Carter Railroad Museum to hold ‘Thomas’ safety sessions for children

JOHNSON CITY (August 29, 2013) — East Tennessee State University's George L. Carter Railroad Museum will offer a "back to school" rail safety event on Saturday, Sept. 7, for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine.

In addition to special children's displays and Thomas movies on the video monitors, Operation Lifesaver materials will be presented in two sessions, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m., with free materials for participating families. The 20-minute railroad safety lessons will be presented by David Doughty, a longtime Operation Lifesaver instructor.

The 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 100 Ross Drive.

For online information about the museum, visit

The Mountain Empire Model Railroaders (MEMRR) club and the George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society work in conjunction with the museum to demonstrate and maintain the model layouts, museum exhibits and other projects. Visit to learn more about MEMRR.

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

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