Johnson City

Railroad museum features Tennessee train engines

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - East Tennessee State University's George L. Carter Railroad Museum was busier than usual on Saturday as they honored the trains of Tennessee.

The five hour "A 'Tender' Tennessee Christmas" event showcased steam and diesel powered trains in Tennessee, and their coal cars, called "tenders."

The museum always has a model platform set up but the trains going around on Saturday were Clinchfield and Norfolk Southern engines.

There were about 80 people at the event throughout the day.

"We had a very large crowd that I did not expect because it's between the holidays," said Gary Emmert, with the museum. "Last year we didn't have many people, I don't know why."

Emmert told us that visitors had many stories about their own experiences working for the railroads, including a 91-year-old man who talked about railroading in Kingsport.

The museum is dedicated to George L. Carter who built the Clinchfield railroad through to Eastern Kentucky, according to the museum's website.

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