JOHNSON CITY — The legendary Southern Railway, along with many other railroads across the Southeast, will spotlight Heritage Day Oct. 29 at the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University.
“Southern vacation destinations have generated competitive rail traffic since the railroad began, not to mention things like produce and other perishables,” said Geoff Stunkard, Heritage Days coordinator for the museum. “This resulted in fast schedules and colorful equipment, so we’re looking forward to showcasing yesterday’s and today’s trains for this special event.”
This heritage day also serves as the official introduction to the museum’s latest display of full-size and advertising tractors and trucks. These include limited-production models made by Franklin Mint and others, as well as commercial trucks with advertising. It is made possible by the gift of Dick and Ginger Curran, who donated this collection in memory of her father, Edmund “Ed” Ihlow.
“The tractor exhibit was truly an honor to receive,” said museum director Fred Alsop. “These are mostly museum-quality products, some of which Mr. Ihlow has never opened for display, and a few that are as large as 1/8 scale. From John Deer to Farmall, it’s already proven popular, and it’s a great day to let the public know about our latest display showcasing historic technology.
The Carter Railroad Museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes model railroad plans, a special children’s activity room, and ongoing programs. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
The museum can be identified by a flashing railroad crossing signal at the rear entrance of the Campus Center Building. Visitors should enter the ETSU campus from State of Franklin Road on Jack Vest Drive and proceed east toward 176 Ross Drive, next to the flashing railroad crossing sign.
For more information on Heritage Day, contact Dr. Fred Alsop at (423) 439-6838 or [email protected] For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Disability Services Office at (423) 439-8346.