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Railway Depot platform in need of overhaul in North Creek

NORTH CREEK - Members of the North Creek Depot Museum kicked off their Capital Fund campaign this fall to raise money for a new platform at the railway. After 11 years of aging and weather damage, the platform is in dire need of repair according to campaign co-chair Mike Brassel.

Brassel remembers his experiences with the railway as a child and hopes the depot will continue to be successful in providing those same memories for years to come.

"We want to get the platform in shape for the foreseeable future," he said. "We can make it happen, we just need to work hard at this."

Aside from the platform itself, campaign organizers hope to raise a total of $200,000 to repair and improve aspects of the Owens House education center, retire its mortgage, as well as insulate the aging depot buildings for more efficient winterization.

"We plan to replace the rotting boards on the platform with pressure treated timber that should last for 25 years or more," said co-chair Burt Miner.

Local options are being explored for purchase of the lumber and a order will be placed as soon as the funds are raised through the capital campaign.

All donations to the campaign will be noted by a plaque in the depot museum under the following classifications:

Station Master

$1500 and over

35 boards

Engineer

$1000

28 boards

Conductor

$500

13 boards

Freight Agent

$250

6 boards

Brakeman

$100

2 boards

Trainman

$50

1 board

"In memory of" donations are encouraged and other donation ideas are welcome.

"We are hoping to go full steam ahead with the fundraising now," said Miner.

For more information on making a donation or on the Capital Fund Campaign itself, call 251-5842.

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