Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

WFRRM JULY/AUGUST 2010 Newsletter

The online publication

Hello WFRRM members and friends. Welcome to the WFRRM JULY/August 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.

As it has turned out........, So much progress has been made, we are adding an extra "between months" newsletter this time. When there are lots of things happening, we have lots of news. Have I said, We're Moving Ahead" yet? We sure are, and proud to be making lots of progress at the museum.

We will probably continue to push ahead and work as hard as we are till about December when it starts getting extremely cold. By that time the season has fairly well ended and we will be wrapping up the year end with the excitement of the Downtown Lights Celebration which will be on November 20th.

Downtown Lights Celebration November 20th We will have at least one Kiddie Train in the parade that evening as well as festivities going on at the museum. Yes, food, Sodas, Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and we are going to attempt to get fried pies again this year. They were such a success year before last, folks were asking about the fried pies last year and we had not booked them because our fried pie man moved away. Now we know how big of a hit they made with everyone. If you would like to help out on the train this year with the celebration, please e-mail, call or make contact with us so we can get you a spot whether it be car sitting, serving coffee, hot chocolate, sodas, or some of the food. We will also need to decorate the trains inside and perhaps outside. If you would like to volunteer for any of this, ride in the kiddie train in the parade, or just help out at the museum, let us know. We will have more information as it gets closer.

Have you got some ideas for us this year. Maybe bring a Popcorn Machine and you serve fresh hot popcorn from a caboose? Have you got a Cotton Candy machine and willing to bring it and operate it? Got decorating ideas and want to do it? We will consider ideas.

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 July/August Newsletter. Lots of good things are happening at the Wichita Falls Railroad Nuseum. We have learned that the Inmates absolutely love coming to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum to work, get out in the sun and eat Non Jail food. Well fellas, we appreciate it too. These guys team up and get lots of work done. We are grateful for this program of the Wichita County Sheriff's Office.

Another "fund raiser" in the mill, is the possibility of selling tickets on perhaps a new Flat Screen Tv at each Gun & Knife show. With the broad interests of the attending audiences of the Gun & Knife show, a Television is something that the entire family could use and a popular household item. Other similar non-profit organization booths are collecting 2, 3, and 4 thousand dollars over the year with only 5 Gun & Knife shows each year with ONE DOLLAR tickets. The "We're Moving Ahead" WFRRM could use this!!!

"We're Moving Ahead" is exactly what we are doing these days. We are becoming The New and Improved Wichita Falls Railroad Museum because the current "team" is working hard to make many good things happen within the museum with the help of friends and Board Members. This Museum has accomplished things recently and has seen some very positive moves that it has never seen before. Well done gang!!!! We will continue to move Ahead too.

A membership goal of 100 and a Kiddy Train sponsorship goal of 15 were set. We still need averyones participation. Many have their 5 memberships turned in from the "Get 5 New Members Each" challenge. I for one can assure you it is easy. Hanging out in the Air Conditioned Gift Shop at the Museum on Saturdays really helps too.

National Museum Day is September 11th, Saturday. We need as many folks as we can get to help out at the museum. It's not work, it's just spending time around the visitors.

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

The Steam Train on track 3 is getting some much needed help. Two ramps to enter the Locomotive and the RPO car have been updated and one of them repainted.

Also the Memorabilia car is getting a new "Entry / Exit" ramp so the visitors will no longer need to walk all the way back to the steam engine where they entered, to exit. Visitors have indicated it would be nice to have an exit at the end of the walk. They are correct! Painting will be next and a special non skid paint will cover the ramp floor. The entry/exit will also serve two other purposes. One, being a security enhancement, where as anyone could walk into the car at any time. Two, it will make a Halfway point of entry or exit on the train when the Military Troop Sleeper car and BNSF caboose are finished and opened up for tours, which will be soon.

The BNSF caboose is almost ready and we have some new interest in the troop sleeper car from the local air base. This will be the first time in Years these 2 cars have been opened for tours. There will be More to see and more history. Remember, We're Moving Ahead.

A big hearty "Thank You" goes to Steve and Jimmy at Richards BBQ for the kind donation of Chopped BBQ Beef burgers, and chips meal furnished to the workers. The workers work hard and they eat good. Also thanks to Joe Tom White for engineering these tasks and transporting the meals!!! See? Benifits for all the workers.

