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2012 Calendar of events

See Planning your visit for more information about hours, admission and directions.

Upcoming events:

  • Second Thursdays at the museum. The museum education department's monthly program on the second Thursday geared towards pre-school aged children featuring a different piece of equipment each month.
    • Jan 12
    • Feb 9
    • Mar 8
    • Apr 12
    • May 10
    • Jun 14
    • Jul 12
    • Aug 9
    • Sep 13
    • Oct 11
    • Nov 8
    • Dec 13
    • Program cost is $7 per child.
    • Program starts at 10:30


    2012 Completed events


    Jan 12 - Feb 11

    For exhibit information, contact:

    Michael Ross, Curator

    New Art Exhibition Explores Impact of Automobiles on Culture and Environment


    The Southeastern Railway Museum is pleased to present Drove(s), an art exhibition that takes a look at the culture of automobiles, our dependence on them, and their environmental impact.


    The culture of automobiles starts with America's early love affair with cars and the freedom that they promised. Frequent design changes and new technologies created a sense of disposability and a desire for the newest model. Demand throughout the 20th century helped drive the American economy but also led to an overabundance of automobiles and serious environmental impacts.


    The automobile and the freedom it promised led to dramatic changes in American cities. Suburban sprawl now stretches for many miles around every urban center with the car being the only practical means of transport. Too often, public transportation is of little help in an environment designed and built with the automobile in mind, while the promise of freedom has given way to massive traffic jams and a daily drudgery of commuting along overcrowded highways.


    Can this dependence on the automobile and fossil fuels be sustained? How do we change our environments to become friendlier to pedestrians and mass transit while maintaining the freedom of movement to which we have grown accustomed?


    These are the issues and questions raised by this month's exhibition at the museum. Housed in a newly restored 1871 train depot that once sheltered passengers waiting for their train, the depot itself is as much a part of the exhibit as the art hanging on its walls.


    The exhibition will open to the public Thursday, January 12 and run through Saturday, February 11. At this time of year, the museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    Artists in the Exhibition

    The exhibition features works by local artists as well as artists from around the country. These include:

    Tim Barnwell Andrew Bush Bill Daniel
    Veronica de Jesus Brian Dettmer John Duckworth
    Peter Essick Walker Evans John Gutman
    Brian Holcombe Lauren Hughes Michael Koehler
    Joey Kotting Christopher McNulty Rondal Partridge
    Ben Roosevelt Brian St. Cyr Chip Simone
    Mark Steimetz Christian Tedeschi Bruce Wrighton

    • February 18 - From John Henry to Rosa Parks: African American Influence on Transportation History
      $5 for Children, $8 for Adults and $6 for Seniors includes all activities and admission to the museum. Train rides are $3 extra.

      Walk through time with your interactive timeline and learn about some of the African Americans who changed transportation history while doing crafts and activities and speaking with interpreters.

    • March 31 - April 1 Caboose Days.

    • Welcome spring at the museum and learn about cabooses and the crews that called them home.
      • Temporary caboose tattoos
      • Caboose hunt
      • Food
      • Craft corner for kids to create a souvenir to take home
      • Caboose slide show featuring historic cabooses
      • The Jr. Model RR Club will demonstrate their layout
      • There will be refreshments (cookies and juice) served on our SCL caboose included with admission.

    • February - April - Photo Exhibit & Competition
      • Exhibit and Judging: March 3 - April 29, 2012

    • April 21 - Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic
    • Hosted in conjunction with the Piedmont Division NMRA.
        This session has reached capacity. Please consider signing up for the fall session.
      • Click here and go to page 25 to see an interesting news article on this activity from the Winter 2008 edition of The SouthErneR, the Southeast Region NMRA newsletter

  • May - 12 - National Train Day
    • Golden Spike Program
      • Special programming from our education department around the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869.
      • Crafts
      • Special activities

  • May - 19 - Armed Forces Day
  • - Members of our nation's armed forces (active, retired, or reserves) will be admitted free with their service ID card.

