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November, which is National Model Railroad Month, marks the second anniversary of the dedication of the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University.

Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the museum’s displays, which include historic prototype railroad memorabilia, toy trains and model railroading locomotives, rolling stock, and structures. Three large operating layouts in three different scales provide viewing enjoyment.

The museum’s model railroads are operated by volunteers from the Mountain Empire Model Railroader club who provide information about local historic railroads and knowledgeable tips on the basics of model railroading.

Devoted to the region’s historical ties to railroads, the museum is dedicated to the memory of George L. Carter who built the Clinchfield Railroad through 275 miles of mountainous terrain to carry coal from Eastern Kentucky. In 1909, when the state’s selection committee visited the area while searching for a site for a proposed teachers college, Carter offered his 120-acre farm and $100,000 toward the establishment of the school, which became ETSU.

Watch the promotional reel highlighting the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University.

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