QEL ARCHIVE

10/05/17
Seeking Employment &
being shortlisted

19/04/17
Big Thanks, Movements
School visits & Lost Lamps

14/04/17
Funeral arrangements for
Eric "Dusty" Miller

09/04/17
Thomas roster and
Locomotive lamps

31/03/17
Sad News reporting the death
of Eric (Dusty) Miller

26/03/17
Millom, Volunteers, Insulation
and a Rail Tour

23/03/17
A Cautionary Tale
plus more Work Week

16/03/17
Rostere, Emergency Event
Day and Work week

06/03/17
Site Security &
Work Week Lunches

03/03/17
Bits & Bobs, Work Week
plus PTS courses/renewals

25/02/17
Living History Fair, Vintage
Cinema and
Funeral arrangemetns for
Andrew Bratton

20/02/17
Sad News on the death
of Andrew Bratton

17/02/17
Schools visit help needed
and TWO opportunities

11/02/17
Hot News about "Defiant"
and "Cornwall" coming to us

07/02/17
A reminder, other News
and Events

23/01/17
News about Andrew Bratton

11/01/17
Work Week or Serving
on the Executive Committee

06/01/17
Hot meals, Interail passes
& Commercial Roster

Earlier QELs can be accessed by using one or other of the above.


QEL COLUMN

QUAINTON EMAIL LETTER 23.5.17

THE BIG SHUNT

Last week Defiant was shunted out of Rewley Road, where she has sat for around 10 years, and has now left the Centre and returned to her owners at Tyseley who are to restore her to mainline running condition. In the absence of the promised locomotive, Cornwall, from the NRM Beattie has taken pride of place. Regarded as one of our 5 "crown jewels", Beattie went out of steaming ticket at the end of her 10 years last October and awaits her turn for overhaul.

Because she is considerably shorter than Defiant Beattie has been joined by our LSWR Milk Van which has been skillfully repainted by weekday volunteer, Alan Sims. Lining and lettering will follow in due course.

The pair of LSWR items look good together. If and when (we hope when) Cornwall does arrive the Milk Van will still be needed as both together are about the length of a GWR Castle class locomotive like Defiant. The Milk Van is also very useful as a second store at events and functions as it is, effectively, an empty box with sliding doors. Currently, the steps used for access to Defiant are stored in there so that they are to hand for possible re-use with Cornwall.

NEWS FROM BEV POTTER

"Hi guys thank you for all your good wishes while I have been ill.

Now down to business we need help to fill the Roster and any time you can spare would be great also if any Stationmasters would like to do half a day to help take to pressure off please let us know.

If you coud ring the office on 01296 655720 it would be great.

Many thanks for all your support.Bev"

GUIDES NEEDED FOR JUNE 14th

Peter Sawyer is looking for a guide to help out on the next School visit day on June 14th. Please contact the office on 01296 655720

APPEAL FOR A SPEAKER - result

I would like to thank the 4 members who stepped forward offering their services as a direct result of my appeal in a recent QEL. Thank you all very much. The day is now covered and the Amersham branch of U3A now have some additional speakers lined up with a selection of topics.

HOW TO CONTACT ME or THE CENTRE

It may seem strange to some but I don't look at this QEL address daily. I only open it if I am expecting something or need to send out a QEL such as this. Should you need to pass a message to the Centre the best way is to telephone the Office on 01296 655 720 - an answerphone machine will take your message if it is out of hours. Like you I have my own, personal, email address which I do view almost daily - lystertony7@gmail.com Should you ever need to contact the Centre and cant recall the details look at the back of one of our leaflets where the contact information is listed. I say all this because when I opened the QEL site tonight I found a couple of once-urgent messages now long expired!

Compiled by Tony Lyster
23.5.17