National Train Day Festival

NEWTON, NC (May 11, 2017)—Newton’s own Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum will host its second National Train Day Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

Five operating model train layouts will be featured in the Welcome Center, artifacts of local railroad history will be on display in the historic Newton Depot, and preserved antique rolling stock will be viewable at the Alexander Railroad Pavilion. Also in the pavilion, visitors will have the opportunity to sit at the controls of historic ET&WNC Motorcar No. 2, giving them the chance to pose for photos at the controls of a real train. Visitors will be able to blow real diesel locomotive horns.

Museum volunteers will be available to answer questions and give tours.

Hot dogs and refreshments will be served starting at 11 a.m. Presentations on the museum and its connections to local railroad history with the vision to the future will be given in the Newton Depot at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Operation Lifesaver Inc. will be at the festival to promote public safety around railroad tracks.

The Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum is owned and operated by two main groups: the Newton Depot Authority and the Alexander Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The museum is typically open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, with private tours available by request. Monthly meetings are held at the museum on the first Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

For more information, contact James Glenn, Museum Coordinator, at 980-858-4266 or You may also visit the Newton Depot's website,