More progress is being made on obtaining the variety of vintage and modern photography needed for the book – I’ve had some further conversations with local photographers Ceri Jones and Dave Hilling and secured some great pictures from the 1980’s through to the present for the Nantgarw – Tongwynlais portion of the book.
I also had a very nice meeting with Keith Jones and got to look through his extensive collection of photos and negatives, which will be immensely useful to the project.
Several print houses have been contacted to get a variety of quotes, so I have a much better idea of what the final print costings will be. I’ve also been looking into the postage costs as well, and I’ve been building the Kickstarter page with all this in mind.
The National Library of Scotland have come back to me with details for using some of their vintage OS maps, so that’s another key set of illustrations for showing the old route sorted.
I’ve also been in touch with the National Railway Museum, and isolated what are (I think) some photos of interest. However, I’ll need to go to York to view them, and as that’s at least a four hour drive away, I’ll wait until the book’s funding is confirmed before committing to that! Ironically, I cannot afford to use the train to get up there. Privatisation, eh? It’s BRILLIANT.
At the moment, I’m leaning toward launching the Kickstarter at the end of May. I’ve got some leaflets prepared to place in local libraries and museums, so hopefully between that, social media, this blog, and word-of-mouth, I can drum up the funds.