Stable Work Environment
For many years the museum has provided a stable work environment for its longtime employees Terry Hyson, Margaret Wilkins, Jeff Sydow, Robert Rhyndress, and Raymond Allen.
Terry Hyson says if the place shuts down, he’ll be pounding the streets in search of work.
“I should probably retire, but I never had a job until I came to Middleton,” he said. “It’s such a great relief to me to have work. I’d be bored out of my skull. This place means everything to me. I came here with Ron and I’ve been here ever since.”
Ron Johnson founded the train station museum nearly 20 years ago with the intention to offer a place where people could be seen for their gifts, rather than their differences.
Johnson managed the affairs of the museum and helped facilitate the daily routines at the station.
Future View, the board that oversees the station, needs new volunteers to assist as board members, in writing grant proposals, and helping with the day-to-day operations of the museum.
“We need a supervisor,” said Hyson. “We need someone to come and work here and decide the things that need to get done.”
Memory Lane Railway Station in Middleton has a large collection of Dominion Atlantic Railway memorabilia and other items such as old farm tools, model railways, historical books, and manuscripts. And of course there are working model trains everywhere.