Oklahoma Railway Museum Limited
3400 NE Grand Blvd
Oklahoma City OK 73111-4417
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement

The Oklahoma Railway Museum’s mission is to provide an educational experience showing how railroading shaped Oklahoma and the nation. 

 

The goals are as follows:

  • · Continue to expand and maintain an Oklahoma rail transportation museum
  • · Provide an exciting, educational experience about rail transportation: our past, present, and future
  • · Provide an experience of preservation and restoration
  • · Operate a working railway system
  • · Create partnerships with people, communities and organizations.

 

Background

It is important to secure and preserve for posterity the disappearing artifacts, equipment, and structures of our railway heritage. The Oklahoma Railway Museum will preserve this history while teaching us how the railroads affected our lives. In addition to the physical preservation of the rail lines, equipment, and artifacts, the museum will tell the stories of the people whose lives were changed by the railroads.

At ORM’s incorporation and still today our goals are: to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. To preserve the memories and images of railroading through education by; holding educational programs emphasizing all aspects of railroading; establishing and maintaining a library to preserve and make available to the membership and the public any and all kinds of written, visual, and aural materials related to all aspects of railroading; establishing and maintaining a museum for the purpose of preserving and operating any and all types of railroad equipment and memorabilia for the enjoyment and education of the membership and the public; and establishing and maintaining any other activity in furtherance of this educational purpose. To foster stimulating group discussion and the exchange of knowledge concerning railroading by sponsoring tours, trips, and excursions, and by publishing a newsletter and other publications.

Contact Information
Contact Name Anne Chilton
Contact email admin@oklahomarailwaymuseum.org
Address 3400 NE Grand Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73111 4417
Phone (405) 424-8222
Fax 405-424-0504
County Oklahoma
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/orm/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Oklahoma Railway Museum accepts donation through our website oklahomarailwaymuseum.org, checks by mail, donations in person of railroad items and persons who are interested in donating volunteer time at the museum on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 5PM.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $490,000.00
Projected Expenses $390,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Central Oklahoma Railfans CLub2000
Year Founded 1972
IRS Ruling Year 1987
State Registration Expiration Mar 2018
Statements
Mission

The Oklahoma Railway Museum’s mission is to provide an educational experience showing how railroading shaped Oklahoma and the nation. 

 

The goals are as follows:

  • · Continue to expand and maintain an Oklahoma rail transportation museum
  • · Provide an exciting, educational experience about rail transportation: our past, present, and future
  • · Provide an experience of preservation and restoration
  • · Operate a working railway system
  • · Create partnerships with people, communities and organizations.

 

Background

It is important to secure and preserve for posterity the disappearing artifacts, equipment, and structures of our railway heritage. The Oklahoma Railway Museum will preserve this history while teaching us how the railroads affected our lives. In addition to the physical preservation of the rail lines, equipment, and artifacts, the museum will tell the stories of the people whose lives were changed by the railroads.

At ORM’s incorporation and still today our goals are: to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. To preserve the memories and images of railroading through education by; holding educational programs emphasizing all aspects of railroading; establishing and maintaining a library to preserve and make available to the membership and the public any and all kinds of written, visual, and aural materials related to all aspects of railroading; establishing and maintaining a museum for the purpose of preserving and operating any and all types of railroad equipment and memorabilia for the enjoyment and education of the membership and the public; and establishing and maintaining any other activity in furtherance of this educational purpose. To foster stimulating group discussion and the exchange of knowledge concerning railroading by sponsoring tours, trips, and excursions, and by publishing a newsletter and other publications.

Background

The Central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) was founded in 1972 by railroad enthusiasts who had interests in modeling, photography, historic preservation, and riding trains. The Chapter discussed building a museum to be an outlet for sharing their hobby with the public. The museum would also be a central repository and display space for the many artifacts and equipment the group was collecting.

A start was made when equipment was displayed behind the Kirkpatrick Center in the 1980’s until that facility expanded. Seed money for the museum was raised between 1987 – 1995 by running the Watonga Chief Dinner and passenger trains on the AT&L Railroad and running the Union Pacific historic E9 Diesel locomotives and passenger car fleet with seating for over 1600.

The Museum

In the spring of 1997, the Chapter began working with the Center for Non-Profit Organizations to develop a business plan for the establishment of a railway museum. Also, the Chapter began a partnership with the Central Oklahoma Parking and Transportation Authority (COPTA) for use of the old M-K-T tracks from NE 16th Street to NE 36st Street. During the first year, volunteers donated over 890 hours to clean and restore the right of way which included the Oklahoma City school yard siding where equipment was stored. Thus, the ability to operate excursion trains started.

With this work underway, a piece of property was located along the line in early 1999. Members raised $50,000 to improve the site, purchase track materials, a 1905 depot, and to make plans to move our equipment to the site. The Chapter at this time changed its name to the Oklahoma Railway Museum, Ltd., the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the NRHS (ORM).

