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 Posted: Sun May 1st, 2011 02:17 pm
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I find your desire, and your ambition in this project absolutely amazing!

While I am not in a position to help with money, if I lived within a reasonable distance of Thamesville I would be there with a hammer and saw to help if you did acquire the station.

If you can make all this happen at the age of thirteen, there will be no stopping you later in life.

Far too many young people in this country are not even able to put a dozen words together to make a coherent sentence. I think that you could write a convincing proposal to save the station--which I sincerely hope that you can.

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 Posted: Sun May 1st, 2011 09:21 pm
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mosslake1 wrote: 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?Yes there is a historical society, and they do have space, a massive room which serves as there museum, and they also have a meeting room which they use, but so does the guy that reprsents our area in the Chatham Kent government. Maybe I could go o him to get grants. But how do you start an organization? I know it's probably easy, but I got nothing...Also, the Chatham Kent Railway Museum haven't been open to the public in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time, much like the Thamesville Museum, which I am going to try to get a job at. Those guys would mostlikely try to move the station to there little pad, or wouldn't want anything to do with it. I am also going to put up reward signs for any photos of the inside of the station for originality's sake. Also, I will thy to turn it into a park, but then It wouldn't be original...but there isn't much you can do for that. Maybe you could have a train show, set up some really big tents, and have some train guys bring their layouts to it...I know the one in Kinmount Ontario has a museum and layout up stairs, and they charge a farmer's market to use the basement. I also would want Canadian Pacific 2816 to stop by, that would be really neat...but then again, it is Canadian National tracks, drats...who knows, maybe you guys have some more ideas...

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 Posted: Sun May 1st, 2011 10:05 pm
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One way to raise money is to sell memorial brickk to rebuild the platform or approach, you would have different catagories costing different amounts. say $100000 for living memorial, down to $100.00 for family memorial. You get a sign guy to air-etch the names into the brick. perhaps you could build a wall around it with replicas fa├žsards of historical town or region buildings or a miniature golf of scale models of these buildings. or even a replica of how the town used to look in the age of steam.:2t::Salute: good luck, our hat is off to you , keep us informed.

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 Posted: Sun May 1st, 2011 10:08 pm
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also check with your librarian, he or she would know of information to start a trust or non-profit - perhaps has the forms and access to books about the process.

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 Posted: Sun May 1st, 2011 10:11 pm
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One way to raise money is to sell memorial brick to rebuild the platform or approach, you would have different categories costing different amounts. say $100000 for living memorial, down to $100.00 for family memorial. You get a sign guy to air-etch the names into the brick. perhaps you could build a wall around it with replicas fa├žsards of historical town or region buildings or a miniature golf of scale models of these buildings. or even a replica of how the town used to look in the age of steam.:2t::Salute: good luck, our hat is off to you , keep us informed.

O-boy, do you mean when someone donates, They get there name on the platform? I don't know about that, but I have other Ideas,

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Have been workin hard lately. Have newspaper article writen, and have made facebook page, and will have a meeting about it upstairs in the thamesville town hall next weekend, and am going to get the Thamesville historical society on board. it has water, hydro, and natural gas, but need to be turned on. Will go and see it soon to inspect condition.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 21st, 2011 03:00 am
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Also, I talked to the owner, and he says if I don't do anything it will be torn down, if it doesn't fall down first, he also says I have first dibs.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 24th, 2011 01:15 am
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I visited the station today, and it is in better condition than I expected, and also a lot smaller too.The basement walls are made of rail ties, with cook hooks that are rail spikes and the beams are long pieces of track. Took pictures and will show you later today. Half of it is completely original, but the other half has been redone, I will see if I can find some old pictures and make it completely original. Has a huge attic, and my idea of building a train layout in the basement won't work, much too small. So Her are the pictures. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.183643441706228.42664.180803181990254&saved

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 Posted: Wed Aug 24th, 2011 01:33 am
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Herb Kephart wrote: 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.

Herb  :old dude:
Ya, donations will be a little bit on teh side from local businesses, (which I know they will give, cause they do for the town festival every year) but I will be able to get grants with the help of the Thamesville Historical Society

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 Posted: Wed Aug 24th, 2011 05:25 pm
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Tate..........when your raising funds you should first ascertain the condition of the building, starting with the foundation and it must be solid and in good shape to sustain it for many more years. That means no leaks thru the foundation walls.

From what i can see in your pictures, to preserve the building it will be necessary to attack the building roof because water leakage thru that worn roof will cause much serious damage inside. So its extremely important to get the roof repaired properly. Get that done and the walls of the building looks good.

Other than local vandals breaking in & doing damage or setting the place on fire , also squaters possibly using it as a flop house and setting fires to keep warm this winter.

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