Fall family fun 2012: Medina Railroad

Sep 10, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Examiner.com

The Medina Railroad Museum , located at 530 West Ave. in Medina, has a number of fall foliage runs and winery tour train runs scheduled for September and October that would be great for families and couples.

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Mellow Yellow

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OK, so you have a mother, father, a 13 year old, an 11 year old and a 6 year old. With the prices posted in this story it would total to $81.00 for the 'Fall family fun'. Who can afford that with a family that size? Let's see...buy groceries or go look at leaves? Seems like a no-brainer to me. You would think that the railroad guy would quit lining his pockets and give a little to the community by dropping his prices or..heaven forbid...giving a free train ride now and again. I guess that ain't happening.
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And why Mr. MellowYellow should I give this community a break? I have put all my blood sweat and tears into building the largest scale model train in the world! I could pick up my toys and take them to Lockport where they would greet me with open arms! My museum brings 30000 ppl each year during our Day out with Thomas, and mutliple thousands to the economy, err I mean my bank account>..... How dare you ask me to give anyone a free train ride.
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Bull crap you mooched off the tax payers for this grant and that hand out. The tax payers even paid for the roof.
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Don't complain if you cannot afford it. Let successful people enjoy the program. You can continue to see how you can allocate your monthly food stamps.
Mellow Yellow

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Hate negative people wrote:
Don't complain if you cannot afford it. Let successful people enjoy the program. You can continue to see how you can allocate your monthly food stamps.
There is a possibility here that I can afford his train rides and you are just making an incorrect assumption. I was trying to show some compassion for those who have a large family or maybe can't afford his rides.

I think my lifelong body of work would show how successful I have been.

Railraod Museum Rep

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Really wrote:
Bull crap you mooched off the tax payers for this grant and that hand out. The tax payers even paid for the roof.
Again, know the facts before you comment, you...are also welcome to come in to see for yourself. The roof was not paid for by a grant, it was paid for by the earnings from the first Thomas Event and we hired a LOCAL company! Whom also patronized the ACE hardware store across the street for supplies and local restaurants during their breaks. Our Engines, passenger cars resting along side the Museum WERE from Grant Money, which we are preparing as we speak to pull the Polar Express trains (and future trains), unfortunately, the passenger cars...by Grant money, keep getting vandalized by LOCAL people which sets us back, what should the tax payers do about the vandals????? Each window is $500.00, the insurance deductable is $2,000....Which is NOT covered with Grant Money...Perhaps you should shift your negative energy into something positive and set up a NON PROFIT organization yourself and teach "How to respect and preserve" HISTORICAL items which are there for ALL TO ENJOY.
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Mellow Yellow wrote:
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There is a possibility here that I can afford his train rides and you are just making an incorrect assumption. I was trying to show some compassion for those who have a large family or maybe can't afford his rides.
I think my lifelong body of work would show how successful I have been.
With all due respect to whatever your budget may be...please understand this is a NON PROFIT organization, not state funded, prices are set for a reason, as you set what you can afford and what you cant afford, in order to maintain a business, you must set rates to, number one, pay for expense to operate the Train Rides. The Museum pays, GVT to use the tracks, their engines, their engineers, the insurance (two separate policies by law), WNY Historical Society to lease their Passenger Cars, paying (local)staff to work the trains, expenses of supplies for our restrooms, hired local staff to clean them between rides, the upkeep of the property, utilities, etc....as it does for a person to run a household. Please do not criticize without knowing the facts. To Mr. CONductor, thank you for defending the Museum, however, please do not speak "as" the founder as he would NEVER use the words you use in your comment. The "toys", approximately 75% are owned by him, his life's savings/collection/investment, the rest, belong to families who have put their deceased loved ones collections on loan or donated them for all to enjoy and to keep them preserved in our State Registered Museum. The Founder/Director sees none of the funds that come in, it is all handled by the Board of Directors, as are the set rates for admissions and train rides. "Name" events, Thomas and Polar Express rates are pre set ranges by those companies and the Board chose the low end of those rates. So Mellow Yellow, we welcome you to come in to tour the museum, bring the kids and I promise you, they will enjoy it very much! Also, when you come in, I will show you the file kept of years of what the museum has donated and gift certificates given away to many local charities, organizations, families doing raffle baskets for cancer patients, kids with disabilities and our list goes on. Come visit us :)
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Mellow I don't believe for a second you are successful. You would not have commented about costs. Events are expensive to operate and population mass is not large enough to spread the expense.
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You know nothing about Mellow, why do you care what occurs here in Medina, if you are from California? The average median income for a family of 4 in Orleans County is less than 21000 year. o please tell me that the costs are something that one couldn't afford, and I don't think that the museum gives away that many tickets for free rides!
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Mellow I don't believe for a second you are successful. You would not have commented about costs. Events are expensive to operate and population mass is not large enough to spread the expense.
Trust me...I am successful. You, however, have a problem with reading comprehension. Had you read and understood my first post you would know that I never mentioned that I personally had an issue with affording the tickets. In fact, I am not interested in riding any of his 'specials' but if I were I would certainly be able to purchase tickets. My first message stated the cost for a hypothetical (look it up) family of three kids and a mother and father. In today's world, and in this area's economy, the cost of $81 could equate to a decision between having a day of 'fun' or buying a week's worth of groceries. Got it now? As the famous quote says...."It's the economy stupid".
Railroad Museum Rep