Between 2000 and the present, the Museum has grown from one operating locomotive to four. The passenger car fleet and cabooses can handle almost 400 passengers per train. ORM is handling a growing number of passengers annually, from approximately 150 in 2003 to almost 25,000 in 2014.

Railroad operations are under the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and the Museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), The American Association for State and Local History, (AASLH), the Oklahoma Museum Association (OMA), the Association of Tourist Railroads & Railway Museums (ATRRM), the National Railway Historic Society (NRHS), Frontier Country Tourism Association, and is an associate member of the Adventure District of Oklahoma City.

Impact

Accomplishments

  1. Restoration projects: The Oklahoma Railway Museum has finished many restoration projects over the last five years. We have painted several pieces of railroad equipment including two locomotives and a caboose. Another caboose, a Rock Island railroad, we restored a significant portion that had rotten wood due to being stored outside for a long time.
  2. Education: Our education department has launched the Gary Githens Railroading Merit Badge Program. This program was created to assist boy scouts earn their railroading merit badge. It was created in memory of Gary Githens, a long-time boy scout leader and museum volunteer.
  3. Christmas Train: Our annual Christmas train in December attracts more visitors every year. Our visitors have made this part of their holiday traditions and we are thrilled to provide our community with the experience of a Christmas train ride.
  4. Strategic Planning: In 2016, the Oklahoma Railway Museum enlisted the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profit to assist in strategic planning. The Center led us in two meetings and a pre-meeting survey. Out of this we determined our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats of our organization and lay out a strategic road map. This road map set short term goals for us that will allow us to lay the foundation for our plan museum expansion.

Goals

  1. 1. Donors: As part of our strategic planning, we have identified the need to create a donor recruitment and retention plan. We have enlisted help from The Oklahoma Group, a non-profit consulting group based at the University of Oklahoma to achieve this goal.
  2. 2. Membership: As part of our strategic planning, we have identified the need to recruit new members to our museum. We have enlisted help from The Oklahoma Group, a non-profit consulting group based at the University of Oklahoma to achieve this goal.
  3. 3. Capital Campaign: As part of our preliminary planning for our museum’s expansion, we have identified the need for a well-planned capital campaign. We have enlisted help from The Oklahoma Group, a non-profit consulting group based at the University of Oklahoma to achieve this goal.

Needs

Needs

1. Visibility. Much of our needs can be met with greater visibility within our community. We believe visibility will strengthen every area of our organization. From increased membership which will in turn bring more volunteers to increased attendance that will raise funds to continue to enhance and expand our museum.

2. Partners. We feel to be successful in our community, we need to be more involved with it. We welcome new partnerships in our community so that we can be a better servant to our community.

3. Staff/Professional services: Our museum is currently in a planning stage for a museum expansion project. Additional staff or the offer of professional services such as: Help with developing marketing and communication plans. Assistance with collections management.

4. Capital Campaign: We are in the early stages of developing a capital campaign to fund our museum expansion. Assistance is needed to help our board and staff with creating and launching a successful campaign.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

The Oklahoma Railway Museum is a young Museum. Our roots go back to our incorporation as the Central Oklahoma Railfan Club in 1976, but the museum was not started until 2000. Since then, our board and very involved volunteers have managed and grown our museum. As we continue to grow, we will evaluate the need for an Executive Director, but at this time we currently do not have an Executive Director.

Board Chair Statement

The members of the Oklahoma Railway Museum (ORM) have worked extremely hard the last 16 years to get the museum to where it is today. We have several successful events that serve the community including: Train rides throughout the summer, Day Out With Thomas© event and train ride, and our Halloween and Christmas train ride events. ORM is in a position to expand our physical size to allow us to better serve our community. Our focus is the education of our visitors about our railroad history and how it shaped Oklahoma and the nation. Our current challenge is lack of display buildings and areas. We are currently planning our museum expansion that will allow for additional educational displays. This is a huge undertaking for a small group of volunteers. We are actively pursuing and working with community organizations to assist us such as The Center for Non-Profits and The Oklahoma Group. I am relatively new to the Oklahoma Railway Museum, but I have seen the fruits of our member’s labor. They have performed almost the impossible reviving 3.5 miles of mainline railroad tracks. Some of which were buried underneath a foot of dirt and debris. I believe this group has the drive to make the Oklahoma Railway Museum meet our dreams and more.

When I started volunteering for the Oklahoma Railway Museum, I have no aspirations to be in a position of leadership, much less the President. As I worked closely with the volunteers, their dreams and aspirations became what I wanted as well. I don’t think I have met a more dedicated group of individuals that have poured so much time, work, and their own hard earned money into such a worthwhile organization.

