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George L. Carter Railroad Museum

East Tennessee State University


George L. Carter Museum and NRHS Steam Rail Excursion: Tuckasegee River Excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

On Saturday, November 12, the George L Carter Chapter of the NRHS and the George L. Carter Railroad Museum, ETSU, will sponsor a "STEAM RAIL EXCURSION" on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Join us for a relaxing train ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4-hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City Depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!

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About the Museum

November, which is National Model Railroad Month, marks the anniversary of the 2007 dedication of the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University.

Annually thousands of visitors enjoy the museum’s displays, which include historic prototype railroad memorabilia, toy trains and model railroading locomotives, rolling stock, and structures. Four large operating layouts in three different scales provide viewing enjoyment in the museum’s 5,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.

The museum’s model railroads are operated by volunteers from the Mountain Empire Model Railroader club  (MEMRR) who provide information about local historic railroads and knowledgeable tips on the basics of model railroading. In addition, two railroad historical societies are affiliated with the museum; the
George L. Carter Chapter National Railway Historical Society and the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad Historical Society.

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 277 miles of mountainous terrain to carry coal from Eastern Kentucky to the Carolina Piedmont. 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 normal school, which became ETSU.  There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. 

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

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