have had all week, and much has been achieved. Tucked away re-organising two Romney store buildings as I have been all week I know little, and saw even less, of what others have achieved but I hear that PWay laid track in both yards and that much cleaning, maintenance painting and sprucing up was done. The north side of Rewley Road has been pressure washed most effectively.
It has become apparent that the Society has 7 unopened rolls of Rockwool insulation in stock. In "our good old days" we used this to lag steam boilers and we would have saved it but a better, more modern material is now available and so we are looking for someone to make a donation and take the rolls away, please. Maybe you could do with some more in your loft or did your workshop feel a bit colder this winter? Please contact Adrian on 01296 655 720 if you would like to know more. If its still there in a few weeks it will have to be disposed of as it is cluttering us up.
In the last QEL I incorrectly stated the death toll of the Quintinshill rail disaster in 1915 as over 600. The actual death toll was 227, plus 4 unidentified children and over 200 injured. My apologies, I neglected to check my facts on Wikipedia.
by Tony Lyster