The Mountain Empire Model Railroaders, in conjunction with the George L. Carter Railroad Museum on the campus of East Tennessee State University, have set the final Saturday of each month as Railroad Heritage Days, a tribute day to specific American railroads and regions.
Admission is free at the Carter Railroad Museum. The museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and can be identified by a flashing railroad crossing signal.
On each Heritage Day, club members will bring specific models for operation on the extensive model railroad constructed of modular sections scaled to a 1.87:1 standard.
The first Heritage Day, on Jan. 29, will focus on regional Appalachian lines, such as the Interstate, the Clinchfield, the Louisville and Nashville, the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, the Norfolk & Western, the Southern and others.
Called Hootin in the Hollers An Appalachian Remembrance, the trains in operation may include long coal drags, merchandise and red ball fast freights, mixed trains, and through passenger runs.
For more information, contact the Museum Director, Dr. Fred Alsop, at 439-6838.