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Railroad Museum to feature ‘Yankee Rivals’ exhibit

East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will hold a Heritage Day on Saturday, April 28.
Fierce competitors for rail traffic in the northeast will be honored at a “Yankee Rivals” exhibition. Equipment from the Pennsylvania Railroad, the New York Central Lines and the Baltimore & Ohio will be on display.
At their height, these three operations employed tens of thousands of people and maintained miles of tracks from Canada to the Mississippi Valley. They were serious competitors for luxury travel, on-time shipments and access to the western lines that continued to the Pacific. Fans of these predecessors of today’s Norfolk Southern and CSX lines will appreciate the legendary Broadway, Capital and 20th Century limited passenger trains as well as the lines’ movement of ores, coal and steel across the Midwest.
Vintage trains, created and painted like the originals, will be displayed and operated on the large 1:87 HO scale layout. Adjacent exhibits will showcase artifacts from each of the trio of railway lines. Archival footage will be played on screens in the museum’s main hall, and children can play with models of popular engines like Thomas and James in the activity room.
The Carter Railroad Museum is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about the event, call 439-6838.