QEL ARCHIVE

23/05/17
A Big Shunt, News about Bev
plus Guides & Speakers

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 25.5.17

HOT NEWS ON THE HOTTEST DAY!

Cornwall IS coming! The National Railway Museum, owners of the historic locomotive 'Cornwall', kindly gave consent yesterday afternoon for Quainton to instruct a haulier to collect her from Shildon. And they have advertised on their Facebook page that this weekend will be the last opportunity for a while to see her at Shildon before her journey to Quainton.

I understand that the delay has been caused by the need to investigate the amount of asbestos, its condition and location on the locomotive.

We are hoping that she can be delivered to us in the next couple of weeks to take advantage of opportunity windows at Quainton but this will depend, of course, on the hauliers commitments.

OFF ON ITS HOLIDAYS!

Our 04 number D2298 which was built in 1960 and arrived with us in October 1982 has left Quainton, today, for a 2 week hire to the East Lancashire Railway. She was repainted into British Railways green livery recently from the BR blue of recent years but came to as 'Lord Wenlock' from the Derwent Valley Railway when that line closed. I gather that the East Lancs is holding a Small Engines Gala with both steam and diesel in early June.

On her return D2298 will be delivered to our Down Yard so that we have a vacuum fitted locomotive in both yards as a precaution against steam locomotive failure. Accordingly, Cromwell, the new and bright yellow diesel hydraulic engine, is being fitted with vacuum in the Up Yard.

GOOD NEWS OF BRIAN AMMANN

Brian has now returned home from a couple of weeks in a delightful convalescent home in Rustington on the south coast following his major operation. Brian has asked me to convey his thanks for all the support and good wishes as he wont be able to visit Quainton for some weeks yet.

SIGNING IN & OUT

I have been asked to remind us all to sign in at the start of your day - and out at the end of your day at Quainton. I gather that there are several members who regularly fail to sign out and that this will cause a problem in the case of an emergency. Similarly, I know there are some who just don't bother signing in at all - and think it highly amusing.

If we were to have a fire there is the possibility of a fireman having
to dress up in breathing apparatus and go searching for someone who has, in fact, left the Centre though he might trip over someone who hasn't signed in in the first place!

Please, remember to sign in AND out.

Compiled by Tony Lyster
25.5.17

 

 

QUAINTON EMAIL LETTER 25.5.17 - a second one

ORGANISATIONAL DETAILS FOR THIS WEEKEND - includes VAMES, 6989 and others

I have received the following information for this weekend:

1. Over the bank holiday weekend can all volunteers and staff cars please be parked in the members car park as we need to maximise the available space in the main car park as we don't have the resources available to open the Field car park if needed.

2. Can anyone bringing a car onto the site, including VAMES and 6989 teams, over the weekend please make sure you are parked up by 10:15 and enter via the gate from the members car park adjacent to the Quainton Road Station. NB: For visitor safety the Station master at his discretion, will shut and may be lock this gate once the site has been opened.

3. Increased Watchfulness. In light of the tragic and horrendous events in Manchester we all need to be alert to the fact that so called 'soft' targets are being identified for such attacks. Before Monday it would have seemed that a pop concert attracting young children was a very low risk of suffering such an attack - we now have to assume all leisure and venue locations are potential targets - including the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.

Please be watchful and observant and if you are suspicious of anything, person or baggage, then please bring it to the attention of the Station Master, which will be Ben Jackson on both days this weekend.

A DIESEL CONFUSION

It appears that in the QEL sent earlier today I got my diesels muddled up. I gather than Cromwell is in a grey undercoat and that another one is yellow. The lesson? I should get out more and observe things that don't involve timber Wolverton builds of the 1890's!!

Compiled by Tony Lyster
25.5.17