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George L. Carter Railroad Museum

East Tennessee State University


Big Train Show

On June 2-3 the George L. Carter Railroad Museum will sponsor a Big Train Show in the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center, a.k.a. ETSU's Memorial Center "Mini-Dome", with more than 64,000 square feet of display space.

Free parking is available in the Student Parking Garage. 

Additional information and a vendor registration form can be found at Mountain Empire Model Railroaders, the G. L. Carter NRHS chapter website, and the link below.

Information and Vendor Registration Form


Heritage Days

  • Scheduled for the last Saturday of each month these special events commemorate a particular railroad, 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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