Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

WFRRM SEPTEMBER 2010 Newsletter

The online publication

Hello WFRRM members and friends. Welcome to the WFRRM September 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 September Newsletter. We are still having fun and going strong. Lots of events going on and the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum is making things happen.

"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 Members and Board Members. This Museum has accomplished things recently and has seen some very positive moves that it has never seen before. We are planning many more events which we will tell you about later. Well done gang!!!! We will continue to move Ahead too.

It was a great weekend at the Musuem Saturday, September 4th was probably the biggest day of the season so far. As the temperatures continue to cool, we will probably see more days like this one.

It appears that the "Dollar Per Person" entrance fee at the gate is proving a success and a much needed move for the Museum. Not one complaint have I heard since it was started over a year or so ago, and the folks are still putting money in the Donation Box. We're doing it right! We're Moving Ahead!

The Kiddie Train is still puting big smiles on the kiddos faces and again this Saturday, a two year old enjoyed the train ride so much, he didn't want to get off when the ride was finished. His Mommy picked him up, calmed him down and wiped all the tears away and told him, "We will come back again." He was Ok by the time they passed through the gates. (This is the very condensed version.) :-)

Be sure to tell Teresa Hi at the gift shop. She has been doing a great job at the museum with the gift shop, opening and closing and meeting & greeting the visitors.

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

This is from a camera in the rear locomotive on the head end, looking behind. It's scarey and the Tornado won. Some of you have seen this clip, but many haven't.

(Remember, you can right click and "save target as" in a Windows browser.)

I will be placing TRAIN VIDEOS here each month for your Newsletter enjoyment.
Let me know if you like them.

Today on September the 7th, the Inmates put in a long day Painting the Kiddie Train. The weather threatened rain and the overcast was a welcomed sight. It didn't rain and the painting continued till the end of the day.

A Big "Thank You" goes to Craig Martindale, owner of the "Taco Casa" at 2201 Southwest Parkway for the fantastic "dinner on the Diner" for all who helped today. The "Taco Casa" at the Southwest Parkway and Taft intersection has Bean Buritos, Tacos, and Frijoles starting at .99 cents each and all their dishes are perfectly seasoned. (Taco Casa also has many more delicious items.) Everyone went back to work after the great meal, full and happy.
We're Moving Ahead!

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

The New Kiddie Train is looking great and there is still more to go. The signs and lettering still need to go on at this time.

We gotta have Sponsors so we are placing our current sponsors signs along one side of the train for the T/O Fair since the other side of the train will be up against the wall.

We will have a volunteer or volunteers assigned to the Kiddie Train at the T/O Fair to promote the train and sell Sponsorships for it also.

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

The Stroll n Roll Museum Day was a huge success at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum. About 20 People on average were getting off the busses & trollys each time they stopped at the museum gates.

Charles Elmore helped a lot when he started routing the busses from as far as away as 2 blocks from the museum to the museum gates on 9th street. Some of the bus drivers were letting folks off the busses and they were having to walk a block and 2 blocks to get to the museum. Thanks Charles. It was smooth delivery and pick up after your help.

Artie Woods, Charles Elmore and Rusty engineered the Kiddie Train today. Bronna McNeeley was the Model Train operator in the Model Train car and did a great job all day. Teresa did her usuall good job in the gift shop prompting people to sign the guest book and selling gifts too. Mark Price and Joe Tom White welcomed the folks to the museum, visited with the visitors, hugged the babies, shook hands and passed out information.

September 9th Have I ever said, "You can never tell who may show up at the museum on a work day?" It's true. McGruff the Crime Dawg sent his owner, Artie Woods to the museum today to help out. Way to go Artie!!!! Come back again!!!

There is fun and enjoyment for everyone at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum.

Setting in the shade with a good breeze was certainly a welcomed break from painting as everybody had Arby's roast beef burgers from Melvin Richard's Arby's at 5th and Holliday. They could not have had a better picnic with piping hot roast beef burgers and cookies for desert. Water and sodas quenched their thirsts.

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 have fried pies 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 and we will have Cherry, Peach, Appricot, and Apple. 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.

Host A Train Car for Downtown Christmas Lights Celebration Your Friends, Your Club, Your Group, Your Classrom, Your Realtors, Your Squadron, or Your Oranization can host a Train Car or Locomotive in our most visible area for Christmas to place your signs inside and and outside the car you host and it is FREE!!!!

Here's what you do: You place your people inside and outside the car attracting visitors to your car. You Decorate your car inside and/or out the way you want it. This means Christmas lighting decorations, Christmas Music, Christmas anything, Your own Santa and Elves, or whatever. The car or locomotive must be decorated.

Christmas Displays in and on the train cars will be Judged November 20th. The winner will recieve a FREE Kiddie Train Sponsorship valued at $200.00 for the year 2011, with a sign on the Kiddy Train and signs on our website and in all Newsletters. (Yes, you get 24/7 exposure for your group or business.) 2nd place winner recieves a Year Membership to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum.

Decorating Days are limited to Saturday Afternoon, November 13th, which is the Saturday before the Downtown Lights Celebration and Saturday Afternoon, November 20 which is the day of the Celebration. All decorations must be removed by 4:00 pm on the following Saturday, November 27th during normal open hours, 12 noon to 4PM.

For questions, send a reply to the E-Mail where you recieved this Newsletter link.

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
Jim Hughes SOLD 3
Kenny Knox SOLD 2
Rusty SOLD 5
Charles Elmore SOLD 1
Bronna McNeeley SOLD 5

Results of Sponsorship Drive
Joe Tom White - Betty Parks of the Farmers Market
Kenny Knox - The Engine Tender

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.

This is our Newest Sign We also have our 1st ever Banner for the WFRRM and it was used at the Texas/Oklahoma Fair at our booth. This Sign is also the windows in the cupola of our caboose in the new Kiddie Train, and it's lighted as well. See more photos below.

The Texas/Oklahoma Fair was a Success! All went good at the T/O Fair and many Thanks to those who made it happen, Mark Price, Bronna McNeeley, Teresa Spencer, Rusty Jameson, Joe Tom White and all of the teens from Mrs. Renee Collier'a PALS/IB program for the volunteer help in the booth and at the new Kiddie Train.

We're still cleaning up everything at the Museum 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.

We will be painting the Motor cars (speeders) and associated rail vehicles next as well as the RAILWAY EXPRESS carts. If you would like to lend a hand at painting, let Rusty know and he will schedule it on another work day. Send an e-mail to wfrrm@hotmail.com .

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
Our Newsletters and Website are vital parts of the Museum. If you have any information for the newsletter or website, please contact me and I will consider it in the next newsletters, or on the website.

Please Remember........ It is very important when discussing the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum with anyone, that you give them our Website address: WFRRM.COM especially when discussing donations. This website shows we are very much in the Museum business and speaks very loud for the Museum.

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

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