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Celebrate the Century Express stopped at Southeastern Railway Museum

The U. S. Postal Service special Celebrate the Century Express train stopped at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth during the last weekend in October while completing the final leg of a two-year nationwide education tour.

To date, some 58,000 people have visited the CTC Express, which is a specially outfitted four-car Amtrak train bearing colorful images of U.S. postage stamps and housing multimedia, educational exhibits.

The exhibit was open to the public Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday, October 28, from noon until 6 p.m. Field trips, which included a tour of the CTC Express and the museumís exhibit hall as well as other special ďEducation DayĒ activities, were scheduled on Friday morning for local school groups.

U.S. Senator Max Cleland, Duluth Mayor Shirley Fanning-Lasseter, Duluth Postmaster Michael Welch, and USPS Atlanta District Manager Anderson Hodges, Jr. were among the featured speakers at the 11 a.m. Welcome Ceremony, to which the public attended, on Saturday, October 28.

The train included an Amtrak P42 Genesis series diesel-electric locomotive, a modern exhibit car featuring multimedia displays showcasing how commemorative stamps bring American history to life, a restored Railway Post Office (RPO) car, business car Georgia 300 which once ran on the Georgia Railroad, and a baggage car.

The RPO car was loaned by noted rail historian James Bistline, of Alexandria, Virginia. The car was operational and in service until the 1970s and has been restored for use on the CTC tour. Bistline is a life member of the Atlanta Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, which owns and operates the museum.

Georgia Power #97, a 1943 steam switch engine pulled the museumís on-site caboose train throughout the event. The museumís exhibit hall and outdoor rolling stock exhibits were also open.

Through the travels of the Celebrate the Century Express, the issuance of a series of 150 commemorative stamps, and the development of one of the largest-ever independent, cross-curricular education projects, the Celebrate the Century Program highlights some of the most memorable and significant people, places, events and trends of each decade of the 20th century.


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