On Saturday, Nov. 26, East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum’s monthly Heritage Day will feature “Tribute to the Clinchfield.”
Traditionally, the last weekend in November is a celebration of the Clinchfield line, which later became part of today’s CSX railroad. This year, the transportation conglomerate has significantly reduced the use of the line due to challenges facing the eastern coal industry. Examples of some of the Clinchfield’s equipment will return to action in miniature form during Heritage Day and Clinchfield equipment remains part of the permanent cabinet displays.
The George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and members of the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders (MEMRR) club are developing the program on the club’s large 24×44 1:87 HO scale layout, one of four model lines that are housed in the museum.
The Carter Railroad Museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 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. Visitors should enter ETSU’s campus from State of Franklin Road onto Jack Vest Drive and continue east to 176 Ross Drive, adjacent to the flashing RR crossing sign.
To learn more about the museum, visit http://johnsonsdepot.com/glcarter/cartermuseum. Visit www.memrr.org to learn more about MEMRR, which helps demonstrate and maintain the model layouts, museum exhibits and other projects.
For more information about Heritage Day, contact Dr. Fred Alsop, museum director, at 423-439-6838 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.