Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

WFRRM DECEMBER 2010 Newsletter

The online publication

Hello WFRRM members and friends. Welcome to the WFRRM December 2010 Online Newsletter.

This online publication is our way of keeping in touch with our members & friends and an attempt at getting more of our friends to join the fun at the museum. wfrrm@hotmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: Save the Newsletter address above (URL), of this Newsletter and you can go back and view it or show it to someone else at any time. We keep them on the server.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

Welcome to the December Newsletter. We are slowing down for the Winter months as it has certainly turned cold. Our momentum will still be going strong behind the scenes as we prepare for the Spring and Summer seasons.

"We're Moving Ahead" We are The New and Improved Wichita Falls Railroad Museum because the current "team" will be working and planning to make many good things happen at the Museum for the 2011 seasons. This Museum has accomplished things recently and has seen some very positive moves that it has never seen before in its history.

The Cleaning has paid off! The Museum has never looked better. It took a complete 6 months and many man hours to do it, but it was done and it looks great now.

Of course, all this clean-up would not have been possible without the Wichita County Sherriff's Department and their Inmate Work Program. Thank You Sherriff David Duke and the Program.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

Train Video of the month

The above video is from "The Railroad Museum of Oklahoma" in Enid Oklahoma and is a recording from Ron Stahl and KSWO TV, Channel 7, several years ago. It's interesting to see what other Railroad Museums have to offer, such as excursion trains, different operating hours & such.

Today, I called this Railroad Museum and Frank "Watermellon" Campbell answered the phone. He was more than happy to visit about Railroading and their Museum and was a really nice guy to visit with.

They have 43 pieces of rolling stock including 4 speeders. They give excursion rides to the next town, several times each year, in ten cabooses between two diesel locomotives. They also give rides within the museum grounds on a "Speeder and a trailering vehicle" frequently too.

I am a believer when he says they have more Memorabilia than any other museum in america and he gave numbers. They have anything from railroad china to silver serving dishes to railroad money before the federal government made money.

Before Frank had to leave to go to an appointment, he said they had more trouble getting members than anything else, and that they had a little over one hundred members.


Their website.............. MUSEUM OF OKLAHOMA

Here are just a few shots for this month. We will get back to work at hand once the weather gets nice and warm.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

2010 Kiddie Train Sponsorship
Here's the rundown on sponsorships:

A SPONSORSHIP gives you (1) a custom "sign" on our Kiddie Train with your logo and name, (2) A clickable sign on the Sponsorship page Linked directly to YOUR WEBSITE for more 24/7 exposure, (3) a sign in each of our newsletters, (4) a sign in our banner ads on the main page of the wfrrm website, and (5) a membership to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum.

Each Sponsorship is $200.00 per year. Anyone wanting a $1000.00 sponsorship will get one extra sign for a total of six (6) signs per year. A $3000.00 sponsorship will sponsor an entire Kiddie Train Car. You may have as many sponsorships as you want.

Our Kiddie Train will be highly visible giving rides throughout the year at parades, promotional events, downtown celebrations, outdoor shows such as car shows, and Grand Openings downtown. The Kiddy Train will also be giving rides at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum as well as being on display at the museum for all to see.

Sponsorship money can be mailed to the Museum too at WFRRM, P. O. Box 4242, Wichita Falls Texas 76308. Be sure to label it Sponsorship.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

NEW Photos on the website See the new photos on the website under Museum Photo Tour. I plan to update the website after the Hollidays with more photos from the Museum.

The next few Newsletters will be pretty slim since not many things are happening at the Museum during the Winter Season. However, I will make some kind of attempt at some news, photos and videos.

In the meanwhile........ Merry Christmas to all.

A few more photos of the Downtown Lights Celebration A lot of planning and preperation went into this event. The photos above are just extra nite shots. Thank you for attending, and we will see you at the next event!!!!

There is fun and enjoyment for everyone at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum. Be a Volunteer!

Restaurants and Cafe's........

If you would like to donate meals to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum "We're Moving Ahead" program, please contact Joe Tom White at 692-3766 for assistance. The "We're moving ahead" program utilizes Inmates from the Wichita County Sheriff's Office "Work Program", our Board Members, Deputy's, volunteers and museum members for manpower in painting, cleaning, mowing and general labor. These folks work hard and appreciate a good meal. You prepare it, we pick it up and deliver it.

If you make your charitable contribution or donation of meals, you too will get a customized ad in our newsletters with your logo, slogan & etc. You can make a great difference in the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum by helping others to feed the folks who work hard for the museum.

See the ad's below of the contributors who have been proud to sponsor such events. Your ad can show up here too!!! Subs... BBQ... Tacos... Hamburgers... Chicken... Dosen't matter.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

Kenny has asked that if you see something that needs some attention at the museum, "don't send a message to him", just come on down & pitch in and give us a hand. He says we need more of our members being active participants even if you can't stay long. Don't be shy, We would love to see you there.

Browse our Website: WFRRM.COM

Lots of folks are having fun at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum.

From Newsletter Editor
Sorry for the delay with Decembers Newsletter. It seems that this month has been a busy one for everybody. Santa slowed me down!

Since there was not much going on at the museum in December, Kenny closed the museum for two Saturdays, one of the Christmas weekend and the other of the New Years Day in an effort to save expenses with so little activity from visitors in the cold. Temperature was pretty much 40 degrees and below anyway, which is our "cut-off" mark. We will be open as weather allows through the next few cold months, and going strong again as it warms. Still, we will be working behind the scenes to "Move Ahead".

E-Mail me at wfrrm(at)hotmail.com

Electronic Information/Newsletter editor

Have A Wonderful New Year !