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Labor Day train excursion

JOHNSON CITY (July 11, 2018) – The George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University will partner with the George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society to lead an overnight Labor Day weekend train excursion on three West Virginia railroads Sept. 1-3.

The group will board a motor coach from ETSU on Saturday, Sept. 1. Upon arrival in Elkins, West Virginia, they will enjoy dinner followed by entertainment at the Greatest Show on Rails live production before staying overnight at the Isaac Jackson Hotel. On Sunday, the group will ride the Cass Scenic Railroad, established in 1901 to bring timber to the mill using some of the same-geared Shay locomotives that are still in operation today. Passengers will stop at Whittaker Station before arriving at Old Spruce to transfer to the Cheat Mountain Salamander diesel passenger train named for a small, endangered amphibian whose habitat is the river of the same name. The group will return to Elkins to attend the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre.

On Monday, Sept. 3, passengers will board a bus to Durbin, West Virginia, to ride aboard the Durbin Rocket powered by a rare Heisler 6, a geared steam locomotive pulling 1920s era passenger cars and two cabooses. Following the ride, the group will travel back to Johnson City.

Passengers should arrive at ETSU's parking lot No. 22a on Go Bucs Trail (accessible from Jack Vest Drive or South Greenwood Drive off State of Franklin Road) at 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, to check in and load the bus.

The excursion package for adults and seniors is $625 single occupancy, $490 per person double occupancy (two people sharing a hotel room), $450 triple and $425 quad. The price does not include lunches Saturday or Monday, or tips. 

Ticket order forms and liability waiver forms may be picked up at the Carter Railroad Museum, located in the Campus Center Building at ETSU and open Saturday's from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or printed from the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders website - www.memrr.org.  Click on NRHS, then excursions. A signed liability waiver form must accompany the ticket request form. 

Space is limited. Please submit ticket requests by Aug. 17.

Make check or money order payable to: George L. Carter Chapter, NRHS. Mail the ticket request form along with the signed liability waiver form to: George L. Carter Chapter, NRHS; attn.: Bill Beagen, 1091 Henderson Court, Jonesborough, TN 37659. 

For more information, please contact Bill Began at 423-833-6906 or .  

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