EASLEY — Bob Fedder of the Easley Downtown Business Association unveiled the organization’s latest venture to encourage more people to walk, eat and shop downtown: Trains on Main.
Modeled in part after Greenville’s successful “Mice on Main,” 12 bronzed, H.O. scale train cars will be placed at various locations in the downtown area along with a plaque describing the cars.
An illustrated storybook accompanies the train walk and directs participants to the next location.
Think “scavenger hunt” — for trains.
“The story is that Engineer Jim woke up this morning and forgot where he parked his train. Can you help him find it?,” Fedder said.
The train’s engine will be located at city hall, the caboose will be at the museum and 10 freight cars will be placed “all over downtown,” he said.
It’s a project the EDBA has been working on for almost two years.
“Anything that gets people to walk around downtown is a good thing,” said Fedder. “It’s more feet on the street, more attention, more people eating lunch here and more people out shopping in our businesses. It promotes Easley.”
Fedder stated the train cars had all been delivered with the exception of two freight cars — one that had to be sent back and one that had yet to be delivered.
Although the EDBA spearheaded the project, Fedder stressed it was a group effort.
“It’s been a collaboration between the city, the community and the Easley Downtown Business Association,” said Fedder who also thanked Easley City Councilman Kent Dykes and president of The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce Cindy Hopkins for their help and involvement.
The EDBA hopes to have the unveiling of the trains in conjunction with the ribbon cutting for the newest segment of The Doodle Trail that extends downtown.
“I think we’re on par to have everything done by then,” he said.
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