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Mellow I don't believe for a second you are successful. You would not have commented about costs. Events are expensive to operate and population mass is not large enough to spread the expense.
Thank you! This is a correct statement about the cost of events and the demographics surrounding it. As I mentioned in previous post, the Board of Directors have set rates based on this as well as taking the community, average incomes etc. into consideration.
I need to apologize and correct an error I made with the grant money for the roof...CORRECTION: It was the first Thomas event earnings that paid for the additional cost added on due to the asbestos removal which was found as they were doing the tear off. There was a grant that covered the cost of the roof. Mind you, the building is 300 foot long and over 30 feet wide. Over the past 7 years since the first Thomas event, a few board members have changed and been added, with that, there was clarification made on the this topic.
In addition to the operating costs, there are advertising expenses which do not come free to non-profits, everything has a price tag and we, among others like us, have to pay. This is "tourism", people do not know what Medina has to offer without advertising. The question is asked to each and every person who enters the museum once they are greeted: "Is this your first time here?, Where are you from, How did you hear about us?" Each person signs our Guest Book, all of them have read about us in some sort of advertising material that they picked up at a specific location, KOA campground had a rack with our brochure, Chamber of Commerce travel guides, when there are "free" advertisements done for businesses, it is usually due to annual Membership fees that is paid. So again, nothing is free, somewhere there is a price for what ever service is applied. We understand this and it is the only way to let others know about our village and what it has to offer. Many people have come in answering the greeting questions saying they live in Medina for years and did not even know it was here, some knew it was as friends would tell them about it but they never got around to it. We all have done this at one time or another. We are so grateful that those folks have given us the benefit of the doubt, set aside the negative rumors and walked in our doors to see for themselves what we are all about. So much has time, effort, money has gone into turning this original New York Central freight house, built in 1905 into what it is today! From the restoration of its original wainscot walls to keeping the original floor freight scale in tact. There are original photographs on the walls of the employees working in the named "Medina Room" in the mid 1900's....a woman came in with her grandchildren, saw the picture and said "that is my grandmother that worked here in the office of this freight house"..what an amazing moment that was for her, her grandchildren and for us! This is why we do what we do!
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Well keep it to yourself, if you think it is expensive. I am sure you add nothing to this community except to fill the bio digester. I encourage support to those trying to do something in the community. Bringing in outside money makes a community thrive. I have nothing to do with this event. I just hate people like you that have nothing good to say. So here is my final thought STFU.
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I do not live in CA. I care about the County because I live here Abrigail. The guy is trying to bring activity to this community. Encourage him not bitch about costs. I am sure if this isn't successful because it cost too much, you will have your way and it will end.
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I love Thomas the Tank engine.
Super Star

Medina, NY

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I love Thomas the Tank engine.
You Love Peppy The Tank Too. LMFAO.........Nothing like slipping it to a fat Ass. You frecking Perv.....
old time citizen

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Sep 23, 2012
 
Hey Super, I see you haven't lost your touch.
Why don't you pull your car in front of Kentucky Fried Chicken and reminisc about the good old days when your buddies teen aloholic beer bottle over the head club was going. The cops don't have to baby sit Kentucky fried chicken. The corner is so much quieter now.
A Railroad Enthusiast

