Railroad museum to celebrate National Train Day

NEWTON, N.C. (May 11, 2016) — Newton’s own Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum will host its first National Train Day Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

The railroad museum includes a welcome center with five operating model train layouts, the historic Newton Depot with many displays and artifacts from local railroad history, and the museum’s pavilion with preserved antique railroad rolling stock. All of these will be available for visitors to view, and volunteers will be there to answer questions and give tours.

Hot dogs and refreshments will be served in the Newton Depot area, which will give visitors a chance to have lunch inside the Newton Depot. There will also be a visiting booth from Operation Lifesaver Inc. to promote public safety around railroad tracks.

The museum is located at 1123 North Main Ave., Newton.

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 upon request. Monthly meetings are held at the museum on the first Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public.