Industry: Museum / Themed
Number of Employees: 150+ (Five year projection)
Number of Volunteers: 245 (as of 06/15/13)
Bank: PNC Bank, Greenville, SC
Funding Sought: $500,000 PHASE I in cash
Total Project Cost PHASE I-V: $2.500,000
Use of Funds: Start-up Costs including Construction, Materials, Lease
Utilities, Advertising and Promotions for the first six months of pre
Location: Numerous locations have been reviewed for the
model train display / museum and have narrowed the choices down to
three locations that are still to be finalized. These are all located within
the the City of Greenville, SC and are not located in the downtown area.
These locations do not have any pedestrian traffic but have high volumes
of vehicle traffic and have easy access off either I-385 or I-85 as of
These locations have easy access for both out of town and locale visitors to locate
the venue and have plenty of free parking.
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perfect sense to locate the project in these areas and will aid the
city and county in adding additional tourism income.
However, anyone of these locations can not be finalized until the minimum funding
of new Miniature World of Trains(TM)
LLC have been received. The new location lease can not be signed until the
funding amount for the chosen location is received. Other non LLC member
funding is also
being solicited from cash and product non tax deductable donations to help
build and operate the Miniature World of Trains(TM)
will be accepted as well.
for amounts of start up funding needed
As a Themed Attraction and Museum, Miniature World of Trains(TM)
"Our World In Miniature" has been created to
provide a state of the art miniature (scaled model) representation of our
worlds infrastructure and cities.
Miniature World of Trains(TM)
will educate via our S.T.E.A.M. programs and entertain all
age groups with its sophisticated computer controlled and self activated
push button displays of our
world’s Transportation systems and infrastructures in miniature.
The miniature world (MWOT(TM)) will show the world's highways, small
towns and cities, railways including commuter, freight, passenger and High
Speed Rail, monorails and magnetic levitation systems, as well as water and air
transport systems. All will be modeled and automated. MWOT(TM)
realism and details and will emphasize our past, present and future use of
these infrastructures. How they have adapted with technology to provide
safer and energy-efficient systems. The miniature world will show how goods
are created using these transportation and manufacturing facilities, and
ultimately delivered to your local store or home.
plans are to partner with several corporations to provide a high
visibility venue to increase public awareness of their existing safety,
energy efficiency and emerging technologies. MWOT(TM)
will also host hobby
"Do It Yourself" (DIY) programs and promote existing safety programs such as
Operation Lifesaver, a national rail crossing safety program.
The Miniature World of Trains(TM)
(MWOT(TM)) will feature a
Museum of Transportation History once location and funding to house such a
display is found. It will feature prototype and scale models, as
well as interactive displays that will teach and entertain about the history
of transportation. Included in the museum will be vehicle and railroad
well as a toy train museum to complement MWOT(TM).
will have tenants that will be subletting space. They are
Blue Ridge Hobbies(R)
in the leased and future owned locations and others (TBA). These
operations will be an additional source of income and a great revenue
generator for MWOT(TM).
The catalyst for creating MWOT(TM)
is the financially successful Minatur
Wunderland exhibit in Hamburg, Germany started in 2000. Due to the capital
requirements involved in matching and exceeding the German enterprise
has formed the new Miniature World of Trains(TM)
LLC to facilitate to concept.
There are several commercial and museum model train displays
around the USA but most are located in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, Florida
and West Coast.
The upcountry of South Carolina has seen explosive growth due to its diverse
economy. Because of its climate many retirees have moved into the area. Our
initial research has provided funding interest over to help with the
construction start-up and model building. Our goal is to create an
attraction that overwhelms the senses and appeals to all age groups.
Introductory meetings have already occurred to partner with local and state
economic development and tourism bureaus during the earlier stages of the
Miniature World of Trains(TM)
concept creation from 2009 until today.
Within 100 miles of
Greenville, SC there exists the potential of 10 million visitors. O
is to reach 1 million visitors annually within 5 years.
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MWOT(TM) has been planned as a themed museum and attraction. It will
be built in phases over a minimum of 5 years. MWOT(TM) will be built to
grow and to accommodate 2,500+ visitors daily.
Modern energy efficient lighting, communications and audio systems will
transition the main exhibit, MWOT(TM),
from day to night operations, all in a climate controlled atmosphere for
maximum theatrical effect and enjoyment of all visitors
MWOT(TM) will feature numerous well lit displays throughout the museum area.
Guests will be able to comfortably view the exhibits or interact with the
systems and actually control some of the infrastructure in the displays.
Current plans also include prototype memorabilia exhibits in the museum with
plans to allow for emerging technologies exhibits in transportation and city
infrastructure systems as well as energy efficiency and generation as time
and space allow.
A corporate training and/or group meeting / activity room (DIY), a gift and
hobby shop and two restaurants to accommodate 100+ customers each are also
planned if space permits. The hobby shop and restaurants will be leased space to offset
Unique Technologies/Key Differentiators
Besides our main exhibit MWOT(TM), Blue Ridge Hobbies(R)
will open after our first phase of interior construction is completed while
the displays are still being created. This will allow retail store customers
to preview the displays as they are being constructed. As trains begin to
run and scenery begins to be completed, a preview admission will be charged
prior to the grand opening.
will incorporate many operating trains, vehicles, planes and ships that
will be interactive with museum guests. For the professional Transportation
worker or modeler there will be special sessions that will give them total
operational control at MWOT(TM)
or via our offsite interactive experience for businesses and schools.
