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Southeastern Railway Museum TE Project Groundbreaking

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2002

The museum is pleased to announce that it will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of it's federally funded Transportation Equity (TE) project on Friday, December 27, 2002 at 2pm at the Museum. The public is invited. 

Phase II will include expansion of the main exhibit hall for additional exhibit space, meeting/education space and an improved gift shop. This phase will also convert an existing building into a second exhibit hall. Improvements to walkways and drainage systems are also planned as part of Phase II.

Mathias Construction of Duluth will provide construction services. Construction has begun and is scheduled to be complete early 2nd quarter 2003. 

Alpha Design Inc. of Lilburn is providing architectural services for Phase II. Alpha Design Inc. has been providing architectural services to Southeastern Railway Museum since 1998. 

The TE grant was awarded to the museum in August of 1999. The grant program is a part of the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. The local sponsor for the program is Gwinnett County. Local matching funds for the TE project are based on donations and funds set aside from the 1998 sale of the museumís former site. 

Phase I of the museum's TE project, completed earlier this year, included the installation of a fire suppression system and the upgrade of monitoring systems in the main exhibit hall. Phase II renovations will be the largest project undertaken at the museum since the 1998 relocation and renovation of the current facility. The museum is located on the 30 acre site of the former Atlanta Railcar Services Co. which was donated to the museum in 1998 by Mr. Frank Ewing.

Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Peachtree Road, Duluth, 770-476-2013. Open since 1970, the museum has been designated "Georgia's Official Transportation History Museum" by the state legislature. Two trains are displayed inside the main exhibit hall Ė one of 1920s vintage and the other from the 1950s. Over 80 other pieces of retired railway rolling stock including vintage steam and diesel locomotives, passenger coaches, private cars, a World War II troop kitchen, wooden freight cars, and maintenance of way equipment, are displayed on the museumís 30-acre site. Trains rides aboard restored cabooses are complementary with admission.

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