Trainweb 10th Anniversary Party in La
December 8 through 10, 2006
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Many people were already there when
arrived. Below right, Khushi Surve with her dad Shivam Surve.
Soon the speeches started, but not
before the ribbon
cutting. Below right, Linda Mohn, Alisa Kigar, Khushi Surve,
Shivam "Steve" Surve, Barbara Cepinko, Ray Burns, Steve Grande and Ray
Below left, Master of Ceremonies City
of La Plata administrator Ray Ivy, who
introduced different speakers. Below right, Brock Hamilton, a
young man who works the front desk at the Depot Inn, sang the national
anthem. As soon as the speakers started trains started rolling by
very regularly. During one speech, a BNSF engineer made an
unusual horn sound as he must have known what was going on at the
TrainWeb building. There was an unusually large amount of cars
outside the building too.
Below left, La Plata Mayor Larry
Herron., Below right, John Rhein, representing Friends for La
Plata Preservervation (FLPP), an organization involved in the
preservation of the La Plata Amtrak Station.
Below left, Kathy Chinn, Missouri
House of Representatives, District 8. Below right, Jeff Kocar,
president of the Amtrak Historical Society, based in Chicago.
Below left, Alisa Kigar, Executive
Director of the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce. Below right,
Linda Mohn, Executive Director of the Macon Area Chamber of
Commerce. La Plata is in northern Macon County Missouri.
They are excited about the potential of new jobs at the proposed rail
resort and the influx of visitors.
Ray Burns recited the complete
story of the move to La Plata which was like a fairy tale, an event
which had extremely low odds of happening. But it did
happen. A Train Party partner, Shivam Surve, was in Liberty
Missouri looking for a place to move the business to when Tom Marshall,
owner of the Depot Inn called Ray Burns at Train Party to place a large
order for wooden train whistles. Tom identified himself as a
business owner in La Plata Missouri and Ray admitted Shivam was in
Liberty shopping for property. Tom suggested Ray check out La
Plata and even offered him around trip airline ticket to see the
town. Ray resisted but evetually took a one way ticket and
visited town with Shivam. There were meetings on a Sunday and Ray
and Shivam were impressed enough to stay an extra day. After
returning to Southern California, La Plata representatives kept calling
Ray who told them that something was lacking. That something was
the right location and property. Ray told the La Plata
representatives that they had "to pull a rabbit out of their
hat." The BNSF Railway had sold a fertilizer building to the La
Plata Volunteer Fire Department for one dollar. This building was
offered to TrainWeb/Train Party and became their new
headquarters. That transaction became the basis for
the one hundred people to gather on December 9, 2006 to celebrate the
10 year anniversary of TrainWeb.com.
Below right, Tom Marshall, owner of The Depot Inn & Suites.
Tom mentioned how, in the very short time his business has been in
operation, it has rated high of the list at Tripadvisor.com.
Below left, Richard Hamilton, host of
Let's Talk Trains, an Internet radio program dedicated to railroading
and trains. Below right, Ray Burns being interviewed.
With the speeches done, everyone was
invited to have
a buffet lunch. I counted almost 90 people in the room.
Guests were given tours of the building which included the fledgling