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Katy needs big train park, museum
The Katy Times ^ | Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | Michael Watkins

Posted on 03/17/2010 4:07:42 AM PDT by Willie Green

Dear Editor:

I moved to Katy about three years ago. I was surprised that Katy did not have a big train park and museum, which I believe would draw a lot of tourists to the community, plus also bring more family oriented business into Katy.

As Ike destroy the Galveston Railroad Museum, it would be nice to offer Katy as relocation for this.

Reason why? I travel by rail and have a small model railroad in my garage. I've seen lots of places that talk about Katy, Texas and the Katy railroad line. I even get a lot of e-mails from other rail road modelers about Katy, Texas and the Katy line.

There lot of things. I'd like to see come into Katy and make it a tourist and recreation or resort town and to help save or improve the town's history, for instance an amusement park anchor into the Katy Mills Mall.

This was big success up north in a lot malls that lost there big anchor stores, and Katy Mills Mall has the perfect size to add this.

I can go on and on. For I helped in reconstructing some other places I lived in Manteca, Calif., which now has one the biggest antique shops and flea markets and hosts some there states conventions. Also help when I lived Sonora, Calif. in bringing Hollywood in to use the Sonora Railroad Museum for filming and created the first public rail line using an old steam engine to connect into Amtrak.

Funny thing is there was no cost to the city. Because most of the train crew were volunteers who loved running the train, all the profit went to or was split with the city and train museum.

When I left Sonora, it started as one passenger car and now was up to five cars and cut the commute to work to about 50 percent. In the area, ride this old steamer to work.

It would be nice for Katy do the same. You'd be surprised how many people would ride into Houston on old style train, and Katy's got the History.

I really do not know who would be the best person to talk to about this. Most time it was a mayor who ended up contacting me, and we'd just sat and talk, and we'd throw ideas at each others. Nothing ever formal.

That is what I do since I retire help construct communities for better future. and I’m one the Biggest toy collectors and railroad modeler. And I have been very disappointed in mot finding a club here.

Want to know something shocking. I had some neighbor kids stop by my house who was from the ages 10 to 14 and had never seen a model railroad.

So to me, we need to do something like this to get younger generation involved.

If not, we are going to have a lack of engineers in the near future, which is going to make rail transportation cost go up do to lack of finding interested workers. And Katy can be the leading edge in the rail future.

Plus lots my ideas will cost the city little or no money to invest in these projects. Yet build there tax base up for better community services like police and public.

Thanks for reading this.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: houston; metro; trains
It would be nice for Katy do the same. You'd be surprised how many people would ride into Houston on old style train, and Katy's got the History.

Cool idea!!! We need a RR Museum here in Cypress also!
(History of Cypress Railroad Station)
And then we could ride into Houston on the old-style train as well!!!

1 posted on 03/17/2010 4:07:42 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

My grandfather was a brakeman on the Katy Railroad for more than 40 years. He and my grandmother lived in Smithville, which is where I was born.

There is a Katy Railroad park and I believe, a small museum there..........

It’s not much, but it’s a start—LOL!


2 posted on 03/17/2010 4:11:30 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Willie Green

There’s probably some stimulus funds laying around looking for a home...

I like trains, too. My HO set is all Conrail, as I did some contract programming for them back in ‘79 and the guy I was working with gave me my first loco.


3 posted on 03/17/2010 4:12:01 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: Willie Green

Katy needs a place to park her big bustle.


4 posted on 03/17/2010 4:33:39 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Willie Green
There is a railroad bed on the north side of I-10...most of the old freight tracks have been removed.....

The old tracks stymied development but now there are essential businesses such as hospitals that just can't be block by train traffic.

PLUS....METRO has worn out its welcome in this town....investigations & indictments may soon appear.

5 posted on 03/17/2010 4:34:49 AM PDT by cbkaty (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life---Churchill)
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To: cbkaty
The old tracks stymied development but now there are essential businesses such as hospitals that just can't be block by train traffic.

