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George L. Carter Railroad Museum

East Tennessee State University



The Wild Heart of West Virginia Rail Adventure 

Day One:

Depart ETSU Johnson City for Elkins, WV

  • Check into Isaac Jackson Hotel (2 nights)
  • Buffet dinner at Steer Steakhouse and show at The Greatest Show on Rails 

Day Two:

  • Warm Continental Breakfast at hotel
  • Depart on the Cass Bald Knob train excursion at the Cass Depot
  • Transfer to the Cheat Mountain Salamander train excursion at Old Spruce
  • Lunch included on board
  • Arrive by train at the Elkins depot
  • Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre

Day Three:

  • Warm Continental Breakfast at hotel
  • Depart for Durbin to ride the Durbin Rocket
  • After lunch depart for Johnson City

Full itinerary of the Rail Adventure Excursion and registration form.

Heritage Days

  • Scheduled for the last Saturday of each month these special events commemorate a particular train showrailroad, area railroads, special railroad types, or those of a particular region of the United States with museum displays and operating model trains representing the heritage theme.
  • Annual calendar of these events is prepared and posted in January

Birthday Parties

  • Families can schedule birthday parties for their children, friends and family
  • Party packages include:
    • 1 hour reserved play time in the museum’s Little Engineers Room
    • 1-2 hours in a decorated party room (building on campus, but not in the museum)
    • Party railroad-themed toys/hats/neckerchiefs  available at extra cost

Rail Excursions

  • Spring and Fall rail excursions are scheduled to area railroads as day trips for the public
  • Excursion packages include:
    • Roundtrip bus ride from ETSU on modern, restroom-equipped motor coaches
    • Ride on trains pulled by steam and/or diesel locomotives in scenic areas
    • Other highlights such as museum tickets, meals, boat rides, etc. as included in the excursion to a particular railroad.

Special Tours

  • Special tours of the museum can be arranged by contacting the director for groups who cannot visit the museum during its regularly scheduled hours of operation.

Special Events

  • The museum’s Cope Memorial Traveling layout is often used to represent the railroad museum and its affiliated organizations at public events such as Johnson City’s Blue Plum Festival and Jonesborough Days.



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