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George L. Carter Railroad Museum

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Address: 113 Campus Center Building, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone Number: +1 423-439-3382
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Sat 10:00 - 15:00

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The trains in this museum are great for people of all ages. The detail work is exceptional. Also great for a rainy day activity.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 September 2016
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

More model trains than museum--popular with the kids. Sometimes you encounter very friendly volunteers--sometimes not so much. It's free--donations welcome--so how can you really complain? Take the kids and enjoy. Just don't expect expert/fanatical archives, etc.

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

The trains in this museum are great for people of all ages. The detail work is exceptional. Also great for a rainy day activity.

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ezel,ky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Very informative and enjoyable! Loved walking around and seeing all the sites and reading all the info...its prob not for young kids but it was a great place to visit

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Conyers, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is a relatively small museum of railroad memorabilia. It has a children's playroom, a room with a number of layouts and cases of items from railroad collectors on display. There is also a hidden room, that is not well signed, but if you ask a volunteer, they will direct you to a large layout that is in the progress... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

very nice setup has 2 big rooms and many scales of trains to admire. There where many workers there happy to answer questions and lots of new work going on in the newest room.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

My boys started out as Thomas fanatics, and enjoyed going to the Railroad Museum when they were very little (they called it the "Train Party"). They are past the Thomas years, but still enjoy a visit to check out the new displays and participate in special events.

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Thank GAGirl2216
Richmond, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

We visited the railroad museum while in town for a family wedding and looking for something to do. We were blown away by the displays and the passion for the model trains by those volunteering there. One nice man gave us a very thorough tour of the model train display they are building and talked us through each stretch of... More 

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Thank TheTravelingSnows
Gray, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

I went there once when they were open, the size to detail was truly amazing if you haven't been there you need to go..

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

We have visited the Railroad Museum several times and we were impressed with the size and variety of the displays. Just incredible. And they are constantly adding more. They will take the time to explain what they are doing and even let my sister in law make a tree. My brother is very knowledgeable about model trains of all kinds... More 

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Vicksburg, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

Really nice HO and N layouts. The larger layouts are HO, which is typical since HO is the most popular scale. They have created really nice scenery. They do scale modeling as opposed to the toy like railroad models that many "baby boomers" have that replicate the trains they remember from childhood in post WWII. There were plenty of hobbyists... More 

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