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Mellow Yellow wrote:
OK, so you have a mother, father, a 13 year old, an 11 year old and a 6 year old. With the prices posted in this story it would total to $81.00 for the 'Fall family fun'. Who can afford that with a family that size? Let's see...buy groceries or go look at leaves? Seems like a no-brainer to me. You would think that the railroad guy would quit lining his pockets and give a little to the community by dropping his prices or..heaven forbid...giving a free train ride now and again. I guess that ain't happening.
Mellow Yellow: I can see by your tirade, that you have NO interest in any slight way of what the jibber-jabber is all about. Please, if you can't afford it, stay home and continue to provide a sheltered education. That Museum encompasses artifacts that go way beyond Trains! They cover all very nicely too. You will see a very large collection of Railroad stuff as well as Fire Dept. equipment, the largest HO train layout anywhere in the USA, as well as Old Toys, and lots of them!

I have to tell you, because you don't realize it, it costs MONEY to keep those doors open, trains running and the lights-on for the paying public.The fuel used for the Train Rides sure doesn't come free either, nore does the cost to pay the GTV Railroad for their engines to pull the cars, and the manpower to make it happen. The Museum is NOT privately owned, so there is NO "Railroad Guy", it is an Official NYS REGISTERED MUSEUM. It is operated as 501c3. You wouldn't understand what, or how much that Museum does bring to the Community as a whole either (it's a good sum). Nobody is lining their pockets at that Museum! Have YOU EVER told your boss you'd work free for a couple days?... The Museum is one of the best in the Country to present the NYC & other Railroads Age of Steam, and everything else in between! They should be able to charge DOUBLE what they do today as an educational experience, but they don't.

So, Please take care of your family first, and if at some time in the future you'd like to take your children there to further their education, I'm sure you'd be welcomed, and your children would love it. I always enjoy going there a couple times a year, and always amazed at the new stuff that appears!
A Railroad Enthusiast

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If any of you are Parents in Medina...Ask your children who's breaking the windows in the Museums Rail Cars! I hope it's not your child, but if they know who it is, please speak-up.

They are very expensive to replace, and to cleanup interior and exterior damage being caused. if it is your child that gets caught...The "Tab Is On You" as the Parent! Anyone else, will probably just go straight to jail! So, good luck with you're talk to your children. Hope they listen well.

It is so sad to see this kind of thing happen to an educational facility and their equipment. Wish children understood how to have at least a little respect for others property.
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A Railroad Enthusiast wrote:
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Mellow Yellow: I can see by your tirade, that you have NO interest in any slight way of what the jibber-jabber is all about. Please, if you can't afford it, stay home and continue to provide a sheltered education. That Museum encompasses artifacts that go way beyond Trains! They cover all very nicely too. You will see a very large collection of Railroad stuff as well as Fire Dept. equipment, the largest HO train layout anywhere in the USA, as well as Old Toys, and lots of them!
I have to tell you, because you don't realize it, it costs MONEY to keep those doors open, trains running and the lights-on for the paying public.The fuel used for the Train Rides sure doesn't come free either, nore does the cost to pay the GTV Railroad for their engines to pull the cars, and the manpower to make it happen. The Museum is NOT privately owned, so there is NO "Railroad Guy", it is an Official NYS REGISTERED MUSEUM. It is operated as 501c3. You wouldn't understand what, or how much that Museum does bring to the Community as a whole either (it's a good sum). Nobody is lining their pockets at that Museum! Have YOU EVER told your boss you'd work free for a couple days?... The Museum is one of the best in the Country to present the NYC & other Railroads Age of Steam, and everything else in between! They should be able to charge DOUBLE what they do today as an educational experience, but they don't.
So, Please take care of your family first, and if at some time in the future you'd like to take your children there to further their education, I'm sure you'd be welcomed, and your children would love it. I always enjoy going there a couple times a year, and always amazed at the new stuff that appears!
Blah blah blah, its a farce! Magic Marty has already moved on from Linda the real one who made Thomas in Medina. Sad
Mister Dressup

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A Railroad Enthusiast wrote:
If any of you are Parents in Medina...Ask your children who's breaking the windows in the Museums Rail Cars! I hope it's not your child, but if they know who it is, please speak-up.
They are very expensive to replace, and to cleanup interior and exterior damage being caused. if it is your child that gets caught...The "Tab Is On You" as the Parent! Anyone else, will probably just go straight to jail! So, good luck with you're talk to your children. Hope they listen well.
It is so sad to see this kind of thing happen to an educational facility and their equipment. Wish children understood how to have at least a little respect for others property.
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