A 501c3 Non Profit Corporation
"Where Ordinary Days Become Extraordinary"
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e need you to donate now otherwise MWOT will truly disappear for good!

 

7 FALLS PARK DR
(FORMERLY WEST CAMPERDOWN WAY)
GRENVILLE SC 29601
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864-991-8347
 

Unfortunately the Miniature World of Trains has closed
and ceased operations as of July 4th, 2015.

While the BETA project in downtown Greenville was a test location for us and was always scheduled to close at some point after our
testing was over at the end of our lease in January 2015. We still consider what was accomplished a great success!

Close to 40,000 visitors from around the world visited the Miniature World of Trains BETA since we opened in late 2013 after just 14 months of operation. Even more would have come to MWOT with the marketing we where working on.

For example, we are part of the new South Carolina Tourism video for the Upstate. MWOT looked great! Check it out:  Click Here

The reason for the closing was not only the end of the lease term, but the lack of parking availability in the West End / Falls Park area of downtown Greenville. While we knew parking was going to be a challenge in this area, the closing of the River Place Garage to the general public, Rhett and River Street Surface Parking Lot, new construction that has just started on two sides of our downtown venue, did not look good for future attendance. It was already slowing due only to the parking issues.

Starting in November 2014 we began working on a move to a new location with our current landlord. While the building was certainly large enough to allow MWOT to grow over the next 10 years, the location, though only two blocks away from the current venue, needed the help from the City of Greenville to help you, find the new location.

The Calvin St property was not in a well traveled area and not really visible from US29 / Church St. It was not in a high vehicle or pedestrian traffic area. We tried to get the city to allow us to have traffic and pedestrian directional signage in 11 key locations in the downtown area, but they did not approve our request.

We began a search for a new home in June for just the Christmas Display and / or the entire MWOT project but have to been able to secure a new location at this time. So it has been decided that instead of spending the cash assets we currently have at what will become a much harder location for our visitors to be able to park and visit us in the short term, and since we can not find a new venue to house the Miniature World of Trains.

We need to vacate the Falls Park by the end of July.

If you know of a location that we can move to, with parking and reasonable rent, we be glad to stay! But for now,
 the Miniature World of Trains, though a great concept, is leaving the station for the last time!

However, as of this update on 07/27/14 a great location with over 20,000sf is available (see base floor plan  Click Here ). But in order  to get this space we need an additional $80,000 in cash to secure it for a long term lease that we allow us to build at four phases of the Miniature World of Trains as we have envisioned.

To due this we need you to donate now otherwise MWOT will truly disappear for good!

Via Our Secure Webiste

OR MAIL A CHECK TO:

MINIATURE WORLD OF TRAINS
7 FALLS PARK DR
GREENVILLE, SC 29601

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HERE'S SOME MORE INFO FROM OUR LATEST EMAIL BLAST:
(as of 07/27/15 6am)
 

 THE MINIATURE WORLD OF TRAINS
IS "SITTING ON A SIDING
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While initially we had a great start to the fundraising on Friday and early Saturday, we are stuck on a fundraising "siding" right now.

The "dispatcher" wants to move us to the largest siding possible but it can not be done without your cash tax deductible donation to the Miniature World of Trains.

Here are the locations ("sidings") again! 


1 - BEST FIT FOR US -
The old Office Depot space on Wade Hampton which is 20,000sf and is enough to house up to four phases of the MWOT project for 7 to 12 years!

Here is the base space floor plan UPDATED 07/27/15 5am


2- BACK UP PLAN -

This location is the old Golf Headquarters and will be a short term lease to house the Christmas Display and the Donated Custom Model Railroad Display for the 2015 holiday season. We would be there for just three months and then would have to move. Hopefully to option 1 if it where still available and there was enough net revenue generated to make the move to the old office depot. The problem with this is the lost time and additional moving around of the entire museums assets again.


3- THE WORST CASE -

This one would mean we just spend all of the cast reserves we have while trying to raise funds for a move. We would store all of the items in about a 2,000sf space for no more than 6 months. Without a great cash infusion from somewhere, we would have to begin selling off the assets and the MWOT Museum would for all intents be gone for good. Not what we want. 


HERE IS WHERE WE ARE AT  6am Monday July 27th
 

We have to move all of the Miniature World of Trains
out of the downtown location by the end of this week.

We are working with the owners of each location choice above get this move started and completed in 7 days!

Everything is packed and ready to move.

 

WE STILL NEED TO HIT THE
GOAL OF $80,000 IN CASH
Where almost a quarter of the way there!
 

What has been raised so far in 66 hours,
We put the email out to all and within just over a day we have
received $16,860.00 towards the $80,000 we need!   

$63,140.00 to go!

It is all tax deductible!

Most donations are still averaging $100.00 each.
 

Again, thanks to all that have participated!

   

What this means is that we have option 2 below within our grasp!
We would like not to move twice and move to option 1 this week!
BUT WE CAN ONLY DO THIS WITH YOUR DONATION!

Again, this is a quick fundraiser so that we can move into a new location with 20,000 square feet by this time next week! 

We where not expecting to need to due this but because the owner at the Haywood Mall / Woods Crossing location pulled out of the deal 6 days ago because he felt the our  from March 2014 / June 2015  visitor count of 40,000 with parking problems in downtown Greenville would overwhelm his parking lot and effect his other tenants.
 
If we can not get the required cash that the building owners are requiring, then we will have to move into a smaller building for the 2015 holiday. Something we would prefer not to do!  


If we can not get the cash, then what happened in 2011 will happen again! Back then we negotiated a lease for the old Sam's Club on Laurens Rd for 15 years for just $25,000 per month for 135,000sf! It was a killer deal! All we needed was $168,000 in cash then to secure our future back then. Imagine, a 135,000sf of model trains, museum, real prototype equipment, restaurants and retail. We do not want this current opportunity of 20,000sf to pass us by this time as the old Sam's Club did back in 2012.    

  

We need everyone on our email list to send in something
via our secure website:


We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover

Checks can be mailed to:
Miniature World of Trains
7 Falls Park Dr
Greenville, SC 29601  

 
We have 12,000 people on our email list so we need a lot of
donations to get us to the $80,000. This is how for example:

  

 We only need
Everyone to donate $5.00 each =$60,000
OR
800 people to donate $100 each =$80,000
OR
1600 people to donate $50 each =$80,000
OR 

3200 people to donate $25 each =$80,000
OR

6666 people to donate $12 each =$80,000
OR  

some combination of cash donations to get to the $80,000 now
so that we can get the move completed and be open for the holidays!

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Thanks for everyone's support of the Miniature World of Trains since we started back in 2009!

We will miss you all if we can not get the funds needed!