Model Railroad Museum Pledges

Here is where you can provide a pledge to help support the Model Railroad Museum when we actually have a facility to support. We understand that you may not wish to lay down your hard-earned money for maintenance of a facility we don't even have yet. So this is how you can show us your support without having to pay anything yet.

Your pledge to support the museum will help us to determine how the museum will be funded. Currently we have to rely on support from both the community and from individual model railroaders. We expect that donations and grants will be more forthcoming after we have a physical location. Your offering of a pledge now will help us determine how much community interest and support there will be when we actually get started. A large number of pledges will help tremendously in moving this project forward. Remember that if you offer a pledge on this page, you will not be billed for this until we actually have a facility that you can physically visit and monitor its progress.

To the Community:

This will be YOUR Museum. We are willing to do all the planning and all the work to create the museum, build the layouts, provide a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for you and your family. But the Museum is yours and will be dedicated to the community. We are all Volunteers donating our own time, money and resources to develop this project. But we cannot do this without your support. Please consider a pledge of whatever you can afford - perhaps just $5 or $10 a month for the first year. I know it's a leap of faith. If this fails and we don't get a location for this project, you haven't lost anything. If we get it going, you will have a wonderful, attractive new addition to the community, that you can be proud of - a new place where you can take your kids on the weekend - a fun place, a learning place. A place where your teens can learn how to make things, build things, be creative, learn leadership and teamwork skills, or earn a scholarship, instead of fighting battles on video games, or getting depressed on social media. We will also have programs for disadvantaged or disabled kids. The possibilities for benefiting the community are endless. 

You may also consider advertising your company or business on this site This would help support the museum and provide you with an additional benefit at the same time.

To Model Railroaders:

You guys are awesome! You have already done so much for the community by creating a realistic diorama for the Lee Hall Depot, and you have already built a large, historical, true-to-scale miniature rendition of the Seaboard Train Station and surrounding area at the Suffolk Seaboard Train Museum. You have already built and operated a large HO train display at the Fairfield Shopping Center in Virginia Beach for almost 10 years before it had to be closed. Over 27,000 visitors came from all over Virginia over and over again to enjoy that layout. You've already built the Chesapeake Bay and Western Railroad in Grafton, Virginia which is truly a site to behold - the largest HO scale model railroad in Virginia. You thrive on these projects. You live for them. You meet every Wednesday waiting and hoping to get started on something new. Now's your chance! But we need your support too. I know we're asking a lot, but we also know that this Museum will be Fulfilling a Dream that you have had your entire lives. I know because I'm one of you.

To make a pledge, just fill out the form below and enter the amount you wish to offer. We don't need any money or credit card information right now. We just want to know if you can support us when the time comes. Thank you!

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The Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads will be a fantastic community center based on running, operating and even building your own model railroads! There's something for every age here.

Learn about the real history of this area and how important it was in the building of America. Watch how railroads were built, the people involved, where America's roots were formed. 

As they build their own railroads, students will be learning about science, electronics,  architecture, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the art of 3 dimensional model landscaping. They can earn rewards for completing projects and winning contests.

Try to solve yardmaster problems on a switching layout like getting the lumber from the forest to the furniture store, by way of the saw mill and the lumber yard.

Run your train around blockades and other trains to get to the station on time without speeding or crashing.

Play railroad monopoly using model railroads. Winner is the one who can collect the most cars into his yard within an hour.

There will be programs for autistic and special needs kids, disabled adults and veterans.

School tours. Holiday Shows. Library and video rooms. Scouts are welcome. Even youngsters will have their own wooden models to enjoy. Classrooms and hands-on clinics for adults. Learn how to get started in the hobby. Or just enjoy the fun.

Everybody loves trains and this will prove it!  Just click on the either the blue or the yellow DONATE button below to make it happen... 

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