Carter Railroad Museum to host train excursion in Kentucky

Contributed To The Press • Sep 13, 2017 at 3:26 PM

The George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University and the George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will co-host a train excursion to the Big South Fork Railway and the Blue Heron Mine in Stearns, Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Passengers will ride the former Kentucky and Tennessee Railway 14 miles roundtrip into the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, which offers spectacular fall scenic vistas, lush vegetation and mountain streams as it descends 600-feet into the gorge. The train will stop at the Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp, a National Park Service outdoor interpretive site where passengers will have an hour to explore the area. Also included is admission to the McCreary County Museum in Stearns, Ky.

Tickets for the excursion are $85 each for adults and seniors, $66 for children and includes the roundtrip bus ride to Stearns, Ky., roundtrip train fare on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway and admission to the McCreary County Museum.

Attendees should arrive at ETSU’s parking lot No. 22A on Go Bucs Trail (accessible from Jack Vest Drive off State of Franklin Road or South Greenwood Drive off State of Franklin Road) at 6:15 a.m. on Oct. 7 to be checked-in and loaded onto the buses by 6:45 a.m. with departure promptly at 7:00 a.m. The buses will not wait for late arrivals and no ticket refunds will be made for those who miss the bus. There are no parking restrictions in this lot on the ETSU campus on weekends.

Ticket order forms and liability waiver forms are available at the Carter Railroad Museum, located in the Campus Center Building at ETSU, open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by visiting the George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society website, www.glcarternrhs.com and clicking on “Excursions.” The signed liability waiver form must accompany the ticket request form.

Ticket requests are due by Friday, Sept. 29. Space is limited.

For more information, contact Carolyn Gregg at 423-639-3966.

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