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01/29/19 Let The Fundraising Begin!
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUBJECT: The New Miniature World of
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
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
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
Contact: Frank Ruby
Phone: 864 255 4671 Corporate Office @ Blue
Address: Miniature World
2327 N Pleasantburg Dr Ste H
Greenville SC 29609
01/27/19 New fundraising video uploaded to YouTube.
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
12/01/18 - The
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
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
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.
I have started to move the website to a new
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
- 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
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™
from the special effects team and the project architect due next
week so phase I design can begin.
infrastructure improvements have begun at the preferred location.
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
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
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
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
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
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.