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Carter Railroad Museum marks first anniversary

Monday, November 10, 2008November, which is National Model Railroad Month, marks the first anniversary of the dedication of the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University. To celebrate this milestone, the museum invites the public to visit on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the museum’s displays, which include historic prototype railroad memorabilia, toy trains and model railroading locomotives, rolling stock, and structures. Three large operating layouts in three different scales provide viewing enjoyment.

The museum’s model railroads are operated by volunteers from the Mountain Empire Model Railroader club who provide information about local historic railroads and knowledgeable tips on the basics of model railroading.

Devoted to the region’s historical ties to railroads, the museum is dedicated to the memory of George L. Carter who built the Clinchfield Railroad through 275 miles of mountainous terrain to carry coal from Eastern Kentucky. In 1909, when the state’s selection committee visited the area while searching for a site for a proposed teachers college, Carter offered his 120-acre farm and $100,000 toward the establishment of the school, which became ETSU.

The Carter Railroad Museum is located in ETSU’s Campus Center Building. It is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and can be accessed from State of Franklin Road by turning south onto John Robert Bell Drive and then left at the museum entrance beneath the flashing railroad crossing signal. Free parking is available during museum hours.

For further information, contact the museum’s director, Dr. Fred Alsop, at (423) 439-6838 or alsopf@etsu.edu.

  

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