Save the LRC (Light, Rapid, Comfortable) for the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre Good day to all my friends in the UK and the members of National Preservation. I debated posting this in the Toronto Railway Heritage Updates thread or in a new one, and settled on a new one because of the importance of the campaign just launched on the weekend. Many of you won't know what the LRC is, but if you ride on any modern Bombardier High Speed Trains with tilt, its the forerunner of all those trains which have made Bombardier a leader in rail technology. The LRC or "Light, Rapid, Comfortable" was designed in the late 1970's and entered service with VIA Rail Canada in 1981 as a replacement for ageing equipment in the Quebec City to Windsor Corridor in Ontario and Quebec. The trains were capable of 125mph but were limited to 100mph in service. The LRC Locomotives served VIA Rail for 20 years until 2001, and the LRC coaches live on as the main stock on the QC-Windsor Corridor and are going through a mid-life refurbishment to get another 20+ years of service out of them. More on the LRC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LRC_(train) TRHA Members inspecting VIA Rail 6917 at the TMC in April 2010 The campaign is that we need to raise $40,000CDN (Approx 25,000UK Pounds) by August of this year to complete the purchase of LRC#6917 from VIA Rail, and another $110,000 (approx 70,000UK Pounds) by next summer (2011) to complete the move to the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre and the restoration of the LRC. Unit 6917 has been in long term store in Toronto at the VIA Toronto Maintenance Centre, and is capable of a relatively straightforward return to operation. The Campaign Website for more information about our appeal, the LRC and the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre is here, if any UK diesel enthusiasts have a few quid to spare, please consider helping to save a bit of Canada's railway heritage as well: http://www.savethelrc.org/ As with any campaign, we have incentives for those who give as follows: * $100 (65UK): An exclusive LRC pin * $250 (160UK): An exclusive LRC baseball cap and pin * $500 (320UK): A $100 VIA Rail Canada gift card * $1000 (640UK): A $100 VIA Rail Canada gift card and two exclusive Rapido Trains Inc. LRC coach models (a $140 value) * $2000 (1280UK): A $200 VIA Rail Canada gift card and a free Rapido Trains Inc. model of 6917 (a $400 value) Also, for sale for $400 (260UK) is a limited release Rapido Trains model of VIA 6917 with proceeds going towards the purchase of 6917. Thanks for your time and interest!!