George L. Carter Railroad Museum

George L. Carter Railroad Museum Located on the main campus of East Tennessee State University, the George L. Carter Railroad Museum has been providing hours of family enjoyment for more than five years.The Railroad Museum is known as Johnson City's most well keep secret.

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Thank you to the Johnson City Press for spreading the word about our trip next month. If you are interested be sure to c...
09/30/2021
ETSU Carter Railroad Museum will sponsor fall train excursion, river cruise in October

Thank you to the Johnson City Press for spreading the word about our trip next month. If you are interested be sure to check out the additional information and travel form at the excursions link on our website at memrr.org.

The George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) and East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will sponsor a scenic train excursion and riverboat

09/29/2021

We made it to the midway point for the week as we continue our Heritage Day coverage for the Appalachian Way, Movers in the Mountains as we catch a few movers going through the mountains with a train of loaded boxcars heading down the mountain on the way to Blackwater while coming up the mountain we see Clinchfield Challenger #670 passing the freight train leading the charge on a fully loaded coal train heading up and over the mountain on the way back to the main yard where the train will be broken down and put on to other trains heading for stations to top off the coal bunkers and towers while a majority of the train will be heading out with another freight heading for the local power station. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

Even on the ET&WNC accidents did happen. Here we see ET&WNC #207 ((now Southern #630)) being looked over by her crew aft...
09/29/2021

Even on the ET&WNC accidents did happen. Here we see ET&WNC #207 ((now Southern #630)) being looked over by her crew after being put on the ground somewhere between Elizabethton and Johnson City during a move with some freight cars. Seems could be on the edge of the Johnson City yard but not certain.

This can be categorized into the file of “whoops” or “that didn’t go like we had planned”.

The day for the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina crew just got longer as they check out the 207 (630) on the ground between Johnson City & Elizabethton in 1962.

Photographer unknown

Tweetsie Layout Update: some great headway has been made on Elk Park with the completion of not just one but two more sh...
09/29/2021

Tweetsie Layout Update: some great headway has been made on Elk Park with the completion of not just one but two more shops to the main street row. The new buildings include the A.F. Brinkley Barbershop which also shares a building with the United States Post Office and the other building sitting next door is the J.R. McLineback Hardware Store. Both buildings have been completely assembled and weathered by Dr. Fred Alsop and once completed were added to the module helping bring the area that much closer to completion. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/28/2021

Continuing our Heritage Day coverage for the Appalachian Way, Movers in the Mountains we head over to the ET&WNC taking our own trip into the mountains venturing into Doe River Gorge climbing up towards Blevins Crossing where we catch LRR #6 leading one of the passenger trains going up into the mountains after departing from the Hampton Depot where the locomotive took on more water from the water tank before the long climb. After taking on more passengers the train departed winding through the gorge on the way to the next station while also allowing a freight train going down the mountain to pass once the main line is clear. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

Even with Fall upon us things are still looking pretty green on this Heritage Day edition of Tail End Tuesday.
09/28/2021

Even with Fall upon us things are still looking pretty green on this Heritage Day edition of Tail End Tuesday.

Even with Fall upon us things are still looking pretty green on this Heritage Day edition of Tail End Tuesday.

09/27/2021

Going into the work week we start off over at Alsop Gorge looking over the two bridges that span over the gap where we catch L&N ((Louisville and Nashville)) #1414 as it works a local freight coming out of Haynes Yard taking the mix of empty and loaded cars across the bridge to the Three Falls Tunnel oh the way back to the main yard for the MEMRR where the train will be broken down moving the loaded freight cars over to the terminal to be unloaded while the empty cars are placed on a siding waiting for their next loads to take out. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

MEMRR Layout Update: the first bit of the track work has been started up on the logging loop above the northeast tunnel....
09/27/2021

MEMRR Layout Update: the first bit of the track work has been started up on the logging loop above the northeast tunnel. The passing siding behind the mountain has been put in along with the switches being mounted to the tortoise machines to control the switches. The track then goes through the mountain cut and curves past where the camp will soon be. Although not a lot of track work it is a great start getting the area ready to have trains rolling once more on the loop. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/26/2021

