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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Photos of wagons in action at recent GCR gala

Kinchley Lane

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Many thanks to Gareth Griffiths for taking these excellent photos.

More photos of the wagons from the gala are here (Rick Eborall) and here (Ian Loasby).

Monday, 22 March 2010

Final Mountsorrel wagon completed - all three to run at GCR gala!

The restoration of our three replica Mountsorrel Granite Company wagons is now complete. All three wagons have been marshalled together and they look truly fantastic!

All three replica Mountsorrel Granite wagons on display at the Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway will be including the wagons in a demonstration freight train at the 1960s gala this coming weekend (March 27th and 28th). It's great to see that even within only a few days of completion, the wagons are already satisfying the purpose of their restoration, which was to allow historical recreations. Once track laying on the Mountsorrel branch line gets under way (see our track appeal) this will open up an whole raft of historical and educational possibilities.

Third restored replica Mountsorrel Granite wagon

Come and see the wagons for yourself this coming weekend at the gala and be sure to visit our project stand on Rothley station (see map below). Our volunteers will be on hand to talk about the restoration and the wider project in general, and very attractive cardboard cut out models of the wagons will be on sale too!

View Route of Mountsorrel Railway in a larger map

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Third and final replica Mountsorrel Granite Company wagon nearly finished

Volunteers have been hard at work in at times very cold conditions over the winter to complete the final Mountsorrel Granite Company wagon to be used on the Mountsorrel Railway project.

Tuesday evening volunteers

Many young people have become involved with the final wagon including our team of teenage girls from the local area who volunteer on Tuesday evenings. Some have worked on the wagon as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award. Loughborough University has sponsored the restoration of the third wagon because of the involvement of young people and the educational benefits the wagons will bring. Once track is laid on the branch (see our track appeal) we will be able to unlock the educational possibilities of the project further still!

Tuesday evening girls hard at work

We give our thanks not only to our volunteers, but also to East Midlands Airport and Loughborough University for sponsoring the wagon restoration work, professional coach builder and sign writer John Robinson who has applied the livery to the three wagons, members of the public who have donated towards the wagon restoration, Nick Tinsley for allowing us to use three of his wagons for the project, and Railway Vehicle Preservations and the Great Central Railway (GCR) for their support.

Painting new floor planks on a cold Saturday morning

The livery should be completed by this coming weekend. We have something special planned for the livery of the final wagon, so be sure to check back soon for pictures of our completed work!

The livery goes on, the best is still to be added!

The GCR plans to run the three wagons together in a freight train at the forthcoming 1960s gala, which runs from March 25th to 28th. Our project display stand and volunteers will be on hand at Rothley station to talk about the project, so please come and see both us and the wagons!
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