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Piedmont Railroad Museum & Library, Inc.

About Our Museum

Introduction

The objective of the Piedmont Railroad Museum & Library, Inc. is the preservation of the rich railroad history of the Central and Coastal Piedmont Regions of the State of North Carolina.

Read about our plans to Preserve the Past, Educate the Present, and Build the Future, and the benefits of our Museum.

The site will be named the Piedmont Model Railroad Park


The Museum will provide a family-oriented attraction where visitors can leisurely explore the inside museum exhibits and displays, then ride a narrow gauge train, and enjoy the outdoor play and picnic areas. These play and picnic areas will include covered picnic tables with grills, child-sized buildings with a Thomas the Tank Engine theme, vending machines and restrooms. The Museum will become "THE" attraction for the Triangle area of North Carolina.

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Preserving the Past

Preserve and display historical railroad items, including:

  • Motive power, freight and passenger cars, and other rolling stock
  • Railroad-related artifacts and antiques

Focus on the railroads that served the Piedmont including:

  • Original Norfolk Southern
  • Seaboard Air Line
  • Southern
  • Durham and Southern

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Educating the Present

Railroad-related interactive and educational displays:

  • Locomotive Cab Simulator
  • Constantly Changing Displays
  • How Locomotives Operate
  • Dynamic displays focused on artifacts, historic documents and special collections

Library with search materials and search capabilitiesy.

Meeting space to allow community presentations on railroad safety (Operation Lifesaver) and Boy Scout Merit Badge classes.


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Building the Future

Attract younger people to the hobby of model railroading by providing a forum for building scale model railroad displays:

  • HO and N Scale Model Train Layouts
  • LGB Model Train Layout (outdoors)
  • Narrow Gauge Riding Trains (outdoors)
  • Visiting Layouts

Provide space to teach and share information on model railroading.

  • Classes on model railroading, detailing, painting, and maintenance
  • Classes on layout construction, scenery, trackwork, and wiring.

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Benefits
of
The Piedmont Model Railroad Park
  • Provides attractions and activities for families
  • Expand participation in the hobby of model railroading
  • Preserves the history of railroads in the Piedmont region
  • Provides educational programs for area schools
  • Create a uniqueTriangel tourist attraction
  • Provides jobs for museum staff and pays taxes
  • Participate in Nature Conservancy (N.C. Land Trust)
  • Provide support to other Non-Profit organizations (future)

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What Makes the Piedmont Model Railroad Park
Different?

The outdoor family activities, including the riding train and picnic areas, plus the model railroads and library differentiate the PRM&L from other "railroad museums"


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Site Requirements

Objectives:

  • Location: convenient, easy to get to, good roads.
  • Size: 10 to 100+acres
  • Condition: natural and wooded; farmland acceptable
  • Terrain: Reasonably flat; moderate slopes acceptable

The site will be primarily left natural, and be developed only to the extent necessary to accommodate the buildings, parking areas and access roads, the narrow gauge train track, walking trails, and the play and picnic areas. We will strive to maintain 70% of the land in it’s natural state for all our visitors to enjoy.

Future consideration will be given to construct and operate 7-1/2” scale riding trains, commonly known as “Live-Steam” as well as a fully operational 2 foot narrow gauge train.

Farming plots will be included in the overall operation.


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Building Requirements

In order of construction, we would build:

  • Train Shed: Narrow Gauge prototype locomotive and passenger car storage/maintenance; 2 floors, main floor for smaller railroad exhibits, 2nd floor will house the museum display workshop and artifact storage.

  • Train Stations within the recreational areas to support administrative supervision and maintenance over the activity area.

  • Main Building: 87,500 SF model train layouts (HO and N scales), visiting layouts, interactive exhibits, library, meeting space with kitchenette, gift store, admin office space and restrooms.

  • Future expansion: building with be situated on site such that space exists to construct a second train shed to the right of the main museum building, for additional train exhibits or for inclusion of other transportation modes (such as automobiles and/or motorcycles)


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Park Funding Priority

In order of importance:

  • Land purchase with or without buildings
  • Develop displays and train layouts
  • Construct "Live Steam" system
  • Constructions of a 32000 SF Train Shed Building
  • Build/purchase narrow gauge train
  • Construct recreational area(s)
  • Construct main museum building

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Funding

Initially seeking $1 Million in funding. Projected budgets will be:

  • $400,000 — Land and building – possibly a small farm with approximately 10 acres

  • $200,000 — Train Shed – Live Steam storage and repair facility

  • $200,000 — Site work – road and parking lot creation

  • $ 50,000 — Building improvements to original site building

  • $ 75,000 — “Live Steam” equipment and rail laying

  • $ 75,000 — 2 year operating budget

For a corporate donor the PRM&L would work with the corporation's accounting department to ensure controlled and timely disbursements of funds, with monthly or quarterly reviews, to ensure correct and proper use of the donor's funds.

The Museum is projected to open its door for business approximately 3 months after site purchase and issue of all necessary permits.


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Proposed Site Plan

Proposed Site Plan

All buildings, activity areas and track location are approximate. Locations will dependent on land topography and lot boundaries.

  • Site acquisition with existing building

  • Build Interactive N, HO, and O Scale Layouts

  • Start Garden Layout


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Interactive Model Train Layouts

Model Layout Example

  • Garden Layout

  • O Scale

  • HO Scale

  • N Scale

Enjoy a leisurely stroll throughout the facility enjoying the various scale layouts we will have. Interactive action scenes which you can operate will be located throughout the layout exhibits


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Proposed Site Plan

Aite Plan 2

Live Steam Train Storage


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Interactive Model Train Layouts

Model Layout Example

  • Garden Layout

  • O Scale

  • HO Scale

  • N Scale

Enjoy a leisurely stroll throughout the facility enjoying the various scale layouts we will have. Interactive action scenes which you can operate will be located throughout the layout exhibits


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Live Steam

Riding Live Steam
Live Steam 2

Visit Take a Ride

Take a ride on the “Live Steam” 7-1/2” train network through our woods, villages and fields.


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Proposed Site Plan

Proposed Site Plan 3

Narrow Gauge Railroad


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Narrow Gauge Railroad

Narrow Gauge Railroad

Ride inside or outside

Enjoy a ride inside our coach or ride in our open top passenger cars.  See the park in comfort. See the creation of our recreational sites, picnic areas and various interlocking trails throughout our park.


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Proposed Site Plan

Proposed Site Plan 4

Recreation Area #1


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Picnic Shelters

Picnic Shelters

Picnic Shelters will be available in various sizes for

  • Family Gatherings

  • Birthday Parties

  • Reunions

  • Corporate Events


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Proposed Site Plan

Proposed Site PLan 5

Additional Recreation Area


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Children's Village

Children's Village 1

Children's Village 2 Children's Village 3

Examples of Play Village structures


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Proposed Site Plan

Museum and Train Shed


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Contributions

Now you can help the Piedmont Railroad Museum and Library to become a reality!
 

  • Support in creating the "Piedmont Model Railroad Park"

  • Donation to support the purchase of land

  • Provide introductions to prospective contributors


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Last updated: Tuesday August 16, 2016

 

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