We can put the new tracks up in the air where they won't get in the way.


6 posted on 03/17/2010 4:48:05 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green
We can put the new tracks up in the air where they won't get in the way.

...........that's where we put the airplanes....

7 posted on 03/17/2010 4:54:25 AM PDT by cbkaty (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life---Churchill)
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To: cbkaty

Airplanes can’t take you downtown Houston.


8 posted on 03/17/2010 5:14:49 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green
Airplanes can’t take you downtown Houston.

True...but most Houston area residents do not work downtown.....now do they?

Many avoid DT like the plague.....

Mass transit in Houston is a "bus thang"....not a train thang....

9 posted on 03/17/2010 6:51:22 AM PDT by cbkaty (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life---Churchill)
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To: Willie Green
The writer is perfectly free to fund a railway museum if he so chooses, and can find similarly like-minded folks to contribute their resources to the goal. It appears to me like he's just like all the rest of the other california transplants that want to steal money from their neighbors to fund his own special interest.

Like locusts, liberals despoil an area, then move on to the next one.

10 posted on 03/17/2010 7:00:21 AM PDT by zeugma (Proofread a page a day: http://www.pgdp.net/)
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To: Willie Green

A little info from the Katy Railroad Histrocial Society

http://www.katyrailroad.org/

http://www.katyrailroad.org/map.htm


11 posted on 03/17/2010 7:11:37 AM PDT by deport
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To: cbkaty
True...but most Houston area residents do not work downtown.....now do they?
Many avoid DT like the plague.....

The only reason I ever went downtown willingly was to fulfill my patriotic obligation to perform Jury Duty.

Extending Metro out to Cypress would've made that a much more bearable ordeal.

But besides those rare instances when I'm obligated to participate in our local judicial proceedings, I would love to use Metro to attend the many DT cultural events... such as major league ballgames... and perhaps dine at some of the DT restaurants while I'm there.

DC is awful generous with the Sports Pork,
but even GW Bush didn't get a sports stadium built in Katy or Cypress.

Ooooops... wait a minute... I almost forgot...
The Berry Center is actually quite a Taj Mahal boondoggle IMHO....

Aw crap.... never mind...

12 posted on 03/17/2010 7:16:04 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

The Berry Center is actually quite a Taj Mahal boondoggle IMHO....


Isn’t the Berry Center where King Perry had Ms. Palin come and make the endorsement?..... It must be fit for a king.


13 posted on 03/17/2010 7:24:01 AM PDT by deport
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To: Willie Green

I believe you and I are on the same page..... Yes I might use it for ball games....but Katy freeway is actually fantastic now.... I get to my car at the ball park and am home in Katy 30 minutes......”safely” in my house....


14 posted on 03/17/2010 7:30:00 AM PDT by cbkaty (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life---Churchill)
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To: deport
Isn’t the Berry Center where King Perry had Ms. Palin come and make the endorsement?..... It must be fit for a king.

Yeah,,, that's the place...
I was tempted to go over there and moon the sob...
but I was afraid that the excitement might trigger the defibrillator they implanted in my chest recently.

15 posted on 03/17/2010 7:42:35 AM PDT by Willie Green (As they say: "My heart just wasn't in it.")
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To: Willie Green

You all get all the celebs out that way. Wasn’t Ms Pelosi at some Medical Center off Hwy 290 not too long ago promoting something which I don’t remember what it was. Maybe the Health Care crap.


16 posted on 03/17/2010 7:48:26 AM PDT by deport
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To: deport
You have a good memory. That was last September.

Pelosi to be at North Cypress Medical Center

That's the same place where they planted the defibrillator in my chest.

17 posted on 03/17/2010 7:59:34 AM PDT by Willie Green (As they say: "My heart just wasn't in it.")
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To: All

What happened to the guy in Katy who was protesting the building of a mosques in Katy by having pig races next to the future building site? LOL


18 posted on 03/17/2010 8:06:57 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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