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Images below are from the BETA Test version of the MWOT that operated from
2013 until 2015 and was created with the talents of our team of creative volunteers from around the world.
The test displays where designed by CEO and  General Manager Frank Ruby.

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2018 / 2019

2019

02/26/19

We have been busy in the background working on the funding of MWOT™ for the first phase of the project. We are hoping and are currently working with some of the top model railroad manufacturers seeking there monetary investment in MWOT™. The industry support is crucial to the success of  MWOT. We should know something within the next 60 days! What has been purposed from the manufacturers looks promising!


02/25/19

Letter Of Intent has been submitted to the landlord about the leasing of the project location. Once the terms have been agreed to we can move forward.


02/01/19

New GoFundMe Fundraising page now live!
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01/29/19

New Pre Construction Images from the interior of the leased location just added.
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City of Greenville leased location feasibility study information just added
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01/29/19 Let The Fundraising Begin!

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

01/29/19

SUBJECT: The New Miniature World of Trainsä

Greenville, SC - In the works since the closing of the non profit BETA Test location in 2015, the new for profit Miniature World of Trainsä announces a new larger version of the large interactive model railroad display.

The new for profit LLC is seeking investors for the $2M project that will be located in a very central location with easy access, free parking, handicap accessibility and will be fully climate controlled.

Investors, both large and small, are welcomed to participate in helping fund the for profit project scheduled to open with the NEW Christmas Model Train Displayä in November 2019 and the new Miniature World of Trainsä display early 2020. The are three other displays planned for the 14,000sf location that will be built over the next four to five years making a total of 5 displays!

The New Miniature World of Trainsä main display will feature a large city and mountain area that reaches 9 feet tall! There will be over 100 computerized trains in HO Scale running on the display, thousands of miniature people, tree and vehicles along with interactive buttons to operate some of the trains, industries and whimsical scenes located throughout the display.

Also, the NEW Christmas Model Train Displayä will have all new O Scale trains running all year long in the North Pole themed display.

The Miniature World of Trainsä concept was created and developed by former non profit Executive Director and President Frank Ruby back in 2010. The non profit BEAT Test in downtown Greenville, SC generated over 80,000 visitors from around despite the huge parking issues in the Falls Park area.

The new location will feature a total of 5 highly detailed displays, retail model train store and two party / conference rooms that will be available to rent. Also, the MWOTä project will have hands on experiences and Do It Yourself classes along with educational S.T.E.A.M programs.

While at this time we can not divulge the location, the lease has been negotiated and the project is awaiting funding.

Please help us get the word out about this great opportunity for people to invest in a proven family themed entertainment alternative in Greenville, South Carolina

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Contact: Frank Ruby
Email: FCRuby@hotmail.com
FCRuby@miniatureworldoftrains.com
Phone: 864 255 4671 Corporate Office @ Blue Ridge Hobbies
 

Address: Miniature World of Trains
Corporate Office
2327 N Pleasantburg Dr Ste H
Greenville SC 29609

Website: www.MiniatureWorldofTrains.com


01/27/19 New fundraising video uploaded to YouTube. Visit the MWOT YouTube channel click here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOOTCz_V35sKRR8FogvCFTQ


01/25/19 The first fund raising packages have been sent to potential investors to help fund the initial $2M needed for the 14,000sf Lease/Purchase location in Greenville, SC.


01/15/19 Meeting at the proposed new leased venue with the city to review the proposed plan for the building went well today. The proposed changes and updates to the building are within the parameters and needs for this location. Next step is to receive the letter of requirements for this location from the city which should happen within the next week.


01/10/19 Updated MWOT™ Phase I display track plan has been completed.


01/07/19 Meeting today with the project general contractor and architect at proposed leased location. The meeting concerned egress and fir protection issues. The team will need to meet with the city regarding this in the next week.


2018

12/15/18 The new MWOT POP UP
™ continues to move forward for a 2019 opening of the new Christmas Model Train Display™ and maybe some of the new Miniature World of Trains™ display, but at this point, MWOT
™ is scheduled for an April 2020 opening.

I met with the General Contractor for the project about revisions to the interior of the building to help facilitate the needs of the project, and at this point, all looks good.

My intent is to have a total of 3 displays operating by 2021 and another by 2023 inside this new location!

The new MWOT
™ Display will be featuring some new technology never before seen, at this point, on a Western Hemisphere Display of this type. The new MWOT™ track plan has just about been  finalized. Once I have approval from the city regarding the interior changes to the building, we should be able to move forward quickly.

I am looking for investors for the new Miniature World of Trains for a cash infusion of $2,000,000 to complete PHASE I of the project. Based on attendance numbers from the old downtown BETA location there should be no issues with making a profit!

Join the MWOT
™ Team as an investor or a volunteer today!


12/07/18 - The MWOT™ has found a new home for the next 5 to 7 years! The owner is willing to work with the project much like the owner of the downtown location. The lease still needs to be signed of course but there are several items that need to be discussed with the city, our general contractor, plus launching the $2M funding program that is needed to move the new LLC forward.

The major players to help build the new, what we are calling "MWOT Pop Up
™" and "Miniature World of Trains Pop Up™" are still on board in helping develop the new technologies .  The reason for new name is temporary location to build interest in the concept while moving toward building a permanent 35,000 to 60,000sf location in Greenville.

