SAVE THE CHARLES CITY DEPOT!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MOVE A DEPOT!
The Depot must be moved or it will be destroyed.
The move will cost about $350,000
$180,000 has been raised so far.
A matching grant of $100,000 is available
We need an additional $64,000 to make this happen
Deadline is March 31 2021.
Phase 1: Move the Depot.
Phase 2: Restore the Depot.
Phase 3: Use the Depot as a Trailhead for the Charley Western Trailway, a Gateway into the new train museum, and as a space for small community gatherings.
OUR DONORS MAKING AN IMPACT
Here are some of the ways our donations will be memorialized!
THE THREE PHASES IN DETAIL
Here are some more details on the 3 phases of this project.
PHASE 1: MOVE THE DEPOT
Raise The Money by March 31, 2021
Commit to the Canadian Pacific that we have raised the money and are ready to take possession of and then move the depot.
Prepare the building to be moved
Prepare the new site with foundation and footings.
Make the move.
PHASE 2: RESTORE THE DEPOT
Research historic plans and photos as a basis for restoration.
Determine use of space.
Develop a restoration plan.
Start restoring in prioritized sub phases.
PHASE 3: USE THE DEPOT
Charley Western Trailway
Community Meeting Space
APTHM: WHAT WE DO
We have a lot of projects on our plate. Once the depot is moved we can look for grants to help us get it restored. Meanwhile we need to maintain and upgrade our existing tracks, buildings and passenger cars. Plans are under development for our eventual displays and telling the stories that accompany our equipment.
SAVE, MOVE, AND RESTORE THE CHARLES CITY MILWAUKEE ROAD DEPOT
It takes a village to move a Depot
This is a very large task.
· The move will cost about $350,000. This includes the move, excavation and a new
· The building is in structurally good condition with a new roof. It will need modern restrooms, new
Electrical, new Plumbing, new Air Conditioning and new Heating systems,
The timeline is tight. Canadian Pacific wants the depot off their property, one way or another, by March 31 2021. We can do this, but we need your help!
FIXING MUSEUM INFRASTRUCTURE
One Board at a Time
As volunteer time and resources allow we are improving the quality of our track and also making internal structural repairs and improvements to our 110 year old shop building.
We have recently removed part of one track in our yard off Grand Avenue and will be replacing the ties and some of the sub grade material.
The Shop building has seen some internal strengthening of rafters and rafter supports.
As with all old stuff it requires constant attention.
RESTORING OUR CARS
Breathing new life into old iron
The biggest struggle is to keep the cars weatherproof. Roofs and windows are the main way moisture can get in and destroy any original or restoration work we have done. We love these rust piles dearly and have spent many hours working on them.
“History does not repeat itself, But it often Rhymes”