UPDATED May 2022
The Kiwanis Miniature Train is a Goldsboro legend. Since the Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro donated the train to the City of Goldsboro for use in Herman Park in 1955, the little engine and its two cars have carried families around the track every summer (except 2020, due to Covid epidemic).
It's a family tradition in Wayne County.
So far, our citizen campaign has raised more than we imagined possible, at $175,000. Our new train has been painted and will be picked up on May 12 in TEXAS by several Goldsboro Volunteers and trucked to Herman Park. The old train has been sold and moved to Vermont (see History tab). The 1st order of bricks has been received and will be installed in July/August.
The project's original goals:
1) $110,000 - NEW TRAIN, including travel & set up
2) $ 10,000 - NET BRICK PATIO COST (replacing concrete)
3) $ 30,000 - COVERED TRAIN PLATFORM (conceptual!)
$150,000 - Total costs
Initially, the goals beyond the new train itself were modest. A Coalition of local construction companies stepped up to volunteer their time and talent to do EVEN BETTER! Extra funds allow more than originally planned patio and platform cover. A new roof will cover the train's loading sidewalk and triple the size of the existing old concrete covered patio. Every dollar contributed is being used totally for these enhancements to create an even more memorable experience. We are so grateful! and proud to be a part of a community that would do this for youngest citizens.
Finally, several local businesses, led by Goldsboro Pediatrics & Southern Bank, contributed funds to incorporate "Literacy Bricks" in the patio to encourage young passengers to love letters and numbers, the foundation of reading. This is interactive fun for adults and children even when the train is asleep.
This new train experience will make family memories for the next almost 70 years! You have been so generous in making this update possible. Like the previous train, the City of Goldsboro will own the train (as part of Herman Park).
BRICKS CAN STILL BE ORDERED through midnight, Monday, July 5, the expected start of train station & patio construction. Got to Bricks Tab.
Kids are at the heart of our Kiwanis Club and all others around the world. This is what drives us to serve in this way (and we are so grateful for the hundreds of Kiwanians who have driven the train since 1955). Our club's goals:
1) helping families make laughter-filled memories of growing up in Goldsboro and visiting the train, and
2) giving local high school students opportunities to learn & use servant leadership skills (through Key Club sponsorship).
3) making lifelong friendships with like-minded people.
Our club welcomes community members to join us for service, fun and fellowship. Dates and times of Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro meetings are routinely publicized on our Facebook page.
Thanks for your Support of the City's train; all for the children and families that make Wayne County a great place to live.
THIS WAS OUR PLAN approved in August 2021 by the Goldsboro City Council.
The Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro has undertaken a project in honor of its 100th birthday to raise funds (to supplement set-aside funds from ticket sales for capital needs) to:
1. Replace the train with a modern replica that should last another 70 years.
2. Replace the concrete patio and sidewalks around the train station with long-lasting laser-engraved bricks.
3. Construct (if funds allow) a permanent train platform cover, to add to the fun of coming to Herman Park.