With the site migration to the new server, the Volunteer Sign, Donation / Invest and Email Sign Up pages are currently not functioning properly.


12/01/18 - The MWOT™ website was offline for the last 30 days as we migrated to site to a new, faster server.

In a couple of days the push to get the new Miniature World of Trains
™ funded in full will begin. Based on the attendance numbers from the BETA test location in downtown, a new location will make a lot of money with a highly visible location with free parking!

Since the location we wanted to build at seems to be out of reach right now, I am looking at a leased location for the next version of MWOT
™ I will be visiting the property on Monday 12/3 and will pass on information from that visit with the next update.

For what information I have right now the location looks very good and the building owners seems to be on board with what the project intent is. Much like the owners of the downtown location.

The project will be a for profit LLC with a good amount of parking in a central location with easy access for visitors from around the region and the world. The building has great handicap access, is heated and air conditioned and is very appealing building. Rent is reasonable as well, much like the BETA test location.

The original Phase I cost of the project proposed cost was $1.5M but costs have increased now to about $2M to get Phase I started so investors will be needed. The BETA test cost about $500K to build.

The new Miniature World of Trains
™ will completely new with new features never before seen before on any model train display anywhere in the world to the best of our knowledge.


11/25/18  - After an bit of an illness in September that did not allow much work on the project in September and early October plus a week vacation in October that took me out of the country doing research for MWOT, the MWOT website is back online.


08/15/18 - I have started to move the website to a new server.


08/10/18 - We received a counter offer from the property owner increasing the asking price by double what we where originally told. So as of now, this location is off the table.


07/31/18 - We made an offer on the proposed location for the new to be built from scratch location and are awaiting the reponse from the property owner.


07/28/18 -The reboot of the Miniature World of Trains™ project is moving along at this point. While I still can not give specifics on the location and the project yet, what I can tell you is this.  The new 501c3 paperwork is in process, the Letter Of Intent and offer has been made for the land. The owner of the land may donate it but we are still planning on purchasing it. We have the basic layout of the buildings for the display and retail / restaurant areas from the General Contractor. The retail / restaurant and ticketing area (RRT) will feature a minimum 60ft tower that will make it the tallest structure in the area! Also, we have met with and are still meeting with several banks regarding the overall funding of Phase I of the project which is at $6,700,000 at this point. Phase I of the Miniature World of Trains™  will have never before seen technology used to help create "Our World In Miniature"™!

Work has already begun at the property in preparation for the start of construction of the project to start in the first quarter of 2019 with parts of PHASE I of the Miniature World of Trains
™  to start construction offsite to help speed up the process. This will include the 2019 Christmas Model Train Display™ as well!


07/19/18 Updates from the special effects team and the project architect due next week so phase I design can begin.


07/18/18 Water infrastructure improvements have begun at the preferred location.


07/12/18 Rob Neilson is an advisor and Director of Business Development at Fusion Commercial AV has joined as an advisor on our special effects teamWhile not a model railroader, Rob has extensive knowledge in audio / visual equipment and is helping the special effects team create new and exciting sensory effects at the Miniature World of Trains™


07/09/18 Meeting with professional special effects team went well today. The team will be creating some of the over the top special effects for PHASE I  and beyond.


07/02/18 More infrastructure information on the new location. Piedmont Natural gas has sent us an estimate to get a new gas line to the property. YIKES -- almost $200K!.


06/26/18 Meeting today with Greenville Water. New 12" high pressure line to be installed on property with estimated completing time 4th Quarter 2018 and new water tap for the new building. We are awaiting word from RE-WA about the sewer line tap and the availability of natural gas for this location as of this update. Development of the day / night lighting has began and a meeting and potential design for the first phase building has begun with the general contractor.


06/25/18 - Meeting with the property owner went will. J


06/25/18 - Meeting with the property owner went will. Just a few other items on infrastructure to figure out now. ust a few other items on infrastructure to figure out now.


06/24/18 It has been decided that the internal team will build most of the PHASE I  display. However, the Phase I city (currently at 4' x 40' in size)
will be built by a professional model building team.


06/15/18 - We will be meeting with the property owner in just over one week to start to finalize the sale of the land to us! We are getting closer and closer to the dream being built!


06/14/18 - Today we received word the Duke Energy has power available at the new location which is great news. Still unknown at this time is whether there is availability of natural gas, phone / internet, water and sewer available at this location. We can always go wireless for the phone and internet so that is not a push, but sewer and water are critical. Once this information is obtained we can move forward faster.


06/07/18 - Today we received some costs that will need to be incurred at the new location from the SCDOT and Charter Communications for internet service. SCDOT upgraded intersection will have an estimated cost of $100,000 and to add internet to the property will cost $30,000! We are still awaiting cost on electric, gas, water and sewer. But we are still moving forward as we are awaiting a generalized cost of the first phase building.


06/01/18 - The property we have been after for going on 3 years is available so we are moving forward to get this location secured.
MWOT is now contacting the proper city, county and state authorities, electric, gas, water and internet access providers to make sure the property is accessible for all infrastructure services. This should take a couple of weeks to confirm.

 

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