“The public, and tourists the Museum attracts will benefit from an improved visitor experience, as their distance from our impressive rolling stock collection of coaches, cabooses and engines will be significantly reduced”, says Executive Director, Dawn Miskelly, “They will finally get the up-close experience so many of them have been asking for.”
The total budget for the project is anticipated to be $654,250. The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will contribute $327,125 in matching funds to the project, and the Museum’s fundraising efforts and contributions towards the project are $147,250 to date. According to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, “Cultural spaces like the Elgin County Railway Museum bring people of all backgrounds together. By supporting the renovation of cultural infrastructure, we are creating jobs, strengthening communities, and putting arts and culture within reach of all Canadians.” The organization will actively continue fundraising the remaining $179,875 for the roof replacement through to its completion. Donations can be made through the Railway Museum’s Managed Fund at the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation, online at www.ecrm5700.org, or by calling or visiting the Railway Museum.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
About the Elgin County Railway Museum:
Established in 1988, and incorporated in 1989, the Elgin County Railway Museum is located in the historic 1913 Michigan Central Railroad Locomotive Shops at 225 Wellington Street, St. Thomas, Ontario. It is a not-for-profit, charitable organization with an elected Board of Directors, which welcomes more than 6,500 visitors annually. Hours: Saturdays 12-4pm, Victoria Day through Labour Day Tuesday to Sunday 10am–4pm. Admission: $7 per adult, $3 per child, under 3 years old are admitted free.
Article Source: Elgin County Railway Museum. Photo: Mike Vecchio, representing MP Karen Vecchio, visited the Elgin County Railway Museum to make the grant announcement with Jeremy Locke, President and Dawn Miskelly, Executive Director.