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EMAIL LETTER 29.09.2017
GALA - SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER
Colin Ashman put this in the QRS Members only section of Facebook
was spent shunting the Up Yard with Adrian Aylward and Vickie
Aylward ready for this Sunday's Gala.
still need another steam driver and a relief Guard to ensure the day
you are available, please contact the office."
tells me that we are steaming 5 steam locomotives - you will have to
come over to see which ones..!
call the Office on 01296 655 720 if you can help with the crewing.
visitors to the Down Yard will be aware that our 16 inch Hunslet,
Arthur, of 1953 has been extremely thoroughly stripped down. The
frames are on workshop trolley wheels awaiting shot blasting next
week for which an area has been created between the buildings. The
boiler (under the yellow A frame) has had its smokebox and front tube
plate removed ready for a new tube plate - the white paint marks are
the result of ultrasonic testing to determine metal thickness and
wasting. The wheels are outside awaiting their turn. The horn guides
are going through the machine shop having their faces ground to
remove the rust pitting caused by years of inactivity.
a new frame stretcher was delivered by a local contractor which
marks the start of Arthur's rebuild as a Thomas look a like.
YOU GIVE A LIFT, PLEASE?
Shen, a new member, is looking for a lift, please. Chris lives in
the Tring area and can get to Aylesbury by bus but the buses to
Quainton are infrequent at best... Chris is training as one of our
Guards but doesn't drive and so needs a lift on Wednesdays and the
odd weekend. He can meet in Exchange Street or by the old Royal Bucks Hospital.
can be contacted by email or by mobile by contacting the office,
(01296 655720), for these details but he asks that you text
initially, please, in case he is in a meeting.
vacancy has arisen for a Coordinator of Pixies.
role is relatively straight forward with a definite and finite end
to it (Christmas Eve) and it can bring pleasure and job satisfaction
in bucket fulls.
principle task is to recruit a number of local boys & girls to
act as assistants (pixies) to our Santa as he visits every child on
the train. Over the years most of our pixies have come from Quainton
village and work very happily, in pairs, dragging the sacks of gifts
up and down the train. In reality most children from the year before
are only too eager to do it again until they suddenly reach that
magic age when it is no longer "cool", usually around 13 or
14 though it can be 16. You need to create a Roster and be on hand
each day (or have a deputy who can) to ensure they turn up for duty,
on time, know where the loos are, what they are doing, etc. You also
need to be around during the day in case of sudden sickness (it has
happened) and to monitor their progress.
previous encumbent has created a file of information and past
records to assist you and is still around to offer guidance and
advice as needed but wont breathe down your neck!
with an interest is asked to contact the admin Office, in the first
instance, on 01296 655 720 to discuss it further. Ask for Sarah
of Department and others that may need to know are reminded that the
press date deadline for our glossy house journal, Quainton News, is
30th September - that's tomorrow!