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Railroad Museum open Aug. 18

NEWTON, NC (Aug. 17, 2016)—Newton’s own Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum will be open to the public on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the historic Newton Depot, the museum’s welcome center, and at a booth in Downtown Newton. The depot and welcome center will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the downtown booth will open at 9 a.m.

The railroad museum’s welcome center features five operating model train layouts. Highlights of the historic Newton Depot include displays and artifacts that contain lots of local railroad history. The museum’s pavilion houses preserved antique railroad rolling stock. Museum volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and give tours.

The Newton Depot, welcome center and pavilion are located at 1123 North Main Ave., Newton.

Visitors can find information about the museum at the downtown booth. There will also be a visiting setup from Operation Lifesaver, Inc., 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 upon request. Monthly meetings are held at the museum on the first Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public.