JOHNSON CITY (April 22, 2014) — East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will hold its April Heritage Day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with displays devoted to “Norfolk & Western, Then & Now.”
The Roanoke, Va.-based Norfolk & Western railway company is now known as Norfolk Southern. In 2012, the railroad devoted a group of new locomotives to honor its corporate past. These engines were painted to look similar to those of their predecessor lines, such as the Interstate, Nickel Plate, Wabash and Central of Georgia.
The museum will run model trains, including steam engines from the past, when the N&W was the sole major United States railroad still using them. Also featured will be Heritage painted modern diesels.
Geoff Stunkard, coordinator of the museum’s Heritage Days program, says, “This will be one of our highlight events for 2014, as there is so much variety in the two eras we are showcasing. The colorful new engines seen on the Norfolk Southern mainline throughout the area are actively pursued by rail photographers. We hope to have an outstanding group representing the Heritage trains, as well as representatives of steam power from yesterday’s operations.”
The N&W was respected by its employees and fans on both Wall Street and Main Street. Operating from the coal regions of Appalachia to Virginia’s tidewater ports and into the Midwest, the N&W worked to get the job done. While other railroads converted to diesels, the N&W steam program allowed it to continue until the 1950s, when combining with the Southern Railway allowed it to become one of today’s “super systems” in American railroading.
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. Visit www.memrr.org to learn more about MEMRR, which helps demonstrate and maintain the model layouts, museum exhibits and other projects.
The Carter Railroad Museum is open every Saturday 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 at the back entrance to the Campus Center Building. Visitors should enter ETSU’s campus from State of Franklin Road onto Jack Vest Drive and continue east to 176 Ross Drive.
For information about the museum, visit http://johnsonsdepot.com/glcarter/cartermuseum.htm.
For more information about the event, contact Dr. Fred Alsop, Carter Railroad Museum director, at (423) 439-6838 or firstname.lastname@example.org . For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.