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Southeastern Railway Museum TE Project Grand Opening

For Immediate Release
Announced: May 1, 2003

The Southeastern Railway Museum is pleased to announce the grand opening ceremony of its $595,000 TE project Phase II on Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 10:30am. Featured speakers will be State Representative Brooks Coleman of Duluth, Shirley Lasseter, Mayor of Duluth and Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Caryn Bean. There will be a brief reception after the ceremony. Phase II includes the expansion of the main exhibit hall for additional exhibit space, meeting/education space and an improved gift shop. This phase has also converted an existing building into a second exhibit hall. Additionally, this phase has funded improvements to landscaping, walkways and drainage around the museumís outdoor exhibits.

The Southeastern Railway Museum has been in operation since 1970 and is "Georgia's Official Transportation History Museum". The museum has over 80 other pieces of retired railway rolling stock including vintage steam and diesel locomotives, passenger coaches, private business cars, a World War II army troop kitchen, wooden freight cars, railway post office car and maintenance of way equipment. Many other items from Georgiaís transportation history are also presented on the museumís 30-acre site. Two vintage trains are displayed inside the museums main exhibit hall; The 1920s vintage steam train pulled by S&A 750 includes United States President Warren Hardingís personal business car the Superb and a club car. The 1950s era diesel powered train features Southern Railway 6901, the last diesel locomotive to pull the famous Southern Crescent before Amtrak and several modern sleeper cars.

Trains rides aboard restored cabooses are complementary with admission.

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