Kid’s room under construction A handicap ramp Something for all ages
______________________________________________________________________________ SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION
THE ONLEY TRAIN STATION
VOL. 2, NO. 1 ONLEY, VIRGINIA October 1st, 2014
Thanks to the very generous grants from the Town of Onley, the Eastern Shore Community Foundation, Wal-Mart, the Tom E. Dailey Foundation, the United Way Campaign, and the strong contributions from our members, we continue to turn this sweet station into the jewel in Onley’s crown. Much remains to be done, but we have come a long way since our last newsletter.
With the enthusiastic help of our board and other members, we have now completed the inside of the original station. Three train layouts are up and running in “O” , “HO” and “N” gauge in a beautiful heated and air conditioned space with wall paintings and scenery enhancing the trains.
Laying HO Track Placing scenery A busy Saturday Measuring
A 12 X 22 foot addition has been added to the south end of the station. This 264 square foot addition provides a multiple purpose space for the 3-8 year old children to play with Brio wooden trains and listen to train adventure stories as well as serve as a small local meeting place. An ADA compliant bathroom is almost complete with only the plumbing fixtures and the flooring left to install. The bathroom has a diaper changing station, a toilet with handicap bars and a sink and mirror. Insulation under the main building still remains to be done as does scheduling of the classes and finishing the scenery on the layouts.
We are very excited to be so close to finishing the construction. We will be holding an open house on November 8th to celebrate and hosting the Santa Train on December 6th.
We are currently talking to the local preschools, elementary, middle and high schools to organize field trips and see if we can help teach American Railroad history to the students. We also want to hold electrical classes and scenery classes to help those interested in building their own layouts. We are looking forward to working with scouting groups and many of our members are Certified Merit Badge Counselors.
We will have open Play with Trains Night when we will be open to the general Public, and will schedule outings for Senior Groups, Church Groups, and Nursing Homes.
As always, we will be open for Santa Train again this year. Mark it on your calendar for Saturday, December 6th. The train usually gets to the Station a little after 2 PM.
Trains inside and out!
It was worth the wait to see Santa and the Trains
Please come and see what six years of work and your generous donations have accomplished. If you are not a member, please consider visiting and joining our Crew. We think you and your children will want to come back again and again.