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ETSU’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum to hold free model railroad clinics in November

JOHNSON CITY—November is not only National Model Railroad Month, but also the third anniversary of East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum.

As part of the museum’s celebration, free clinics for model railroading will be offered every Saturday in November. Members of the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders will lead the sessions.

On Nov. 6, the clinics will include a 10:30 a.m. session, Making Deciduous Trees; 1:30 p.m., Passenger Car Lighting; and 2:30 p.m., Water Effects—Making a Pond.

The Nov. 13 presentations include 10:30 a.m., DC (Analog) Train Operation; 11 a.m., Making Fir Trees; 11:30 a.m., Dyeing Sawdust for Scenery; 1:30 p.m., Photographing Models; and 2 p.m., DCC (Digital Command Control).

Nov. 20 sessions include 10:30 a.m., Making Fir Trees; 11:30 a.m., Soldering Tips; and 1:30 p.m., Weathering with Oils. A simultaneous storytelling event will allow visitors to record their remembrances of the area’s railroad history.

The final workshop, at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 27, is Molding Rocks.

Other topics being organized will include electrical wiring, tuning up rolling stock, making wire trees and track-laying.

Regular exhibits on display in November encompass multiple-scale operating model railroad layouts, educational railroad displays and the Little Engineers Room, a child-friendly playroom featuring Thomas-the-Tank Engine.

The Carter Railroad Museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free, and the museum entrance is marked by a flashing railroad crossing signal. Find the museum by entering ETSU’s campus from State of Franklin Road onto John Robert Bell Drive and turning left onto Ross Drive.

For further information on clinic times and topics, contact Dr. Fred Alsop, the museum’s director, at (423) 439-6838.