On the Radio and Moving the Mail press release

The late Margaret Nicholls
and Greater Security Awareness

Fire Engine Rally and
Community & Services Day

Members Day - RSVP deadline extended plus
Former Ivatt Trust

Missing from home. a
Guide and Good News?

Days Out With Thomas
volunteer help needed.

A request for DVD player,
Photo sorter and a Spoon or Vacuum bits

Memorial List request
for information

Cornwall, Keys
and Jelly Beans

Hot New & Hottest Day
Plus Organising the Day

A Big Shunt, News about Bev
plus Guides & Speakers

Seeking Employment &
being shortlisted

Big Thanks, Movements
School visits & Lost Lamps

Funeral arrangements for
Eric "Dusty" Miller

Thomas roster and
Locomotive lamps

Sad News reporting the death
of Eric (Dusty) Miller

Millom, Volunteers, Insulation
and a Rail Tour

A Cautionary Tale
plus more Work Week

Rostere, Emergency Event
Day and Work week

Site Security &
Work Week Lunches

Bits & Bobs, Work Week
plus PTS courses/renewals

Living History Fair, Vintage
Cinema and
Funeral arrangemetns for
Andrew Bratton

Sad News on the death
of Andrew Bratton

Schools visit help needed
and TWO opportunities

Hot News about "Defiant"
and "Cornwall" coming to us

A reminder, other News
and Events

News about Andrew Bratton

Work Week or Serving
on the Executive Committee

Hot meals, Interail passes
& Commercial Roster

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




This weekend sees the return of our traditional Bank Holiday weekend car rallies - Rover cars on Sunday and Pre-1978 Classic vehicles on the Monday. Volunteer help will be needed, please! This is followed the next weekend (2nd & 3rd September) by Days Out With Thomas and the Traction Engine Rally on 23rd & 24th September. Whilst I don't have the details I do know that there is an urgent need for footplate crews on these weekends - could you help us, please? If you can the Office will be delighted to hear from you on 01296 655 720


FREE TICKETS to Great Dorset Steam Fair!


FREE Great Dorset tickets - 2 left

The 2 complimentary tickets that each give FREE entry for one adult for one day to the Great Dorset Steam Fair were still available at 3pm yesterday, Wednesday 23rd. Someone just needs to collect them from the Admin Office!

Arguably, the greatest show on earth and certainly the largest, the show runs for 5 days starting today, Thursday 24th, through to Monday and are worth £22 each. There is no catch other than you need your own transport to get there and back from the showground at Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum, Dorset. Car parks open at 7 am, gates at 8 am, car parks close at 2 am. It is around 111 miles from Quainton, depending on route.

First come first served!

Compiled by Tony Lyster


The Centre has received 4 complimentary day tickets for this year's Great Dorset Steam Fair. 2 have gone, 2 await the first persons to arrive at the Admin Office in Rewley Road to collect them. They will NOT be posted - you MUST collect in person, not over the phone. They are only available to the first two members who turn up to collect them. Each is worth £22 being the on-the-day price (it was £5 less if pre-booked up to 2 weeks ago). When they're gone, they're gone!

Each complimentary ticket allows ONE ADULT free entry to the show site for any one of the days. The show opens on Thursday and ends on Monday.

If you haven't heard of the Great Dorset, arguably the World's biggest and greatest steam and country show, then the tickets will probably have been snapped up before you arrive at Quainton's Admin Office.

As a guide, according to Google Maps, the show is around 111 miles from Quainton depending on your route. Car parks open at 7am, gates at 8am. Their website is www.gdsf.co.uk.

BUFFER DEPOTS and the radio

Some weeks ago I put out an appeal, on QEL, for someone with knowledge of Buffer Depots as BBC Radio World Service were putting together a programme entitled "The Food Chain". No one came forward so when the BBC got in touch again I was "wheeled out". I spent a day at the National

Archives (NA) at Kew, West London looking up information. If you have never been to the NA I can thoroughly recommend it for research purposes. Go online and apply for a Reader's Ticket which lasts, I think, 5 years. Its a fairly painless system, the car parking is free and I got a decent light lunch for under a fiver. As befits a system allowing you and I to look at old documents there are methods and systems to follow but its clearly explained, online, in advance of your visit.

Suitably armed, I faced the microphone and answered questions posed by a pair of attractive ladies. We only got 2 hours notice of the broadcast.

The programme resulting from my interview, and with sizeable contributions from others is available here at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05bdb97 My part is at around 2.18 minutes to 5.03 in the 45 minute programme. It was an interesting afternoon and I learnt much about Buffer Depots though there is still lots to discover.


Our organiser of the secondhand bookshop, Tim Sawyer, is looking to expand the list of folk who can man the bookshop on open days. Its a popular venue with customers often coming a fair distance to browse the well stocked shelves - I spoke on Sunday to one couple who had come from Guildford. The job entails mainly sitting at the till in the comfortable chair and taking money from customers. There is no 'hard sell' to do and you are in the warm and dry. Next year the shop and its stock will have transferred to a brand new building which is approaching completion of its fitting out. This is a bit more spacious, is better lit, has a non drip ceiling and a floor that doesn't sag! This role might suit someone who is no longer as mobile as they used to be but who still wishes to help out. So, if you fancy a job out of the wind, the opportunity to browse some books whilst raising money then email Tim for more information on upperlakehall13@gmail.com

Compiled by Tony Lyster