The Locust Heights & Western Railroad, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, is known to many for its custom built "Mason Climax" steam locomotive. The railroad offers free rides to guests each Wednesday night during the summer of each year. Unfortunately, the line has sustained a debt of nearly $5000 due to required repairs of the locomotive's boiler. Also needed are funds for general repairs and maintenance of the railroad.
This GOFUNDME is not just to collect funds, but to offer donors the opportunity to participate in a special RAILFAN PHOTO CHARTER on the railroad to be held Saturday, August 5th. The day will include several "photo runbys", with photographers given the chance to stand alongside of the railroad at several locations to get pictures of the Climax and her train running past for photographs. In addition to the train itself, the event will also incorporate period actors and some unique props to give photographers an experience unlike any other in the recent history of the Locust Heights and Western Railroad. Night photography opportunities (including professional studio lighting by world renowned photographer Walter Scriptunas II) and a dinner pizza party will also be included. Individuals who desire to be a part of this special day can join us for a MINIMUM DONATION OF $105 USD. You MUST select the "PHOTO CHARTER" in the "Rewards" section to participate. We also have discount packages available for groups of two or four. Only 40 tickets will be offered. For more information and more specific event schedule, please contact [email redacted] . If for some reason you are unable to donate directly to the page but wish to participate, please email us for assistance.
Please include your full mailing address and email address when you make your donation. We will also need to know the names of each member of your party as we will be producing customized souvenir tickets/name tags that will be issued to each guest on the day of the trip! A tentative event schedule is available upon request. A more finalized schedule will be issued to all participants via email a few weeks prior to the event. We would like to have a minimum of 10 donors for this event.
Below is our TENTATIVE schedule for the event. Note that the trips will take place during the afternoon and evening hours due to optimal lighting along the route during that time. There will be approximately 20-30 minutes between each run to allow train cars to be switched in the yard, and to allow guests an opportunity to use the restroom.
1:00PM-2:00PM Registration/Guest briefing
2:00PM-3:30PM 1st trip featuring several runbys
4:00PM-5:30PM 2nd trip featuring runbys/actors
5:30PM-6:30PM Dinner Pizza Party
6:30PM-8:00PM 3rd trip featuring runbys/actors
8:45PM-10:30PM Multiple night photos, including yard scene and trestle scene featuring night train ride.
CAB RIDES (NEW 6/15): For an additional donation of $25, you will receive the opportunity to ride in the locomotive cab for one trip during our planned three trip day. Only TWO guests will be permitted this opportunity during each trip, for a total of SIX AVAILABLE TICKETS. To receive a cab ride, please select the "CHARTER + CAB" reward option when making your donation. See the "Disclaimers" section below for rules specific to those holding a cab ride ticket.
SOUVENIRS (NEW 7/24): Every ticket holder will receive a complimentary copy of our ALL NEW limited edition booklet, "The Locust Heights & Western Railroad: A Photographic History" as well as a commemorative brass tag. Also, those who are NOT able to attend may also receive these souvenirs for a minimum $25.00 donation. (Everyone who has previously donated $25.00 or more will automatically receive these items.)
NOTE: If you would like to make a donation but are not able to attend, it would be welcome and appreciated. Please leave a note though to let us know!
**DISCLAIMERS: DUE TO THE PRIMITIVE NATURE OF THIS RAILROAD OPERATION, THE LOCUST HEIGHTS AND WESTERN RAILROAD, THE EVENT HOSTS, AND THE GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN MANAGERS WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURY SUSTAINED ON THE RAILROAD PROPERTY BEFORE, DURING, OR AFTER THE EVENT. HOWEVER, IF AN EMERGENCY SHOULD ARISE, WE WILL ATTEMPT TO ASSIST YOU IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE. THE RAILROAD IS NOT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE AND WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS EVENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY WALKING OR STANDING FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME, OR FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE FAINT OF HEART. YOU ARE PARTICIPATING AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOUR DONATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT ON THE TRAIN, BUT DOES GUARANTEE A SPOT AT THE PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS. WITH THAT SAID, EACH GUEST WILL GET TO RIDE THE TRAIN FOR AT LEAST ONE RUN DURING THE SCHEDULED DAY. SOME WALKING MAY BE REQUIRED BETWEEN LOCATIONS AS THE TRAIN MAY NOT BE LARGE ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE EVERY INDIVIDUAL ON EVERY TRIP. AS THIS IS A DONATION, NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. WE PLAN TO RUN THE TRAIN RAIN OR SHINE, ALTHOUGH THE PLANNED SCHEDULE MAY BE ALTERED IF DEEMED NECESSARY BY OUR VOLUNTEER STAFF.
CAB RIDE RULES:
~We reiterate our above safety disclaimer. The cab can be a hot and dangerous place if you are not careful, so please use discretion when riding in the locomotive.
~The first donor to order a cab ride will get first choice of the trip they want to ride, and we will follow order from there. Your opportunity to decide will be made available to you at a later date once we have a better idea of what will be happening on each run.
~Each donor may only purchase ONE cab ride during the scheduled day.
~Your cab ride ticket does NOT include cab rides during photo runbys. Your time in the cab will be during the trip to and from each photo location only, and at times when the entire group is riding the train. You will be asked to exit the cab at any time that a photo runby or static photo is going to take place.
~We plan to make sure that each trip is a full ride over the entire line even when chosen photo locations are near the beginning of the line. HOWEVER, in the event that there is a need to go back to the station boarding area without completing the full run, your cab ride WILL conclude with said return to the station unless otherwise noted on the day of the charter. If one group's trip is shorter than the rest, we MAY allow time to be made up during the night photo run, but this will be at the discretion of the railroad's owners.
- Eric Maxwell
- James Duncan
- Monica Fleming
Organizer and beneficiary
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