Preserve Western Ranch Theme Railroad Dining Car

$6,716 of $43,950 goal

Raised by 59 people in 5 months

***AS DIRECT DONATIONS ARE MADE TO MTM, THE TOTAL GOAL ON THIS PAGE WILL BE REDUCED FROM $50,000 BUT THE GOAL IS STILL $50,000 TOTAL!***

Help save this 1950’s work of art! Built for the iconic Great Northern Railroad’s “Empire Builder” which ran from Minnesota to Washington state. These dining cars welcomed riders to enjoy a meal in a classic Western atmosphere.  Decorated with rustic wooden timbers, murals of ranch scenes, and brown & white leather seats, this dining car makes you feel like you are on a Montana ranch and is a time capsule of America history.

Great Northern Empire Builder’s Ranch Car “White Pines Lake” needs a new home.  It has been restored, loved, and cared for in Columbus, Ohio but now must move.  The owners will donate it to the Minnesota Transportation Museum but we must raise the funds to move it by highway to Minnesota.

Our short term goal is to have the car as a static display while we work to acquire the correction power generation system and air conditioning for the car. Long term, we plan to have the car in full operational service on our Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway. With your help, it can join the collection of the Minnesota Transportation Museum in St Paul, Minnesota so future generations can experience this piece of history.

Give today to help make this vision happen! Our goal is to have the funding in place by April 30, 2019.

All funds donated on this campaign go directly to the Minnesota Transportation Museum which is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization. Donors will receive a tax receipt for their gift from PayPal Giving Fund for income tax purposes. More information on the ranch cars can be viewed at: http://www.gngoat.org/ranch_car.htm

 

"The Ranch Car Program" - Donor Recognition


Donation of $100 or more:
Invitation for you and a guest to the unveiling celebration. (To be scheduled at a later date)
 
Donation of $250 or more:
Limited edition collectible with image of the car, GN logo and commemorative text. (Items will be sent upon completion of the move to MN)
 
Donation of $500 or more:
Your name will be included on a contributor recognition list permanently displayed in the car.
 
Donation of $1244 or more: (Limited availability)
Your name will be attached to a chair in recognition of your contribution. This will be done in a nice engraved nameplate.


**If our fundraising goal is not reached this year, donors will be contacted and be offered a choice of a full refund of their donation or choose to donate to another project at the Minnesota Transportation Museum***

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The generous donations keep on coming in at the Minnesota Transportation Museum for the Ranch dining car movement! We have received two checks at the museum for The Ranch Car project totaling $1,850!

Those two donations push us over $9,100 raised!

To account for these donations, the "target" of our fundraiser is still $50,000 total. To reflect the direct donations to MTM, the GoFundMe page goal will be reduced to show the progress.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all of our donors and to those who have been with us along the way. Please help us get OVER the $10,000 mark by spreading the word about this effort! Funds can be donated directly to MTM or on this GoFundMe page.
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Happy 2019! It is a happy new year indeed for The Ranch Car effort. The Minnesota Transportation Museum received a $4,000 donation directly for the move. We also got another private donation on the fundraiser page. That brings our total JUST OVER $7,250!

Thank you VERY MUCH to every single donor and to everyone who has kept us in their thoughts as we raise these funds to bring this beautiful piece of railroad history to Minnesota.

These funds are going directly to the movement of Great Northern Ranch/Dining car #1244 to MTM.
Since the donation was made by check directly to MTM and not to the GoFundMe page, the easiest way to reflect progress toward the goal is to reduce the goal from $50,000 on the page, to $46,000.

Follow us to stay up to date on our Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/GN1244/
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We are over $2,650! Thank you for your donations so far, let's keep this momentum going! Help us today by spreading the word that we need more support to bring the 1244 ranch/dining car back to Saint Paul, MN!

Follow the effort Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gn1244
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We have raised our first $1,000! Thank you for your continued support in this incredible effort.

To show our appreciation to our donors we have decided to begin a program to recognize the donors and sponsors to this effort.

All donors up to this point will also be included on this appreciation program! All of the terms listed in the original posting for the fundraiser still apply! Thanks again for helping this effort come to fruition. Please send us a message with your contact information when you donate.



Donation of $100 or more:
Invitation for you and a guest to the unveiling celebration.
 
Donation of $250 or more:
Limited edition collectible with image of the car, GN logo and commemorative text.
 
Donation of $500 or more:
Your name will be included on a contributor recognition list permanently displayed in the car.
 
Donation of $1244 or more: (Limited availability)
Your name will be attached to a chair in recognition of your contribution.
 
                Please contact us if you would like to discuss other sponsorship opportunities.
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$6,716 of $43,950 goal

Raised by 59 people in 5 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Minnesota Transportation Museum
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St. Paul, MN
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