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Southeastern Railway Museum dedicates Wall of Honor

April 27, 2005
For Immediate Release (Duluth, Ga.).

The Southeastern Railway Museum, Georgia's Official Transportation History Museum, announces the inaugural class of honorees for the Transportation Wall of Honor. 

The induction event was held at 2 PM Saturday April 2, 2005. Opening remarks were presented by Duluth Mayor Shirley Lasseter and then each honoree was recognized by the museum. Each honoree present was presented a certificate, a museum lapel pin and the museum's youngest active volunteer rang the locomotive bell. Each honoree and/or sponsor was offered the opportunity for remarks. The ceremony was followed by a short reception. 

Honoree's in the inaugural class, along with information about their transportation service and sponsors: 
(format... Name, title, Years of service, Company/organization, sponsor(s))

Marvin J. Fitts Sr.
Superintendent of Car Distribution 
1939-1983
Southern Railway
Sponsored By: Children, Stepchildren & Families

Jennie Glasgow
State Coordinator
30 years
Georgia Operation Lifesaver
Sponsored By: Her Friends at Georgia Operation Lifesaver

W. J. Woodward
Treasurer 1922 - 1945
1912-1945
GATX
Sponsored By: Ruth W. Frischer - Daughter


John Giddens Hendry
Car Inspector
1923-1960
Atlanta Joint Terminal; A&WP RR, GA RR
Sponsored By: Charline Hendry Race


Marvin A. Emrick Sr.
General Forman
1939-1983
Southern Railway
Sponsored By: Gayle, Shannon & Susan with love


R. Ray Leader
Air Traffic Controller
1960-2004
Federal Aviation Administration
Sponsored By: Genie Leader

Adrian C. Johnson
Senior Rail Vehicle Engineer
1954-2004
Regional Transit Partners
Sponsored By: His friends & colleagues at RTP & MARTA


J.R. Shipp
Conductor - Trainman
2/1/1943 -1/4/1988
Southern Railway & Norfolk Southern Railway
Sponsored By: Mrs. Sarah Shipp

John T. Breen
Signal Mechanic
1901- 1934
Deleware & Hudson, New York Central
Sponsored By: Adelaide Straight & J. N. Breen


Dale Dyer
Bomber Pilot
1942-1945
US Army Air Force, 8th AF
Sponsored By: Larry Dyer


John B. Marbury
Manager Signal Operations
1969 - 2000
Southern Railway & Norfolk Southern Railway
Sponsored by His family


William (Bill) J. Purdie Jr.
Master Mechanic - Steam
1936 - 1982
Southern Railway & Norfolk Southern Railway
Charter Member Atlanta Chapter NRHS 1960 
Director Emeritus, Volunteer, Engineer, Teacher, & Friend 
Sponsored By: The Volunteers of the Southeaster Railway Museum on his 90th Birthday

John Duncan Beck
Senior Industrial Engineer
1971 - 1993
Southern Railway & Norfolk Southern Railway
Sponsored By: Donna Beck Blanton & Robbie Blanton


Montford O. Blackburn, Sr.
Engineer
1907-1953
Seaboard Airline RR
Sponsored by: His Children & Grandchildren

Bill Hinton
Museum Volunteer
1998 - 
Southeastern Railway Museum
Sponsored by the Hinton family


The Wall of Honor is located inside building one at the Southeastern Railway museum outside of the audio visual room. It will be seen by thousands of visitors every year. 

You can still become a wall of Honor sponsor. If you have friends who have relatives who were part of transportation history we hope that you will tell them about our Wall of Honor and encourage them to become sponsors to aid us in our mission to preserve, and display transportation history. 

What we are doing
Georgia's Official Transportation History Museum, The Southeastern Railway Museum, is establishing this Wall of Honor dedicated to the men and women who built, operated, and maintained all of the transportation systems that have made this country prosper and those who have helped preserve the history of transportation

The Wall of Honor contains individual plaques dedicated to the men and women who have worked in every phase of the Transportation Industry. This Wall of Honor will be a lasting tribute to each honoree. The names on the wall will be viewed by thousands of people from all over the world as they visit Georgia's Official Transportation History Museum; 

The Southeastern Railway Museum.
We are seeking sponsors to honor these people in transportation and those who have helped preserve the history of transportation. The museum is operated by volunteers dedicated to preserving our transportation heritage and receives no regular State or other Government funding. The cost of protecting, restoring, displaying and maintaining the collection is growing each year and we need your help. This wall will help raise the funds required to acquire and preserve transportation artifacts today to prevent their destruction in the future and to grow as a world class museum. Your support will help the museum volunteers to reach out to the community at large to help educate people about the important role transportation plays in all our lives.

About the museum: 
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. Transit history is represented with a cross section of busses and trolleys from the early 1900's through the mid 1980's. The museum is also home to MARTA's historic bus fleet which includes busses from many of the predecessor systems to MARTA. Many other items from Georgia's transportation history are also presented on the museum's 30-acre site. 


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