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Deadline nears for museum's spring train excursion

staff report • Apr 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

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 spring train excursion and visit to the Knoxville Zoo on Saturday, May 18. Tickets must be purchased before May 1. Seating is limited.

The price for the excursion is $85 for adults and $80 for children ages 2-12. Infants may ride free. The fee includes bus transportation to and from Knoxville, a 90-minute steam train ride and admission to the Knoxville Zoo.

Passengers should arrive at ETSU’s parking lot 22A on Jack Vest Drive no later than 8 a.m. to travel by motor coach to Knoxville. The Three Rivers Rambler steam train will depart at 10 a.m. and follow a scenic route along the Tennessee River. Upon returning to the station at 11:30 a.m., passengers will board buses and travel to the Knoxville Zoo to picnic or purchase lunch and tour the zoo. Buses will begin loading at 4:30 p.m. for the return to Johnson City, arriving between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Ticket order forms and liability waivers are available at the Carter Railroad Museum on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 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 George L. Carter Chapter, NRHS, and mailed to Duane Swank, Treasurer, 1763 Sylvan Hill Road, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643.

For more information, call (423) 542-8989 or (423) 342-6449 or email duaneharriet@charter.net.

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