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 the history of railways in media, this campaign is the first in many projects we are working to assist with. In November 2017, the large scale model of Lady was located in Southern California. 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. With the incredible assistance of the Thomas Fan Community, we were able to purchase the engine and transport her to a temporary facility! However, her journey is far from over…
Our goal is to restore Lady to her filmed state and then add her to our collection, making her available to see for the maximum amount of people possible. We are working with a restoration company that will restore her as originally designed. At Restore The Magic, we want to make sure our materials are properly cared for. This means giving items as much attention as possible as they come into our collection to make sure only minor cosmetic work will need to be performed over the remainder of the item’s life. Due to this, upfront costs for items are significantly higher than anticipated. In order to complete the job properly, the repair and restoration will total approximately $30,000.
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.
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. https://www.gofundme.com/RTM-Restore-Lady
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.
We are incredibly grateful to each and every donor on this list. We cannot Restore The Magic to Lady without you!