Continuing our Heritage Day event coverage going into this Sunday evening we head over to Rogersville where we catch one of the passenger trains for the day between the excursions and regular services one these trains of which are being lead by Southern Railway #4501 as it departs the station with the Crescent Limited consist pulling away from the platform heading for the next station along the route before it and another special meet up for a photo runby. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/25/2021

We would like to thank everyone for coming out to see us today for our Heritage Day event as we covered the Appalachian Way across out layouts which also brings a whole new batch of videos. To kick off this coverage we head over to Haynes to catch not only our first train but some new arrivals which are two GP-60s, CSX #6899 and CSX #6898 which make their debut on one of the scheduled freight trains taking a line of loaded boxcars down from Little Cheyenne and heads for Johnson City to deliver the cargo to the yard and the local industries behind the station. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/24/2021

With the weekend now upon us we head out once more to Gilliam Yard where some CSX power backs down on to one of the outbound trains as the crews check out the train before departure while out on the main line we see a doubleheader of Southern #3207 and Southern #2733 leading a train down the grade from the mountain yard as it passes through Little Cheyenne on the way to Haynes to deliver the consist. We hope everyone enjoyed this week's coverage and hope you all will Join us tomorrow for our Heritage Day event for Appalachian Way, Movers in the Mountains during our normal business hours of 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Stay tuned for more updates and videos including our Heritage Day coverage coming soon!!

09/23/2021

For the Thursday Night Work Crew Video of the week we head over to Haynes just outside the yard looking over the main line just in time to catch a power lash up of Santa Fe A unit #43C, Santa Fe B unit #43B and Santa Fe A unit #38 as it glides past with a loaded freight train mainly of loaded re**ers picked up from Blackwater and the S&S Freight Terminal heading for Rogersville to deliver to the Federal Cold Storage Inc passing a Clinchfield coal train along the way. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/22/2021

We made it through hump day meaning it is all downhill now towards the weekend and also our Heritage Day event for Appalachian Way, Movers in the Mountains though for now we have some of our Midwest power working the line with Nickel Plate Road #759 picking up re**er cars from the Carter Ice Cream Factory in Johnson City as it backs down on to its train while out on the main line Nickel Plate Road #717 rushes past with a fast freight out Rogersville as it heads for the mountains and the mountain yard to deliver the train to drop some of the rear cars before taking on additional freight cars which will be taken further down the line. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/21/2021

Continuing through the work week we venture out on to the trestle looking towards the steel bridge heading over Alsop Gorge when we see a tripleheader of Portland Western #2302, Portland Western #2303 and Portland Western #2315 as it rounds the bend coming out of Haynes bringing down a long line of loaded boxcars picked up from the S&S Freight Terminal as the train makes the journey down head back for the main yard to deliver the consist as it disappears into the Three Falls Tunnel. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

ETSU’s Carter Railroad Museum to sponsor a fall train excursion on October 30, 2021JOHNSON CITY – The George L. Carter C...
09/21/2021

ETSU’s Carter Railroad Museum to sponsor a fall train excursion on October 30, 2021
JOHNSON CITY – The George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) and East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will sponsor a scenic train excursion and Riverboat Cruise to Knoxville on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Tickets must be purchased no later than October 15. The price for the excursion is $95 for adults and $85 for children ages 3-12, children ages 2 and under may ride free. The fee includes bus transportation to and from Knoxville, a 90-minute train ride and a luncheon cruise on the Tennessee Paddlewheel Riverboat, The Star of Knoxville.
Passengers should arrive at ETSU’s parking lot 22A on Go Bucs Trail no later than 7:30 a.m. to travel by modern motor coach to Knoxville. The Three Rivers Rambler train will depart at 10:30 a.m. and follow a scenic route along the Tennessee River to its origin. Upon returning to the boat landing at noon., passengers will be delivered to the Tennessee Riverboat Company for the luncheon cruise. Upon returning from the riverboat cruise, the buses will begin loading at 2:30 p.m. for departure at 3:00 p.m. for the return to Johnson City, arriving around 5:30 p.m.
Ticket order forms and liability waivers are available at the Carter Railroad Museum on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or online at the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders website at www.memrr.org by choosing “NRHS News” and then “Ticket Order Form.” A signed liability waiver form must accompany the ticket request.
Payment may be made by check or money order payable to the G. L. Carter Chapter, NRHS, and mailed to G. L. Carter Chapter, NRHS; attn.: Carolyn Gregg, 460 Plainview Heights Circle, Greeneville, TN 37745.
For more information, contact Carolyn Gregg at (423) 639-3966 or email her at
[email protected]
For more information and for the application form check out the Excursions link at memrr.org website.

