For Immediate Release
December 30, 1997
Duluth, Georgia– The Atlanta Chapter, NRHS formerly accepted an offer by Mr. Frank M. Ewing of Chevy Chase, Maryland to donate 29.84 acres of land in Duluth to the Chapter for potential relocation of the Southeastern Railway Museum. The land was formerly occupied by J.J. Finnigan Railcar Company which performed metal fabrication and repairs for pressure vessels and railcars.
The site is located about one mile north of the present site of the Southeastern Railway Museum along the Norfolk Southern Atlanta-Washington, D.C. main line. There are currently three buildings consisting of more than 68,000 square feet and approximately 8,500 feet of rail on the property. Significant work will be required to occupy the facility including major grading and building repairs.
The Museum is very excited about the potential for the site. With the assistance of the city of Duluth, SRM hopes to begin first phase work within six months. The city is negotiating with Norfolk Southern to close the dangerous crossing which currently serves the site. Plans call for construction of a new road to serve the site and the neighboring lumber company avoiding a main line crossing.
The Georgia House of Representatives adopted a resolution commending Mr. Ewing for his generosity.
Photos below show the buildings in detail.
Buildings 1 and 2
Interior of building 1
Building 3 (left) and Sand-blasting shed (right)
Interior of building 3