Saturdays Dec 1 & Dec 8, 2018

Lunch begins at 12:00 pm

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Take a break from shopping on Saturday and enjoy a light lunch and train ride with Santa.

This event consists of  lunch with Santa, a craft, hayride to the train platform with Santa, and a train ride with Santa. Children under 2 are free.

Lunch starts at noon and wraps up around 2:30.

Lunch will consist of:

  • TBA

The museum’s Christmas events are a fun activity for the whole family and to ensure that everyone can enjoy the experience, children are not allowed to attend without a paying adult for supervision. Children under 2 are free with a paying adult.

Tickets

Tickets are available in our online store beginning September 4. Check back for the link. Tickets include lunch, craft, hayride, train ride, and museum admission.

Note: Please plan ahead. We will discontinue ticket sales at 6:00 pm on Friday afternoon prior to each event so our staff can plan food and drinks.

Saturdays Dec 1 & Dec 8, 2018

Breakfast begins at 9:00 am

Start your Saturday shopping with a light/snack breakfast with Santa and a train ride. Children under 2 are free.

This event consists of  breakfast with Santa, a craft, hayride to the train platform with Santa, and a train ride with Santa. Children under 2 are free.

Breakfast begins at 9:00 am and generally completes by 11:30.

Breakfast will consist of:

  • TBA

The museum’s Christmas events are a fun activity for the whole family. To ensure that everyone can enjoy the experience, children are not allowed to attend without a paying adult for supervision. Children under 2 are free with a paying adult.

Tickets

Tickets are available at our online store beginning September 4. Check back for the link! Tickets include breakfast, a train ride, and museum admission.

Note: Please plan ahead. We will discontinue ticket sales at 6:00 pm on Friday afternoon prior to each event so our staff can plan food and drinks.

Saturdays – Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 2018

Experience the movie like never before!  Watch the “Polar Express” in an authentic train car. This magical holiday tale tells of a young boy who still wants to believe in Santa even though his friends have “grown out of it”. His faith is rewarded when a steam train pulls up to his house and escorts him to the North Pole to meet Santa.  While watching the movie participants will experience some of what is happening on the screen!  Ticket prices TBA (sales start September 4) (children under 2 Free with a paying adult – must sit on lap) and includes cookies, hot chocolate and a special gift.

 

Admission includes a train ride (antique equipment & weather permitting) on one of our trains as well as the opportunity to explore the museum. Late afternoon and evening attendees are asked to arrive early to enjoy the museum before the showing.

Performances times are TBA (approximately 5 to 6 showings per date).  For the best experience, we ask that you arrive early and ride the Caboose train 30 minutes ahead of your show (Train ride times TBA).

Sales start Sept 4 online at our online ticket store. Check back for the link!

The museum’s Christmas events are a fun activity for the whole family and to ensure that everyone can enjoy the experience, children are not allowed to attend without a paying adult for supervision. Children under 2 are free with a paying adult.

Santa’s been called – he’ll be arriving at the Southeastern Railway Museum on Saturday, November 17 at 1:00 PM!

Tentative Details

Santa will be welcomed again this year by the Jingle Bell Dancers from Miss Cindy’s Dance Studio

There will be refreshments (cookies and cocoa), entertainment, letter writing to Santa, and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa in a historic setting for your Christmas cards.  Refreshments and entertainment start at 11:00 am. Santa will arrive at 1:00 pm. Please be aware that the admissions gatehouse is very busy right before Santa’s arrival, so we suggest arriving early to enjoy the museum!

View photos from last year’s event on our Facebook here!

Duluth Festival of Trees

The Duluth Festival of Trees also opens at the museum on November 17!

 

Come celebrate Halloween at the museum!

  • Doors open at 10:00 am, activities 10:30 am – 4:o0 pm

The following activities are included in museum admission:

  • Costume Contest for ages up to 12
    • Times TBA
  • Trick or Treating at decorated stations around the museum
  • Wagon rides (donations appreciated)
  • Fall themed refreshments
  • Visiting vendors and local businesses TBA
  • Live music TBA

The following will be available for a small additional charge:

  • Hand car rides ($2)
  • Historic standard-gauge train ($3, $5 combo with miniature train)
    • Train robberies TBA
  • Miniature train ($3, $5 combo with historic train)
  • Cab rides – ride up in the locomotive with the engineer! ($5/person, 3 for $12 – limited availability)
  • Food vendor
  • Ice cream vendor

Special thanks to these sponsors and donors

To be announced!

2018 Train or Treat Festival Guide

Coming soon! 

2017 Festival Guide: Page 1Page 2

More information

See the Southeastern Railway Museum Facebook for the latest updates! To view photos from last year’s event, visit the album on our Facebook page!

The Southeastern Railway Museum joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th Annual Museum Day!

Free Admission on September 22, 2018, with a Downloadable Museum Day Ticket 

 

The Southeastern Railway Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 22, 2018, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s fourteenth annual Museum Day, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day ticket (available to download beginning August 15, 2018).

Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

The Museum Day ticket will be available for download at SRM’s Museum Day listing on August 15, 2018. Visitors who present the Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for themselves and one guest at participating venues on September 22, 2018. (Train rides and hand car rides are not included with the ticket.) One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day 2018 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Firenza Pizza will be on site for lunch!

 

TICKETS

Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018.

Tickets will be available at the SRM Museum Day listing. Check back soon! The Museum will accept your Museum Day ticket on the screen of your smartphone and in person.

