New Train Campaign Update
A new train is coming!
We expect to reopen in May 2022! Stay tuned for exact Grant Opening date.
Total cost budget was $150,000, an amount we expected to raise from the community ($100,000) and using accumulated reserves set aside for capital improvements ($50,000). As a community, you far exceeded our expectations with over $161,000 in donations! In addition, we have a coalition of construction partners that are donating their expertise, guidance, labor and reduced material costs to improve the look of the Train station, build a covered platform, install the brick patio, and other improvements!
These construction coalition partners include:
Goldsboro Builders Supply
TA Loving Company
JSmith Civil, LLC
Wayne Electric Company
Smith Engineering and Design
Brian Jones Civil Engineering
As a result of the greater than expected donations and the donated labor, we will be able to make even more improvements than originally thought. We are in the design phases now.
See SUPPORTERS tab for the donors who made a New Train happen for children in Wayne County.
BRICK PATIO: In addition, so many citizens supported the project through purchase of over 700 personalized engraved bricks to install. The engraved bricks will arrive in early April. The total brick patio area will include over 7,000 bricks. We expect the brick patio installation to be completed in mid- to late April. Several sponsors have contributed "special bricks" that encourage children to learn to read better than ever. Of course, the patio is available whenever Herman Park is open. These sponsors include:
Goldsboro Pediatrics (Alphabet and Word Climbing Wall)
Southern Bank and Trust (Know Your Numbers)
TRAIN STATION UPGRADES: We are in the design phases of the upgrades to the train station itself. tand. We will need various approval from the Planning Commision and City of Goldsboro's Historic District Commission, as well as from the City Council. Therefore, it will be a few more months before this major renovation in completed. We may need to shut the train down temporarily (late summer) to do this phase of the upgrade.
NEW ART IN THE TUNNEL: Thanks to artists associated with the Arts Council of Wayne County, the penels in the tunnel are brand new! They feature the NC Mountains to Sea Trail, featuring animals from bears to turtles.
THE OLD TRAIN: The original 68-year-old train was sold by the City of Goldsboro on a government surplus equipment website in mid-February. Although we know the name of the winning bidder, we are not sure yet of their plans for the original train. We will create some Museum-type display panels as part of the new train station renovations to document and preserve the history of the original train.
We are excited about another almost 70 years of future miniature train operations at Herman Park and can’t wait for the community to see what you have done for the City of Goldsboro!
The Body of the NEW Train engine, almost ready to paint, at Swannee River Railroad Company, Lufkin, TX.
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