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Carter Railroad Museum to hold holiday workshops

Wednesday, November 26, 2008JOHNSON CITY— “The approaching holiday season has many traditions,” says Dr. Fred Alsop, director of the George L. Carter Railroad Museum, “and one of the strongest images is that of a toy train circling a festively decorated tree.”

To help carry on this tradition, East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will present a series of mini-workshops on two Saturdays, Dec. 6 and 13.

Members of the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders will offer workshops and demonstrations on selecting the appropriate train set for children of all ages, from wooden toys to a first electric train, and will have on exhibit several train sets of various scales suitable for different aged owners and operators.

In addition, there will be a variety of 15-20 minute mini-workshops each day to teach some of the skills involved in model railroading. The topics covered will include: the basics of track laying; soldering techniques; improving rolling stock wheels, couplers and weight; painting and positioning “little people”; building trees, shrubs and ground cover; weathering buildings, freight cars and locomotives; DCC decoder installation; modeling water and rocks; and many more.

The railroad museum’s exhibit hall will be open with its operating N, HO, and G scale layouts as well.

The free workshops and demonstrations are open to the public and will be offered throughout the museum’s normal Saturday operating hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Carter Railroad Museum is located in the ETSU Campus Center Building (Old College of Medicine Building and formerly the Student Union). On Dec. 6, the museum can be accessed from State of Franklin Road by turning south onto John Robert Bell Drive and then left at the tall brick smokestack to the museum entrance beneath the flashing railroad crossing signal. ETSU commencement exercises will be in progress during workshop hours on Dec. 13, so alternate routes to the railroad museum must be used. Free parking is available during museum hours.

For further information, contact Alsop at (423) 439-6838 or


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