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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
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+1 423-439-3382
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Sat 10:00 - 15:00

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Enjoyed walking through it.

I love to just walk through and see how things were years ago. My family has always tried to find out how transportation was when my grandparents were alive.

Reviewed 14 December 2016
Nancy D
Huber Heights, Ohio
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Huber Heights, Ohio
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 December 2016

I love to just walk through and see how things were years ago. My family has always tried to find out how transportation was when my grandparents were alive.

Thank Nancy D
Kingsport, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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.

Thank electriciandad
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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.

Thank TnCampers
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 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

Thank rusmilin
Conyers, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
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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14 reviews
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.

Thank Harold M
Johnson City, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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.

Thank GAGirl2216
Richmond, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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 

Thank WhereTheSnowsGo
Gray, Tennessee
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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..

Thank J T
Jonesborough, Tennessee
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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 

Thank Eowyn1110

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