We had another cracking day on Saturday with over 25 volunteers attending the work party, including three Loughborough University students. Work was done to clear the line of sight to the signal at the Great Central Railway junction, as locos will approach the junction around a curve. As well as the clearance work a survey team of volunteers was also plotting a new curve alignment.
Watercolour prints to go on sale
Below is a low resolution version of a superb watercolour painted for the project by local artist John Cramp.
Appropriately entitled The Way Forward, the painting indicates what we are working towards, and also signifies that the painting's creation might hopefully help us to raise the funds to get there!
The painting shows Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank engine Elizabeth, bringing her rake of Mountsorrel granite wagons through the Wood Lane bridge on their way to the Great Central Railway.
Elizabeth is the only steam loco to have worked on the Mountsorrel Railway that still survives. Currently under restoration at the Rutland Railway Museum by its owner, a local resident, we hope that Elizabeth will visit the restored branch line to recreate this scene.
We don't currently have a firm price for the prints as we are investigating what costs we will incur in creating them.
However, to give you some idea, we hope to offer the prints in up to three sizes, and priced appropriately so they are affordable by everyone.
Each print will be signed by the artist, and will be numbered as part of a limited edition run of 100 or less.
Each print would come with a mount and in a cellophane sleeve. If buyers want their print sent by post we can do this at an added cost. In addition to this we may also look at providing frames for an additional cost if people want this.
To register your interest for a print please e-mail George Overton.
The project featured on the BBC Radio Leicester breakfast show this morning and our third anniversary was mentioned in several news bulletins.
The four minute interview between DJ Ben Jackson and project coordinator Steve Cramp can be heard by going to the following page of the BBC iPlayer; the interview is just after the 41 minute mark.
Additionally the Loughborough Echo kindly continues to give the project excellent coverage most weeks.
Short survey online until 1st November
We'd like to know your thoughts about a handful of things to do with the Mountsorrel Railway project. It shouldn't take more than a minute for you to fill in this online survey. The survey closes Monday 1st November midnight GMT.
Please remember that at any time we're grateful for your thoughts and opinions about the work. To get in touch please e-mail George Overton.
Your support is much appreciated. Thank you
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