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QUAD ARTS SET APPEAL


The Quad Arts are unusual in that 'normal' carriages have bogies (wheels) at each corner and are individual units. However these are unique in that, as their name implies, the carriages are 'articulated' so that each coach in the four coach set shares a common bogie with the adjoining coach: so the 'set' of four coaches has only five bogies rather than the more normal eight. The only other train that operates within the UK with this configuration is the 'Eurostar' whose manufacturer claimed that the design was a great leap forward. Obviously they were unaware that in 1923 coaches were built in the UK using the same design!
By the time you read this the Quad Arts will be at Carnforth beginning their two-year restoration. Having sat at Holt for almost a generation it was decided last February that in the wake of the success with the Heritage Lottery Fund with both Sheringham station and the B12, an application should be made for the Quad Arts. With organizations like the HLF it is only half the battle to identify a worthwhile cause, the other half is to qualify as an organization responsible enough to run an HLF aided project. Sheringham Community Paper


Due to our recent record, half the job was already done and therefore all our energies were put into demonstrating that the train was important enough to be worthy of a grant. Our cause was considerably helped by the National Railway Museum in York which had done a point scoring exercise on all the coaching stock in preservation, numbering now in the thousands. In an order of importance of stock requiring restoration the Quad Arts came out as Number 1, scoring over double the number of points of the vehicle that was second. (Continued on page 6)


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