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 Posted: Tue Apr 26th, 2011 08:35 pm
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In my small town of Thamesville, the original train station, built in 1910, by the Great Western Railway, is still standing. It was originally painted "box car red", but has be repainted a yellow colour. The station is at the moment falling apart, and I'd like to save it and turn it into a museum. I've also seen pics in books of this station and it is VERY NICE LOKKING, but you can't tell now.....Seeing as I've only convinced a small amount of adults to help, need help from a better source. So, I'd like to see what you guys think I should do. Here's some pics. (also, the foundation for the water tower is still in place, maybe replace could be built)
Also, my little town doesn't have much going for it...stores are closing faster than they open, people are moving away, we've lost our two largest factories, and there is not much sense of community in this town anymore. I'd like to get my town involved in something as a community project.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 27th, 2011 02:22 am
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For a young man you seen wise beyond your years!

Wanting to save that building is a great idea. Since you don't yet have a job (I am assuming) Could you get your parents interested in buying the station? The railroad just might be glad to get it off their hands. Just be sure that there are no restrictions in the deed that prevent  use of the building for anything that you might want to use it for in the future, including a residence. Since you are probably still a minor, your parents will have to be the ones to talk to the owners. Offer to take it off their hands for the cost of surveying and deed transfer, Be sure that the ground that is included includes any water supply (well?) and sewage disposal. If your folks aren't interested or able to help out- is there some other adult that you are friends with that might be in a position to?

I wish you success in this endeavor-- keep us informed.


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 Posted: Wed Apr 27th, 2011 12:39 pm
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Actually, Herb, I do have a job, but it doesn't make enough to buy the station. Also, I called the owner, a guy who runs a farm equipment dealer, and he said that he would find out a price. He also said "there's a lot of land there" so maybe the station has NO VALUE TO HIM! I am going to try to use donations to buy it, then fix it up into a museum, with a club layout in the basement. Are those good ideas?

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Your ideas for use are great, but donations are darn hard to get in todays economy.

If he said that a lot of land went with it, he probably wants a lot for the package, valuing it on the the $/acre in your area.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 28th, 2011 12:53 pm
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:!:Well, even though there is not much of a sense of community in Thamesville, there is with the businesses that have contact with the people of Thamesville, still are very friendly, even around 1/4 of the town never comes out of the shadows, the businesses are generous and I would be able to get quite a bit of money given. Also, there are many programs going on in Canada, I could get funding from the federal, provincial, and municipal government. That could be anywhere from $75,000 to $500,000, not kidding. I think that will be enough. I could also get into the Thamesville schools, and I might be able to get donations from the students and the school board. I could also get into the newspaper, probably on the front page from FREE! I could also get into the Ridgetown Independent, for a small amount of cash, if any. I could also have in large restarants and businesses in Chatham, along with other local towns, and have that thing were you put a dollar or a donation into a box, or you can ask, would you like to donate a $1 towards the Thamesville station bla bla bla...I could also try to get on CBC, CTV and A channel, and have advertising on the radio. I could also try to get donations from the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Womens League, the Florence Optimists, the Lasertoma, and the Sertoma, and the Odd fellows and Rebekas etc. Would that be enough?

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Go for it Tate!!


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 Posted: Thu Apr 28th, 2011 05:37 pm
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Thanks, I didn't have time this morning for it.

 

Also, I am going to call the owner again on friday, as he will have a price worked out. Also, I am going to get the Thamesville Historical Society into this, so that I will get them the funds, but they will watch the money, as I don't have a proper account. I am also going to see if I can go there on friday after school and go inside the building and take pictures.

I am also going to see if I can build a mini version of the station, put it on wheels, and wheels it around in the Thamesville Threshing Festival Parade, and get lots of danotions, along with some support, and have the phone number on the side, along with a thing asking for sponsers.

Also, the Thamesville Threshing Festival Parade is the longest running parade in ontario, which has been for several times, between 3 and 5 hours. That's a lot of tractors!

 

I am also going to try to get a job at the Thamesville Museum upstairs in our town hall. We haven't had anybody run it in 3 or 4 years, and, even though I am 13 years old, I have tons of knowledge of our town, and I am one of those go to people for information about our town. I know of just about any railway accostiated thing, along with the many floods that have stricken our town, I could go on forever.....:)

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Projects like this are always difficult. Interest to preserve but not enough to get a long term investment and it will take a long time and as soon as you get it done , it will be time to start over. Perhaps you could get a not for profit agency to house there perhaps one that would concern the youths. And they could get funding, you could have workshops teaching construction crafts. and keeping boys and girls off the streets. win-win all around, sounds like you have a direction all thought out. hard to get the ball rolling , after it is moving is much easier. once you get it started you will get lots of publicity and that should help. Good Luck

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I called the owner...He wants $80,000 for the station and acres property...time for fundraising!:glad:

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Perhaps you could look into forming a 'not for profit' trust. This may get tax deductable donations for a community use building. Do any of the organisations you mentioned have meeting rooms? Perhaps you could get their support in return for a share of the space. After all, once you obtain the building you will have continued maintainence and upkeep to consider. Also, as you planed to have a museum in the station, is there a local historical society you could get involved in your project?



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