WE APPRECIATE OUR CORPORATE DONOR
'Tropicana Express Hotel & Casino'
The Las Vegas Railroad Socety is a 501 c3 charitable organization.
All donations and/or corporate pro bono support is 100% tax deductible.
DONATED THEIR ENTIRE RAILROAD TO THE
A 2012 MESSAGE FROM THE LVRRS' FOUNDING CHAIRMAN
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Trudy Platzer, LVRRS Founding Chairman and 24/7 CEO Volunteer, Since 1999
Dear Las Vegas Community:
The Las Vegas Railroad Society was founded with all local children in mind!
We are dedicated to create Las Vegas' finest educational 'Fieldtrip Destinations' in history!
Foundations & private donors who collaborate with the Las Vegas Railroad Society's diligent efforts, enable us to provide 'one day soon' year-round hands-on education for over 300,000 students of our local schools and a better quality of life for all local special-needs children!
"Together we CAN, and we WILL place 'Sin City' Las Vegas also on the map
as a caring children-oriented town, at last!"
Thank you for supporting our tireless efforts for all the right reasons!
VRRS Advisory Board member Lee Beil allocated unique railroad museum gift donations for Las Vegas' official railroad museum. With humble gratitude the Las Vegas Railroad Society took possession of the entire railroad offered by Tropicana Express Resort in Laughlin, NV.
Pictures below demonstrate diligent LVRRS volunteer effort, as also 100% corporate volunteer support of Tropicana Express staff and many other local companies who all helped with smiling faces to re-locate the entire railroad from Laughlin, NV to Las Vegas, NV.
OUR CORPORATE 'PARTNERS' & IN-KIND DONORS
||'I'VE BEEN WORKIN' ON THE RAILROAD'
"THANK YOU VISION SIGN INC."
FIELD OPERATION'S MANAGER
FOR 100% FREE COMPANY SUPPORT
LOADING TRAINS WITH CRANES
"THANK YOU VISION SIGN INC."
FROM LEFT: MIKE HAASE
ROBERT LINFOOT - DAVID BEAL
FOR YOUR AWESOME VOLUNTEER SUPPORT
||'I'VE BEEN WORKIN' ON THE RAILROAD'
"THANK YOU PAN WESTERN CORP."
CHRIS NIGRO / MANAGER
FOR THE HUGE COMPANY SUPPORT
HAULING DONATED TRAINS TO LAS VEGAS
100% FREE TRUCK SUPPORT FROM PAN WESTERN CORPORATION
MEET THE CHEERFUL PAN WESTERN TRUCKING CREW
POSING WITH LVRRS' FOUNDING CHAIRMAN, TRUDY PLATZER
From the left: Chris Nigro, Jerry Nigro, Trudy Platzer, Noe Sierra, Victor LaRose, Chris Waggoner
CORPORATE PRO-BONO COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS
VISION SIGN INC.: LVRRS' Advisory Board member Billy Blackwell, owner of Bilmar Landscape negotiated with Vision Sign Inc. to team up 'pro bono' with Tropicana Express Resort and with Pan Western Trucking, to help the Las Vegas Railroad Society Museum with loading the donated rolling stock onto 6 truck beds with their cranes.
- Vision Sign Inc. was delighted to help and agreed to offer 100% pro bono support.
- The Vision Sign employee/crane operators teamed up with their boss and decided
to also donate their time to the LVRRS' unique educational cause without getting paid!
- You can see their pictures below!
PAN WESTERN CORP.: LVRRS' Founding Chairman negotiated with Pan Western Corporation to consider teaming up with our major donor 'Tropicana Express Resort', to help to re-locate the entire railroad donation pro bono with their trucks from Laughlin NV, to Las Vegas, NV.
- Moe Truman, CEO of Pan Western immediately embraced the LVRRS just within
a couple of hours after receiving the charity's proposal, and 100% pro bono support
was instantly provided from Pan Western Corporation to relocate donated goods.
- It was a dream come true!
SUNBELT RENTALS was also approached about the 3-day weekend effort in Laughlin, and immediately jumped on the band wagon and provided 75% pro bono support.
After trial and error of trying to find pro bono support all throughout Las vegas, an excellent corporate donation team was now established, ready and prepared to make history happen and undoubtedly, each company succeeded in their own way and established their legendary partnership with the LVRRS.....
- Day One -
PREPARING SIX 40 FOOT TRACK PANELS FOR LOADING....
Taking turn, it was labor of love for LVRRS board members and volunteers - Very hard work,
when they removed Thursday & Friday railroad spikes and track connector plates
in preparation to align one side of rails of six 40' track pannels so that
they could be loaded onto the flatbed trailers..
From left: Lee Beil, LVRRS Treasurer / Bruno Platzer, LVRRS Pres./ Ron Trovato, Volunteer
"I've been workin' on the railroad!"
Once the six 40' rails were aligned, railroad spikes needed to be secured once again, and that was the more difficult job yet, hats off to all, but especially to yesteryear's Chinese laborers.
Below: This was the Plymouth diesel's last important work performance on the Tropicana Express railroad, before the engine is being retired and loaded onto the truck.
As planned and arranged by the LVRRS' President, Bruno Platzer; with help of the diesel engine the 6 rails were moved in place with a chain for easy crane pickup for loading.....
Above: Tropicana Express staff Ron Cramblit points to the railroad engineer inside the diesel locomotive:
"Good job, Roger, now gently pull the front rail forward!" What a great team!
- Day Two -
"JOB WELL DONE GENTLEMEN:"
Another day, working on the railroad. All six 40' track pannels needed to be separated and exposed for Saturday's crane pick up. So, our very special and year-round dedicated volunteer crew removed 240 feet of gravel from all the track pannels to be ready when all trucks are rolling in early next morning. There, they made it! Such dedication to the Las Vegas Railroad Society Museum's educational cause is truly to be admired!
LVRRS Volunteers, from left to right: Gerry Reid, Committee / Lee Beil, LVRRS Treasurer / Ron Trovato, Volunteer / Bruno Platzer, LVRRS President
Was everyone sore? "YES INDEED!" But with a sense of great accomplishment, and driven toward loyalty to our educational charity's mission - vision - goals, which is absolutely priceless. We also received staff volunteer help from Tropicana Express, thank you to all!
- Day Three -
Locals know, we have little rain in Southern Nevada - Guess what - Today, it rained all day!
NOTHING STOPPED 'VISION SIGN INC.' & 'PAN WESTERN'
LOADING SIX PREPARED 40' TRACK PANELS
ONTO SIX TRAILERS
OLLOWED BY LOADING FIRST DONATED RAILROAD CAR
ONTO THE FIRST TRAILER...
Pictured above: The well-spirited Pan Western crew, chatting about the next step
with Bruno Platzer, LVRRS Co-Founder and President (with his usual cowboy hat).
BELOW: LOADING SECOND RAILROAD CAR ONTO THE SECOND TRAILER...
'Vision Sign' cranes are ready, great job!
'Pan Western' lining up their second truck for loading, piece of cake for them!
What a great and utmost professional team, plus, they were smiling all day!
BELOW: LOADING THIRD RAILROAD CAR ONTO THE THIRD TRAILER...