Restore The Magic is the leader of the official Thomas and the Magic Railroad: The Lost Edition Campaign. As part of our mission to restore and preserve props, costumes, and other items relating to railways in media, our team is currently under a massive undertaking: restoring the lost engine, Lady! We need your assistance!
The screen used large scale model of Lady has been recently located! In the alternate universe-type story, Lady (voiced by Britt Allcroft) is a magical engine that connects the worlds of Shining Time and the Island of Sodor. Our goal is to purchase the engine, tranport her to the proper facilities, and assist in her restoration process. Lady currently resides in Southern California and will need proper care and transportation to a restoration facility currently to be determined. Our team is in contact with various Railway Restoration facilities acrosss the US and UK and will determine which of the facilities is best suited for Lady to call her new home.
Restore The Magic is on its way to becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! This is very exciting news for us and will allow us to reach a larger potential within the organization.
With your assistance and support, we have been able to reach our first two goals of purchasing Lady and relocating her to a proper facility! We are not finished yet. The restoration for the engine is going to cost close to $30,000 to return her to screen condition. Although we greatly appreciate the support of our fans, our organization does not expect this entire cost to come from our supporters and individual patrons. We are already collecting applications for grants to apply for as soon as we hear back from the IRS. However, if you are inclined to make a further donation to assist us in reaching our goal quicker, please remember that no amount is too small. Every single donation counts and will assist us in reaching our goal. With your help, we can return Lady to her magic railroad.
Our priority is to find Lady a new home where she can be visited by everyone. Restore The Magic is seeking oppotunities to be able to bring Lady to fans across the world. At this time, details are being discussed. All information will be documented so fans and donors can follow the process of Lady's restoration to her magic railroad. Her beautiful purple and gold livery will once again sparkle as it did nearly 20 years ago.
About Thomas and the Magic Railroad: Released in 2000, Thomas and the Magic Railroad stars Peter Fonda, Mara Wilson, and Alec Baldwin. The film was theatrically released to mixed-negative reviews and did not return on investment as predicted. Unfair blame and harsh criticism was placed on the movie’s Director and Writer, Britt Allcroft (Creator of the Television Series), in terms of the story’s writing style and structure. Seven years later, it was discovered through several leaked scripts that there were huge edits made, including character eliminations, plot points abandoned, and several recasting in voice actors, prior to the movie being theatrically released. This was due to a very poor test audience screening in the United States. From there, producers and studio executives decided to make these major edits against the will of the creative team behind the motion picture. Over the last several years, fans have united to show their support in discovering the lost footage and restoring the magic to Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
About Restore The Magic: Restore The Magic is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization educating people around the world about the international history of train engines in media. Restore The Magic embraces the history of the train engine through prop and costume restoration and bring these items to the maximum amount of people possible through traveling and permanent exhibitions, live and web-based interactive educational programs geared towards a wide variety of ages, and partnerships with various nonprofits. For more information, please visit ww.RestoreTheMagic.org
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