It will be possible to use the MWOT(TM)
exhibit as a training tool emphasizing
safe operations of our various transportation infrastructures. Our goal is
for railroad dispatchers, engineers, conductors, truck drivers, automotive
highway design engineers, civil engineers, architects, construction
engineers, ship captains, dock workers, pilots, ground crews and air traffic
controllers to be able to test their skills of operation when interfacing
with each other. Also, the general public will be allowed to operate in the
if they are pre qualified in advance. MWOT(TM)
will not be the
typical and ordinary displays, they will be " A fun and educational
experience for the whole family"(TM)
"Where Ordinary Days Become Extroidinary"(TM).
Railroads were our world’s first entry in the industrial revolution’s
transportation infrastructure growth in the mid 1800s. Unlike most
commercial and museum model train displays, MWOT(TM)
trains in our exhibits in
are simply the foundation for expanding it to include all of our
current and future transportation systems.
Regionally, besides a few club displays, there are no commercial
displays planned to eventually attain a main exhibit size of 60,000 square
feet in 1:87 scale. Our goal is to be world class and the benchmark for this
type of attraction. Minatur Wunderland in Germany has an 17 year head start. Also. site visits to the following:
North Carolina Transportation Museum / Spencer Shops, Pennsylvania
State Railroad Museum in Strasburg, PA; Virginia Museum of Transportation,
the Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona, PA; the Union Pacific Museum in
Ogden, Utah; Enertrainment in Cincinnati, OH, Museum of Science and
Industry in Chicago, IL ,the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in California
and several large private displays have been completed.
How It Will Be Done
A Board of Advisors will be formed and currently recruiting
volunteer experts to assist MWOT(TM). Model Railroaders and others with
the talent need to create the project are contacting MWOT(TM) from
locally as well as around the US and Europe in order to build a reliable
exhibit, with minimal downtime.
In this respect we have the advantage of not
making the same mistakes in exhibit construction, operations and funding. Completion of Phase
I construction exhibits
are planned to take 6 to 9 months with a planned target opening date window
of PHASE I from Christmas 2017 to National Train Day 2018.
Plans are currently being drawn up for the project at each proposed location
so that when start up funding is received, we can move forward quickly.
Definition Of The Market
The Project will be located inside of the City of Greenville, SC.
The Greenville MSA is the most populated region in South Carolina with more
than 1.2 million residents and an annual growth rate of 10 percent from
2000 to 2007.
Greenville was included in America's 50 hottest cities per Expansion
Managements survey of national site consultants.
Greenville has the highest level of foreign capital investment per capita in the nation and
rated as a top area for European expansion in the United States, as
recognized by the New York Times, USA Today and Business Week.
Greenville has attracted more than $6 billion in new business investment and
43,000 new jobs during the past decade alone. To that point, BMW recently
announced a $750 million infusion to its Greenville operation.
4.8 million people visit Greenville annually and spend more than $780
MWOT will be strategically located near Downtown Greenville and
accessible from Interstate 85, the busiest interstate in the South,
Interstate 385 and Woodruff Road.
• I-385 - 86,000 Vehicles per Day (VPD)
• I-85 North of 385 - 110,800 VPD
• I-85 South of 385 - 97,400 VPD
Area Economic Development
Greenville is recognized as the economic center of South Carolina. It boasts
the highest level of foreign capital investment per capita in the nation
with more than 240 international firms from 23 nations located in Greenville
including BMW, Protera, Michelin, , General Electric, Hubbell Lighting and
Greenville County also serves as the retail hub of the Upstate with more
than $12.9 billion in retail sales annually and a 26% growth over the last
The Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson MSA was ranked seventh among all MSA's
by site consultants considering the top markets for economic development in
the millennium. Several major economic development projects are now underway
within a one-mile radius of MWOT along Greenville's Power Corridor.
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more information on why MWOT(TM)
should be located in Greenville, SC
MWOT(TM) is currently creating the ‘buzz’ for the project via any free
media outlets we can find. The MWOT(TM)
first appeared in an internet article from Model Retailer Magazine
in 2010 announcing the
project to the world. MWOT(TM) has also followed up with email updates to
the list of Blue Ridge Hobbies(R) customers as well as the official MWOT(TM)
and email list and
website, miniatureworldoftrains.com has been
updated daily as when. Some third party model railroad fans have already
created blogs on the internet about the project.
We will be promoting the MWOT(TM) project at all large regional train
shows with an 8 hour drive from Greenville, SC as well as time and funding
concept has been in the news
constantly in from 2010 to 2015 in Greenville /
Upstate South Carolina with media help from WYFF an NBC Affiliate, Greenville News a Gannett Affiliate, Associated Press, Greenville Journal, South Carolina Radio Network, WSPA a CBS Affiliate,
Fox Carolina a Fox Affiliate, Greenville Business Magazine as well as
many blogs, forums and Tweets. This will continue.
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Online merchandise will be for sale
online as well as at
the official store of MWOT(TM),
Blue Ridge Hobbies(R).
As opening day approaches, heavy marketing will be used in all model
railroad media as well as any ‘free’ avenues to market the project.
The Miniature World of Trains(TM)
LLC will create up to 150 paid jobs by year 5 of operations that will be
supported by volunteers.
CEO, President and General Manager