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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

See us at the Great Central Railway gala this weekend!

At the forthcoming Great Central Railway (GCR) winter steam gala this weekend, Mountsorrel Railway volunteers will be staffing a stand at Rothley station. Please come and see us!

We'll be there all day on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January should you like to find out more about the project. Look out for our banner! You'll be able to talk to the people involved, ask questions, see photos, and see a scale model of the proposed Bond Lane halt. On the Saturday you'll also be able to see restoration of the latest Mountsorrel Railway wagon taking place!

Additionally, if you visit us, you'll be in a prime spot to see the exciting line up of engines the GCR has arranged for the gala! And members of our sponsor charity Railway Vehicle Preservations will be on hand to show you round their latest restoration project in the Rothley carriage shed.

Rothley station is here:

View Route of Mountsorrel Railway in a larger map

For more about the gala, please see the video below:

We hope to see you there! For more information contact George Overton.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Loughborough University sponsors wagon restoration project!

Loughborough University has very kindly provided a £500 grant towards the restoration costs of the third replica Mountsorrel Granite Company wagon. We are very grateful for this support from the university in recognition of the educational opportunities offered by our fleet of historic wagons. Once track is laid on the Mountsorrel Railway, the project hopes to include the wagons in historical recreations on the rebuilt branch line. Some of these recreations involve educational projects with local primary schools, aimed at allowing our younger generation to experience and reenact scenes from a bygone age.

Our young volunteer wagon team has already been hard at work putting the grant to good use and the restoration of the wagon is well under way.

Loughborough University sponsor wagon restoration project

Volunteer Steve Cramp, who leads the project, comments "The public has been generous in their support for our historical wagon restoration project. This, coupled with a grant from East Midlands Airport for the signwriting costs, has allowed us to complete the first two wagons, but we were left with a funding gap to complete the third and final wagon. Loughborough University's very generous grant plugs that hole and allows us to complete the wagon restoration project and unlock the historical educational potential they hold. We hope to have the third wagon completed by the end of February".

For more information about the wagon restoration, or the wider Mountsorrel Railway project, please contact George Overton.
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