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Southeastern Railway Museum announces Kudzu Rails

April 10, 2004
For Immediate Release (Duluth, Ga.).

From May 20 to May 23, The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History will play host to one of the biggest prototype and modeling shows ever in the Southeast. Participating sponsoring organizations include:

  • Southern Railway Historical Association (main sponsor)
  • Atlantic Coast Line / Seaboard Air Line Historical Society
  • Central of Georgia Historical Society
  • Louisville & Nashville Historical Society
  • Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis Historical Society
  • Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Historical Society
  • Georgia, Southern & Florida Historical Society
  • Florida East Coast Historical Society
  • Atlanta Chapter – National Railway Historical Society

The main event will be the train show held Friday May 21 and Saturday May 22. Each society will have its company store. Also, various dealers and model manufacturers will have displays.

During the weekend, several speakers will give presentations at various venues around Kennesaw. These include Bill Withuhn, the Smithsonian’s curator of land transportation and the Atlanta Chapters Col. Jim Bogle.

Finally, there will be a major railroad themed block party held Saturday night in downtown Kennesaw. The “NS Lawmen” will provide musical entertainment.

Several tours and excursions are in the works. Among those that have been confirmed are Friday and Saturday tours to the Canton, St. Paul & Pacific live steamers operation. Another is a Thursday tour of Lockheed-Martin’s Marietta plant (25 person maximum limit).

Also on Thursday, there will be an all day excursion that will include rides on TVRM and the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Buses will take participants from Kennesaw and the Museum to Etowah, where TVRM will run round trip to Appalachia and back. The buses will then head to McCaysville, for a ride on the Blue Ridge to Ellijay. The buses will then return back to the Atlanta. Participants can take the full tour or just certain segments. If you are interested in catching the bus from the Museum, please contact Ned Krack at

For more information and to register, please go to Mark your calendars for what should be an exciting event for Southeastern rail fans.

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