  • June 9 - 10 Locomotive Celebration
    • Temporary tattoos
    • Locomotive hunt
    • Food
    • Craft corner for kids to create a souvenir to take home
    • The Jr. Model RR Club may demonstrate their layout
    • Saturday evening 8:30 Night photo shoot session - $35. The museum will set up several vintage train sets for a limited number of night photographers.
      • Private observation car with politician and vintage cameraman/press reporter.
      • Chattahoochee Valley 2-8-0 #21 and steam era freight cars assembled as a photo freight.
      • Atlanta Terminal Station platform scene with Georgia Road GP-7 #1026 and heavy weight coach representing the A&WP local sitting across the platform from Southern Railway E-8 #6901 and RPO Grand Junction. A restored ATS baggage cart will be positioned with the two locomotives.
      Click the paypal button below to sign up.

  • Summer Camp 2012 - see our education page for details Education-summercamp
  • August 4 -5 Trains, Trucks and Tractors
    • Temporary caboose tattoos
    • Exhibits of tractors and trucks with a mixture of current and antique equipment.
    • Hayrides
    • Food
    • Craft corner for kids to create a souvenir to take home
    • Confirmed exhibits include:
      • Siemens - next generation electric vehicle and charging station
      • UPS
      • West Ga 2 Cyl club members - Antique tractors
      • Cumming Antique Power Association members - Antique tractors

    • Sept 22 - Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic
    • Hosted in conjunction with the Piedmont Division NMRA.
      • For more information please contact John Stevens (click here to email) or phone (678)873-3770.
      • Click here and go to page 25 to see an interesting news article on this activity from the Winter 2008 edition of The SouthErneR, the Southeast Region NMRA newsletter

    • Sept 27 - Homeschool Day - The First Locomotives see our education page for details Education-First Locomotives
    • Oct 6 - Park Train Grand Opening
    • Come celebrate the completion of phase one of the Park Train project.
      • Celebration starts at 11am
      • We're bringing back 1957 prices for one day only Park train rides will be 25 cents
      • Spiced Right BBQ will be onsite for lunch

    • Oct 27 - Train or Treat
    • Come celebrate Halloween at the museum
      • Costume Contest at noon and 4pm
      • Fall craft activity
      • Trick or Treating
      • Wagon rides
      • Trick of Treating on decorated train cars
      • Story time

    • Nov 10-11 -Model RR Days
      • The museum will be a stop on the Piedmont Pilgrimage, the Piedmont Division NMRA annual tour of model railroads.
      • Vines Garden Railway will have a "G" scale layout setup in the main exhibit hall
      • Spiced Right BBQ will be at the museum for lunch dining.
    • Nov 10 - Santa Arrives
    • There will be refreshments as Santa arrives aboard the train at 1pm.

    • Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 - Day with Santa Events

    • Each event will be individually ticketed with ticket links below.
      • Breakfast with Santa
      • Lunch with Santa
      • Polar Express Experience

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    Click here to see 2008 Events


    • Normally one of the museum's diesel locomotives Southern #8202 , or Georgia RR #1026 provides the motive power for our on-site train rides.
    • During spring 2012, NS2422 has been leased to provide backup power for train rides while 8202 is undergoing heavy maintenance.
    • Our steam locomotive Georgia Power #97 is not available due to mandatory FRA inspections and maintenance.

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    N.R.H.S. Meetings:

    Two Atlanta Chapter National Railway Historical Society (N.R.H.S.) meetings are scheduled each month. These are not just for chapter members - the general public is welcome.
    • The Board of Directors meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month. These meetings start at 7:30 in the museum's audio/visual room in building #1. (Click here for directions to the museum)
    • The chapter meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month at the museum. Meetings include a brief program and social time

     See Planning your visit for more information and directions


    This page last updated on Friday August 23 2013
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