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Carter Railroad Museum’s September Heritage Day focuses on Atlanta

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JOHNSON CITY (September 23, 2013) — East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will hold its free September Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 28, when the museum presents “Atlanta’s Loop: The Unbroken Circle of Classic Railroading.”

Many notable railroads entered Atlanta on a circular beltway that allowed traffic to move through what are now heavily populated regions. The lines included the Southern; the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis;   the Louisville & Nashville; the Seaboard; and smaller operations.

“Atlanta was an easy choice as a city to highlight because it has both variety and history associated with its railroading,” says Geoff Stunkard, the coordinator of the museum’s Heritage Days program. “When steam was’ king’, there was no end to what you might see, and even today, both Norfolk Southern and CSX maintain huge switching operations in the Atlanta area.”

Members of the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders (MEMRR) club and the George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society are coordinating the program. Atlanta regional equipment will be running on the large HO scale layout, one of four model lines housed in the museum. Display cabinets will feature books and schedules showing Atlanta regional railroading, and videos will show Atlanta railroads.

Carter Railroad Museum is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. The museum can be identified by a flashing railroad crossing signal over the back entrance to the Campus Center Building at 176 Ross Drive.

The museum includes model railroad layouts and a children’s activity room. In addition, museum volunteers are asking the public for artifacts for the museum’s newest addition, dedicated to the “Tweetsie” line, officially known as the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. The room is still under construction, but guided tours of the room will be offered on Heritage Day.

For online information about the museum, visit http://johnsonsdepot.com/glcarter/cartermuseum.htm.

The MEMRR club works in conjunction with the museum to demonstrate and maintain the model layouts, museum exhibits and other projects. Visit www.memrr.org to learn more about the group.

For more information about the event or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact Dr. Fred Alsop, the museum’s director, at (423) 439-6838 or .