Just had a really exciting photograph mailed to me by Mike Thompson. It shows the new 'Stainmore Summit'' sign being cut today at the Hydram Factory up at Ferryhill. The quality looks amazing. This high technology certainly offers some advantages over the old methods - I wouldn't fancy having to have to cut out all those letters with the aid of only a pillar drill and a few cold steel chisels and bastard files! That is probably how they had to tackle it the first time around.
Seeing this in real steel at last makes me realise what a great project this is. Imagine seeing it of an evening as you come over the brow at the County Boundary and start to dip down into the valley into the westering sun. Even with the track gone it will make an impressive monument casting its shadow over the moor. We need a modern 'Poet Close' to place all this within the weft and warp of language ... I feel an Ozymandias Moment' coming on here ...
But let's not forget that is isn't paid for yet! We have raised enough now to get this initial work completed but we still have a way to go in terms of fundraising before we can actually get that sign cemented into the ground. If you haven't donated so far this would be a good time to do so.
Anyone generous enough to donate £10 or over will receive a special 'Stainmore 150' commemorative certificate acknowledging their valuable contribution to the re-birth of our railway over August Bank Holiday this year. Please make cheques payable to 'Stainmore Railway Company' and send to:
Stainmore Sign Appeal
Dr Sue Jones
Secretary to Stainmore Railway Company
1 West End