09/20/2021

Starting out this coverage for the work week we watch from Little Cheyenne walking over the tops of boxcars lining the sidings of Gilliam Yard when Union Pacific DD40X Centennial #6900 rolls into view with loads from Heaton Yard including loaded flatbeds of wood from the sawmill as the consist passes through town heading down the mountain heading for Haynes to drop the train in the yard. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

Are you!?
09/20/2021

Are you!?

Are you!?

09/19/2021

As we roll into this Sunday evening we head out to Haynes following along the main line as it runs parallel to the yard where trucks can be seen be loaded up in the background taking on stacks of wood panels off of flatbeds just off screen when we see Norfolk and Western #2180 roll into view taking an excursion train with a consist of Rio Grande around the MEMRR currently running at reduced speed due to track work up ahead going into the mountains. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/19/2021
LOCOMOTIVE 81 IS DONE!

Congratulations to the Nevada Northern Railroad on their completion on the restoration of engine #81 breathing life back into another magnificent locomotive.

09/18/2021

We would like to thank everyone for coming out to see us today as we are happy to bring you all a new batch of videos for the week. Starting things out in Bo Town where a Union Pacific Big Boy waits in the siding to depart with an outbound freight when coming down the line from the other direction Canadian National #3721 comes out of the Three Falls Tunnel bringing down a freight train from Gilliam Yard heading for Rogersville to drop off the load at the depot. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/17/2021

Heading into the weekend we head to the signal box outside of Blackwater where Pennsylvania #4315 rumbles past with a heavy freight train consisting of freight cars picked up from both Rogersville and the mountain yard now heading down the grade to reach Gilliam Yard to delivering part of the train there and pick up another string of outbound cars that will be tacked on to the rear of the train to go on with the remaining consist to Haynes. We hope everyone enjoyed this week's coverage and hope to see you all tomorrow during our normal business hours of 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

We’re leading the weekend with Clinchfield #2002 for Front End Friday!!
09/17/2021

We’re leading the weekend with Clinchfield #2002 for Front End Friday!!

We’re leading the weekend with Clinchfield #2002 for Front End Friday!!

09/16/2021

For the Thursday Night Work Crew Video of the Week we head out to Bo Town where the tracks are busy with a freight train heading for Rogersville while Clinchfield #807 waits for departure with its own train when a lash up of Rio Grande A unit #601, Rio Grande unnumbered B unit and Rio Grande A unit #600 passes on the main line with the California Zephyr passenger train leaving Johnson City as part of one of the express services assigned for the day as it heads for the next stop at the station in Blackwater. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/15/2021

With the week now at the midway point we take a stroll out to the yard limits for Gilliam Yard where the sidings are packed with inbound and outbound trains when coming into Little Cheyenne we catch CSX #4049 bringing up a freight train from Haynes Yard as it passes by the yard heading further up the mountain grade to reach the mountain yard to deliver the consist to the yard then moving the covered hoppers over to the mill before picking up another freight train to take on to Johnson City. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/14/2021

Continuing through the week we head out to the valley just past the tunnel heading for the bridge where some local railfans get into position just in time to catch GM Electromotive GP-20 demonstrator #5625 and Southern Pacific #7236 on point for a freight train of loaded boxcars while Southern Pacific #7234 pushes from behind providing helper service taking the consist over the mountain from the S&S Freight Terminal on the way to Johnson City where #7234 will uncouple from the rear taking some of the cars into town for delivery while the doubleheader continues with the remaining cars to deliver to Rogersville Yard. Stay tuned form more updates and videos coming soon!!

