by Andrew Rapacz

Stunning steam photographic calendar to raise cash for Great Central Railway ‘Bridge to the Future’ appeal

Published: 11th September 2014

Limited Edition Andrew Rapacz 2015 calendar produced to help fund GCR project

A regular contributor to magazines such as market-leading monthly title The Railway Magazine, Andrew Rapacz is particularly renowned for the amazing techniques he has developed for photographing steam locomotives at night, both in monochrome and colour.

The only obvious comparison for his work is that of legendary American photographer O. Winston Link who produced unforgettable – in many cases iconic – black and white images of 1950s steam in the United States and has been credited with helping to establish railway photography as a hobby.

Andrew Rapacz put the calendar together, donating his time and images for free, with the printing costs sponsored by Friends of the Great Central Main Line. All proceeds go directly to the Bridge to the Future appeal.

The result is 12 beautifully reproduced images offering a whole new way to see the GCR – a splendid recreation of a steam-era main line railway at night. Start from the front cover with its image of GWR ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II and be awestruck as the months pass by. Three images, copyright Andrew Rapacz, accompany this story to provide a taste of the delights you will find - but be quick, there is a strictly limited stock and once they are gone, they are gone.

The calendar costs £10.00 if purchased from Loughborough Central station Emporium. It is also available via mail order with an additional £4 payable for postage and packaging - email tom.ingall@gcrailway.co.uk for details.

For more details concerning the project, see http://www.rail.co.uk/rail-news/2014/gcr-unification-getting-closer/ .

Latest GCR reunification update

The latest news on progressing the reunification of the Great Central Railway and Great Central Railway (Nottingham) to the north is the undertaking of survey work on the disused Victorian bridge over the Grand Union canal in Loughborough. Specialist civil engineering consultancy XEIAD has examined the late 1890s structure to determine how much work will be required for it to carry steam-hauled trains again.

XEIAD sponsored the survey by providing two its of trained engineers for two days, work which would have otherwise cost tens of thousands of pounds. In addition to measuring and photographing the structure they were also able to use a pontoon on the canal to examine the underside of the bridge decks in detail.

They said:

Bill Ford, Managing Director of the Great Central Railway said, “We are extremely grateful to XEIAD. Their professional team have kick started the next phase of our exciting reunification project. The report they produce will help us draw up detailed plans to repair the bridge which in turn will allow us to cost the work and most importantly, get it underway!”

Olivier Garrigue, Chief Executive Officer of XEIAD said, “XEIAD are delighted to be among the many partners who actively support the redevelopment of the Great Central Railway project. We recently had the opportunity to inspect and assess the condition of the Canal Bridge and will continue to contribute in all ways we can. We found that the elements of the structure we inspected ranged from a fair condition to some requiring repairs but nothing that cannot be achieved if we all pull together.”

You can help make it happen

The reunification project is expected to cost £6.5million and a new bridge across Network Rail’s Midland Main Line must be completed before the line is electrified.

To donate to the Bridge appeal;

Send a cheque made payable to the David Clarke Railway Trust marked ‘Bridge Appeal’ to Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 1SL.

Or donate on line using a credit or debit card at www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

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