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Our Donors making an Impact
Here are some of the ways donations will be memorialized!
Jim Smith $100K Match
Double your Impact?!
For every dollar donated since October 2020, Jim Smith's $100k matching fund made an equivalent donation. That means, if you donated $50, Jim Smith's Match donated an additional $50. Thank you to donors like you who helped us meet Jim's full $100k Match for Phase 1 of the Depot Project!
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 (Complete!)
Commit to the Canadian Pacific that we have raised the money and are ready to take possession of and then move the depot. (Complete!)
Prepare the building to be moved (Currently in Progress)
Prepare the new site with foundation and footings. (Currently in Progress)
Make the move. (Estimated for September)
Phase 2: Restore The Depot
Research historic plans and photos as a basis for restoration.
Determine use of space.
Develop a restoration plan.
Research and Apply for Grants.
Phase 2 Fund Raising efforts.
Start restoring in prioritized sub phases.
Phase 3: Enjoy the Depot
Charley Western Trailway!
Community Meeting Space!
Rail Museum tours and special events!
Make life-long memories!
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.
· We did it! We've raised $353,000 to move the Depot! Stay tuned for updates and starting renovations in Phase 2!
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 the tracks 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 historic relics, they require 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.
Railway artifacts, local pieces of history, and more!
Want to see what other artifacts and antiques we have? Browse Our Collection by clicking the link below! We have a wide array of material and items ranging from historic pieces of Charles City and regional railway history as well as research and historical documents around passenger trains and equipment.
“History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes”