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.
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!
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.
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 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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The Mountsorrel Railway is part of the Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre. This website is no longer updated. For updates see: http://heritage-centre.co.uk/