The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, May 11, with special programs and an admission deal.
At 11 a.m. on May 11, Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum, will give a presentation about the Great Locomotive Chase and the first Medals of Honor. The Museum is home to one of the first Medals ever bestowed, given to a participant in the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase.
Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., staff members will offer railroad-themed tours and programs throughout the museum. At 2 p.m., the museum will present the “Top 20 Railroad Songs of All Time,” a free musical program in the 1908 historic train depot in downtown Kennesaw; Robert Jones from the Kennesaw Historical Society will perform the top 20 railroad songs.
“Railroads have played such a crucial role in the development of not only Georgia, but also the entire country,” Banz said. “We hope people will take a few minutes on National Train Day to think about and explore how railroads have helped change the country and the role they continue to play.”
The museum will also have a special G gauge layout operating. In honor of the day, the layout will be open to anyone who wants to run his or her G gauge trains around the loop.