QEL ARCHIVE

25/07/17
The late Margaret Nicholls
and Greater Security Awareness

21/07/17
Fire Engine Rally and
Community & Services Day

10/07/17
Members Day - RSVP deadline extended plus
Former Ivatt Trust

05/07/17
Missing from home. a
Guide and Good News?

27/06/17
Days Out With Thomas
volunteer help needed.

21/06/17
A request for DVD player,
Photo sorter and a Spoon or Vacuum bits

17/06/17
Memorial List request
for information

06/06/17
Cornwall, Keys
and Jelly Beans

25/05/17
Hot New & Hottest Day
Plus Organising the Day

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 7/8/17

WE ARE ON THE RADIO!

  1. Following a Press Release for ‘Moving the Mail Day’ on Sunday 13th August, we were approached by Three Counties Radio - (our local radio station) to give an interview with Nick Coffer on his lunchtime programme at 1-30pm this coming Monday 7th August. He will be talking to TPO steward Ivor Rickard.

  2. Cyril Parsons will also be giving an interview on Wycombe Sound (106.6 FM) on their midmorning show - date to be confirmed, also aboutTravelling Post Offices

  3. I was interviewed by BBC World Service for a forthcoming piece about Buffer Depots on the programme "The Food Chain". The recording was done last Thursday though I don't yet know the broadcast date. I will be interested to hear which bits of the 45 minutes of recording appear in the 3 minute slot!

ARE YOU FORGETTING TO SIGN-IN ON ARRIVAL.

I noted tonight as I left the Centre that only 2 members had signed in yet there were around 6 of us there today. As mentioned before signing in is important as (1) the list produced will be used to check for you in case of an emergency and (2) it provides factual evidence of the numbers of volunteers on site each day and for how long. Cumulatively, the information is useful when answering the questions that arise on a grant application.

So, come on and sign in and out each time to you open (and shut) the gate, please.

Compiled by Tony Lyster
7.8.17

QUAINTON EMAIL LETTER 07.08.2017 - two in one day!

CYRIL ON THE RADIO

It has been confirmed by the radio station that TPO stalwart, Cyril Parsons, will be on the radio - Wycombe Sound - on Tuesday around 11.30am

I gather from Peter that today's broadcast with fellow TPO stalwart, Ivor Rickard, was about broadcast around an hour later than expected but it did go out.

For your information the press release that has sparked all this interest is shown below:

7 June 2017"

Compiled by Tony Lyster
7/8/17

PRESS RELEASE

"A recently completed diorama of the scene at Bridego Bridge of theGreat Train Robbery (GTR) of 1963 will be a highlight of this annual event being staged by the Travelling Post Office (TPO) Group at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton on Sunday, 13 August 2017 from 10.30 am.

The diorama has been added to the main GTR exhibition in the General Utility Vehicle (GUV). It includes a tableau showing a corner of the kitchen at Leatherslade Farm (the robbers’ hideout) as the police found it shortly after the robbery. A member of the gang plays Monopoly with ‘real’ money! Posters in the GUV provide details of and background to the robbery that was committed only 10½ miles from Quainton.

The Mail Rail Experience, part of The Postal Museum situated in central London, will be opening in September 2017 and the Museum is bringing its travelling exhibition about Mail Rail to Quainton for the event.

Between 1927 and 2003 the railway ran between Paddington railway station in west London and the Eastern District Post Office in Whitechapel. The Centre’s own Mail Rail car (No 803) that dates from 1930 and arrived at the Centre in 1983 will be on show across the footbridge in the Centre’s museum.

Two members of the TPO Group’s team of volunteers will be giving PowerPoint presentations. One will review the TPO carriages located at various heritage railway centres, while the other will explain the role in moving the UK’s mail of Railnet – a fully integrated national letter post distribution system inaugurated in 1996.

Since last season a number of displays in the Stowage Van about moving mail by rail have been up-dated; the Sorting Carriage appears as it was fitted out for sorting letters when it was working on the Great Western TPO running between London and Penzance. Posters explain some of the finer details of the service and visitors have the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at sorting letters.

In previous years former TPO staff have attended this event thus providing not only an opportunity for a reunion with their former colleagues but also for them to talk with visitors about their experiences of working on the service.

The Railway Centre that covers an area of some 25 acres includes the Rewley Road Station moved brick by brick from Oxford in 1999/2000 and an extensive collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Entrance fees to the Centre include free trains rides, admission to the Moving the Mail event and other features on the site. There is a small charge for rides on the site’s miniature railway. Hot and cold food and drinks are available in the Visitor Centre.

The Railway Centre is situated at Quainton Road Station, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, HP22 4BY, which is close to the A41 trunk road between Aylesbury and Bicester. The Centre is best approached from the Bicester side of Waddesdon – about 1 mile west of Waddesdon turn north and follow the brown tourist signs. For further information telephone

01296 655720 or go to the website www.bucksrailcentre.org