Carter Railroad Museum celebrates anniversary, November Heritage Day


JOHNSON CITY (November 11, 2013) — East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will celebrate its sixth anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 16, as well as the regular Heritage Day on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Dr. Fred Alsop, the museum’s director, says, “We have greatly enjoyed both the pleasures and challenges the museum has presented over the years, and we really wanted to pull the stops out for a couple of special days in November. The events we are planning this month should entertain everyone who comes to the museum.”

Alsop adds, “We also celebrate National Model Railroad Month in November.”

The Nov. 16 event, which will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature an exhibit on the history of model trains, with special equipment running on the HO scale layout, as well as guided tours of the ET&WNC railroad scale model exhibit, which encompasses 1,300 square feet and honors one of the most remembered rail lines in the region, the Tweetsie. Construction of this display is ongoing.

In addition, the Little Engineers Room will host a Thomas the Tank Engine Film Fest, with both short features and the full-length version of “Thomas and Friends: King of the Railway.” The free movie showings are scheduled for 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. The toys and games in the room will be available, as well as other special events for children.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, the museum will host its free Heritage Day by highlighting the Norfolk & Western (N&W) and modern Norfolk Southern railways on the HO scale layouts, from the steam era to the latest heritage locomotives. Special O. Winston Link and N&W-oriented films will be shown. The public is invited to bring in any artifacts from this operation to share.

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.

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 at the back entrance to the Campus Center Building at 176 Ross Drive.

For online information about the museum, visit

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

For more information about the events, contact Alsop at (423) 439-6838 or . For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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