A 501c3 Non Profit
"Where Ordinary Days
We need you to
donate now otherwise
MWOT will truly
disappear for good!
7 FALLS PARK DR
WEST CAMPERDOWN WAY)
Unfortunately the Miniature World of Trains
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
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
For example, we are part of the new South Carolina Tourism video
for the Upstate. MWOT looked great! Check it out:
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
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
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
We need to vacate the Falls Park by the end of
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!
of this update on 07/27/14 a great location with over 20,000sf
is available (see base floor plan
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
7 FALLS PARK DR
GREENVILLE, SC 29601
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"
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
Here are the locations ("sidings") again!
1 - BEST FIT FOR
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
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
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
We are working with the owners of each location
choice above get this move started and completed in
Everything is packed and ready to move.
WE STILL NEED TO
GOAL OF $80,000
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
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
We need everyone on our email list to send in
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
800 people to donate $100 each =$80,000
1600 people to donate $50 each =$80,000
3200 people to donate $25 each =$80,000
6666 people to donate $12 each =$80,000
some combination of cash donations to get to the
so that we can get the move completed and be
open for the holidays!
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!