Best seat in the house on this Tail End Tuesday.
09/14/2021

Best seat in the house on this Tail End Tuesday.

Best seat in the house on this Tail End Tuesday.

09/13/2021

Starting out the work week for this Monday we are just outside of Johnson City where a local power line worker has a great view of the activity on the main line as one freight train passes while on the other track we see Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern class locomotive #3760 working with Santa Fe A unit #43C, Santa Fe B unit #43B, Santa Fe B unit #38B and Santa Fe A unit #38 to take out a long and heavy freight train out of the main yard as in heads first to Rogersville to drop off part of the re**ers before collecting additional cars to take on up the mountain to deliver to Little Cheyenne. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

It would have been easier but probably not as epic lol.
09/13/2021

It would have been easier but probably not as epic lol.

It would have been easier but probably not as epic lol.

09/12/2021

Closing out the weekend we head over to Richland at the downtown station where we can see the town buzzing with activity while out on the main line we catch New York Central Mohawk #3144 as it thunders past with the Pacemaker service highballing with the high priority freight picked up from the S&S Freight Terminal back in Blackwater as the train now heads for the main yard to deliver the cargo on board to the freight depot. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon!!

09/11/2021

We would like to thank everyone who came out to see us today even through all the game day traffic and for those unable to make it out, don't you threat as we have a haul of new videos for the week. To start us off we follow through the countryside on the approach to Haynes just outside the yard where we see a special excursion train being lead by Baltimore and Ohio #1400 taking the consist of open air passenger cars along with a couple of vintage wooden passenger out of the mountains from Gilliam Yard to pick up the first passengers in Richland. Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming soon.

20 years ago today 2977 lives were lost and many more were altered by the events of one of the worst days in American hi...
09/11/2021

20 years ago today 2977 lives were lost and many more were altered by the events of one of the worst days in American history. So many hugged or spoke with their loved ones on what seemed like a normal morning on their way to catch an early morning flight or on their way to work including first responders who were preparing for their shifts only to never see past 10:00 AM on that infamous day. Today we honor and remember those that were lost and their families. We have not forgotten and we never will.

20 years ago today 2977 lives were lost and many more were altered by the events of one of the worst days in American history. So many hugged or spoke with their loved ones on what seemed like a normal morning on their way to catch an early morning flight or on their way to work including first responders who were preparing for their shifts only to never see past 10:00 AM on that infamous day. Today we honor and remember those that were lost and their families. We have not forgotten and we never will.

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Just a reminder to anyone interested in attending my free history talk about the "Slow & Easy" on October 15, 2019: an R.S.V.P. to Hollie Cook at Knox Heritage is required. Please email [email protected] or call Hollie at (865) 523-8008 extension 3 with your number of attendees. If less than 40 are in attendance, the talk will be held inside of Historic Westwood on Kingston Pike. If over 40 come, then the event will move just next door at Laurel Church of Christ. Please R.S.V.P. if you will be attending. Thanks!!!
Greetings from your #1 Fan in Atlanta. Wanted to say thanks to all of you at the Museum. What you have accomplished to keep the Johnson City and Carter railroad heritage alive is truly phenomenal. The ET&WNC layout is really impressive.....and the museum is always a joy to visit.
I sent a private message but figure other people may be wondering the same thing, so I thought I'd also ask publicly: Will the museum be open during its regular hours of 10 - 3 this Saturday, December 22nd?
Thanks For Having The Open House Today To Mark The Passing Of A Great Man George L Carter Here Is A Video I Posted To YouTube
We were at the museum Saturday and came home with mismatched shoes after playing in the little engineer's room. Did anyone else get mixed up shoes? We are missing a red and black size 2 Skechers boy's shoe, and got this shoe from someone else by mistake. If you have our shoe and want to swap, send me a message. Thanks!