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

Saturday 24th 2010 The museum was booming with visitors. About 75 people according to the sign in sheet. We heard nothing but bragging and compliments on the museum and what it had to offer. The only downside was the wasps and dirt dobbers, but a can of spray took care of that.

A special thanks go to Bob & Bronna McNeeley. Bronna is our Secretary and is a great help too. They have been keeping the museum open till we get a new regular Museum Keeper and Charles Elmore is working on that. Bronna and Bob have been really good to volunteer to help at the museum. You're doing a great job!!! We Thank You both!!! Bob was the engineer of the kiddie train this Saturday 24th of July. Job well done Bob!!! Bronna does an excellent job in the Gift Shop and making sure the folks sign in, answering questions and the telephone.

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

Texas/Oklahoma Fair In Wichita Falls - see Website - Lions Club Texas / Okla Fair and be sure to click on the 2008 photos and 2009 photos. You may just see someone you know. We will have a Wichita Falls Railroad Museum Booth where we will be selling railroad related gifts and Memberships. We are getting the new Kiddie Train ready for the fair and we will be selling sponsorships for it. We could still use a couple of volunteers. Thanks.

There is fun and enjoyment for everyone at the Texas/Oklahoma Fair.

Another Work Day, another meal, and much more progress. This work day we had Chopped Bar-B-Q beef burgers & chips thanks to the kindness of Joan and Alice Marie at Stanley's Bar-B-Q and we had "Dinner on the Diner". The air conditioning added comfort to the nostalgic atmosphere on the train and in the dining car. I heard several braggs and compliments too. Still...... "We're Moving Ahead."

The *Membership Drive is still On..... In the April meeting Charles Elmore set a goal of 100 NEW *members for the museum. In the June meeting, Rusty Challenged the board *members to come up with 5 *members. Thats $20.00 per *membership or $100.00 worth of *Memberships per Board Member.

A $20.00 *membership has the following benefits. Out of the $20.00 *membership, each person: Gets in the Entry Gate without paying the Gate Fee, rides the Kiddie Train for Free anytime, rides the Pump-Car for Free anytime, Visits the Model Train Car for Free anytime, and can go on Guided Tours Free anytime. Each *Member will recieve a *Membership card by snail mail and Newsletters via the internet.

*Definition of Membership: A head of household, 18 years of age or older, and each person living in the same home. Example - Dad, Mom & Kiddos of the same household. Or, an individual 18 years of age or older without immediate family.

Results of Membership Drive Joe Tom Anounced the Challenge made by Rusty on the Radio, "Talk Radio 1290 AM", and has been getting good results. Rusty has a Public Service Announcement that is on "BOB RADIO 100.9 FM". So far the tally looks like this:
Joe Tom White SOLD 5
Mark Price SOLD 5
Kenny Knox SOLD 1
Rusty SOLD 5
Charles Elmore SOLD 1
Bronna McNeeley SOLD 1

Kenny sends a Reminder to Board Members: Each of you that have sold Memberships, please mail in your money and applications to WFRRM, P O Box 4242, Wichita Falls Tx 76302 to get credit on the above list. Thanks. PLEASE NOTE: The information on the application has to be filled out in full WITH an E-Mail address so we can send the new members their newsletters.

Everybody can do this. Just ask one, and then another.

The membership drive will continue on till the end of the year. The Wichita Falls Railroad Museum Booth at the T/O Fair will be selling memberships as a fund raiser as well as selling gifts from the WFRRM Gift Shop and Kiddie Train Sponsorships.

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.

You can never tell who may show up with their work clothes on, but they do and we appreciate each of you who come to help and get to know the museum. Thank You, Charles Elmore.

The kiddie train progress is going great. It should start looking really good in the next few weeks. It will make it's new debut at the Texas/Oklahoma Fair as the "Red White & Blue Train".

We're cleaning up everything in an effort to make th Wichita Falls Railroad Museum look better and take on a new shine!
Theres still more to get cleaned up so we can paint when the weather starts to cool down. As for now, the cleaning up continues to move forward.

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.


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

From Newsletter Editor
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