Eric Dilbeck,

President

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
National
Oklahoma Railway Museum serves the state of Oklahoma, surrounding states as well as international visitors.
Programs
Description

At Oklahoma Railway Museum's incorporation and still today our goals are: to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. To preserve the memories and images of railroading through education by; holding educational programs emphasizing all aspects of railroading;

The Oklahoma Railway Museum's education program serves students of all ages in the community by providing engaging and enriching education experiences throughout the year. Education at Oklahoma Railway Museum' has three main areas of focus: Interpretation, which provides meaning for works of art and is delivered through gallery labels, didactic panels and gallery guides, audio guides, and catalogs; Education, which complements formal, school-based curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12 and is delivered through docent-guided tours, resource guides, and a Traveling Truck of resources for teachers; The Oklahoma railway Museum also puts on a Railroading Merit Badge program to assist Boy Scouts and others to learn skills, find inspiration to pursue a career and explore fields of study and interest beyond the limits of the school classroom.

Strategy
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) General/Unspecified
Description

It is important to secure and preserve for posterity the disappearing artifacts, equipment, and structures of our railway heritage. The Oklahoma Railway Museum will preserve this history while teaching us how the railroads affected our lives. In addition to the physical preservation of the rail lines, equipment, and artifacts, the museum will tell the stories of the people whose lives were changed by the railroads. From those who rode the railroad to a new life in a raw new territory, to those who worked the rails, there are many memories to be preserved. Those stories must be captured while the people who lived them, can tell them.

Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Description

The vision of a permanent museum of railroading in Oklahoma City was realized in 2000, with the incorporation of the Oklahoma Railway Museum (formerly the Central Oklahoma Railfan Club). The Museum's collection includes equipment, depot structures, blueprints, maps, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and books, focusing on railroading in Oklahoma but also nationally.

Strategy
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) General/Unspecified
Description

The Oklahoma Railway Museum’s mission is to provide an educational experience of how railroad’s shaped Oklahoma and the nation. A large part of this is the establishment and maintenance of an operating museum. This will allow us to preserve and operate all types of railroad equipment and display memorabilia for the enjoyment and education of public and our membership. Oklahoma Railway Museum uses train rides to educate the public, especially children, about travel and the history of railroads.

Strategy
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) General/Unspecified
Description

At Oklahoma Railway Museum's incorporation and still today our goals are: to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. To preserve the memories and images of railroading through education by; holding educational programs emphasizing all aspects of railroading; establishing and maintaining a library to preserve and make available to the membership and the public any and all kinds of written, visual, and aural materials related to all aspects of railroading.

Strategy
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) General/Unspecified
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Anne Chilton
Start Date Feb 2009
Email annem@oklahomarailwaymuseum
Experience The Oklahoma Railway Museum does not currently  have an Executive Director. Anne Murray Chilton is the Museum Administrator. 

Since 2006 she is the owner and Textile Conservator of Murray Conservation Services in Oklahoma City. She has worked at various Smithsonian museums including the National Museum of American History (NMAH) working on the Military Uniform Re-housing Project and The Star Spangled Banner Project. She was a two year Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Textile Conservation at the National Museum of the American Indian. Anne attended New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center with a concentration in textile conservation. She received her BA in Anthropology and Art History at the University of Colorado in 1997.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Anne ChiltonMuseum Administrator
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Oklahoma Museums Association member2010
American Alliance of Museums2016
Heritage Rail Alliance2003
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Eric Dilbeck
Company Affiliation Information Technology Manager, Presort First Class, INC.
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email eric@oklahomarailwaymuseum.org
Board of Directors
List Current as of Mar 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Terry Birchett Voting
Bob Cook Voting
Bob Cossairt Voting
Harry Currie Voting
Eric Dilbeck Voting
Greg Hall Voting
Bob Hussey Voting
Craig Larson Voting
Bob Nantois Voting
Charles Price Voting
Drake Rice Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 11
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation No
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Education
Nominating
By-laws
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $490,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $390,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$30,690$36,470$33,960
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$30,690$36,470$33,960
Individual Contributions$32,287$11,991$18,538
------
$334,598$371,290$295,866
Investment Income, Net of Losses$654$602$439
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$4,762$3,492$6,986
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$115,157$89,096$63,198
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$403,583$361,287$349,569
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.281.421.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,512,673$1,396,217$1,246,063
Current Assets$562,267$456,057$310,962
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,891--$1,500
Total Net Assets$1,510,782$1,396,217$1,244,563
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities297.34--207.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $334,598Earned Revenue $371,290Earned Revenue $295,866
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $115,157Other $89,096Other $63,198
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $32,287Govt - Unspecified $36,470Govt - Unspecified $33,960
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.

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Address 3400 NE Grand Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73111 4417
Primary Phone 405 424-8222
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/orm/
CEO/Executive Director Anne Chilton
Board Chair Eric Dilbeck
Board Chair Company Affiliation Information Technology Manager, Presort First Class, INC.