Andrew Durden
Operations Manager

One of the most common questions which I receive regarding the museum is “when will we have an operating steam locomotive?”. People asking this question are almost always referring to the locomotives in our collection, and those who have been around since, say, 2003, are generally referring to Georgia Power #97. 97 was the last steam locomotive to operate at SRM before being taken out-of-service for boiler repairs in December, 2003. My usual answer is something along the lines of, “well, once some more pressing projects that are more vital to the overall health of the organization or the collection are complete, we’ll look at funding the restoration of 97”, or, if in a particular mood, “when you write a check.”  The truth, until now, has actually been “I have no idea”.

I now have an answer to the question, though not necessarily in the exact context in which folks are asking it.  While we are not yet rebuilding one of our own locomotives, we will have an operating steam locomotive for a couple of weekends later this year.  On September 29-30, and October 6-7, we will be hosting a steam locomotive, Jeddo Coal #85 (aka “Mack”), owned by John and Barney Gramling of Ashley, Indiana.

For a number of years, the Gramlings have been rebuilding and operating their own tank locomotives, at museums and on tourist railroads throughout the country. Starting with ex-Flagg Coal 0-4-0 #75 (aka “Hank the Tank”), John and Barney later expanded their operating roster to include Lehigh Valley Coal #126 (“Sadie”). Most recently, ex-Jeddo Coal #85 (“Mack”) made its debut, just as #75 was going into the shop for its federally mandated 15-year inspection. The Gramlings have made appearances at a number of our neighbor museums and tourist railroads, including the North Carolina Transportation Museum, the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, the St. Mary’s Railroad, and others. John and Barney were even the subject of a television show, “Have Steam Engine, Will Travel.”

Coincidentally, this steam event will occur roughly 20 years after our move to the current museum site from the “Old Site” over on May Road. We are planning the event as a celebration of 20 years at the current site. We are hoping to also attract former volunteers, particularly those that were around during the move, for a reunion.

There will be further details revealed as Mack’s visit approaches.  Please help us to pass the word as we promote the event. Also, we hope that individuals will step forward to help sponsor the event.  More on that soon, as well. I’m excited, not only because steam is what attracted me to the museum in the first place 19 years ago, but because I believe it is an important part of our mission to educate the newer generations about what a steam locomotive is—not only as a static interpretive piece, but as a living, breathing, operational artifact.

 

Photo: Flagg Coal, Facebook

The Duluth Historical Society’s annual Festival of Trees was held on the campus of the Southeastern Railway Museum for the third year. Many merchants from the local community delighted visitors with their beautiful and brightly-lit trees and the added adornments around their tree. Some organizations’ trees were decorated with themed ornaments. To see all the trees, visit the Southeastern Railway Museum’s photo album on Facebook. DHS kicked off the Gwinnett County 200th birthday celebrations by erecting an 18-foot tree with ornaments listing facts about the county through the years. Bicentennial events continue around the county throughout 2018.

The “Bright Lights 2017” tree winners are:

Best Of Show………….. Tiger Tails Animal Hospital (Duluth)
People’s Choice………. The Farmhouse (Duluth)

The money raised in the voting boxes was donated to the Village of Hope in Lawrenceville that provides food for the homeless and senior citizens. Thanks to everyone that attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southeastern Railway Museum Meets Hollywood

The museum continued to host a variety of film and photography projects throughout 2017. Released in December, “Hangman”, starring Al Pacino, features a cameo from our very own Georgia Railroad #1026! The full movie is available online.

Not all Hollywood scenes involve train crashes (supervised by museum safety officers and trained stuntmen, of course) — equipment at the Southeastern Railway Museum has also featured in a 1950s bus scene, a vampire apartment, a 1920s train station, and a modern German passenger train.

Keep a look out in 2018 for a brand new filming page showing where the museum has popped up on the big screen!

The Southeastern Railway Museum calls for artists in the United States to submit works that represent the African American experience. Works may also highlight the achievements and contributions of African Americans in railroad history.

Hosted by The United Ebony Society

IMPORTANT DATES

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 6PM-8PM

Exhibition: February 3, 2017 – February 28, 2017

ARTIST SUBMISSION

  • Entry Deadline – Wednesday January 25, 2017
  • Eligibility – Artists aged 18 and over working in any medium
  • Fee – $25 for up to 4 works of art
  • Artwork – JPEG Images Only. Must include title, medium, and dimensions

CRITERIA FOR ARTWORK:

The museum’s goal is to achieve a diverse selection of artwork that is of high quality in both concept and construction and is appropriate for display in a public environment.

Specific requirements and objectives are:

  • All entries must be original works by the submitting artist.
  • Works must pose no hazard to patrons.
  • Works must be appropriate for a family audience.
  • Selected works must be ready for installation upon delivery.
  • Works must express some element of the African American experience.

AWARDS/BENEFITS TO PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

  • Museum Choice Award
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Participating artists receive excellent exposure through media and museum traffic.
  • All pieces will be marketed for sale throughout the duration of the exhibition. SRM retains a 20% commission on sold pieces.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Artist Drop Off – Monday, January 30, 2017- Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – Time TBA
  • Opening Reception – Friday, February 3, 2017 – Time TBA
  • Artist Pick-Up – Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Time TBA

SUBMIT ARTWORK HERE      ARTIST REGISTRATION HERE