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2013 Calendar of events

See Planning your visit for more information about hours, admission and directions.

Upcoming events:

  • Second Thursdays at the museum. The museum education department's monthly program on the second Thursday geared towards pre-school aged children featuring a different piece of equipment each month.
    • Jan 10
    • Feb 14
    • Mar 14
    • Apr 11
    • May 9
    • Jun 13
    • Jul 11
    • Aug 8
    • Sep 12
    • Oct 10
    • Nov 14
    • Dec 12
    • Program cost is $7 per child.
    • Program starts at 10:30


  • Oct 5 - Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic
  • Hosted in conjunction with the Piedmont Division NMRA.
    • For more information please contact John Stevens (click here to email) or phone (678)873-3770.
    • Click here and go to page 25 to see an interesting news article on this activity from the Winter 2008 edition of The SouthErneR, the Southeast Region NMRA newsletter

  • Oct 26 - Train or Treat
  • Come celebrate Halloween at the museum
    • Costume Contest at noon and 4pm
    • Fall craft activity
    • Trick or Treating
    • Wagon rides
    • Trick of Treating on decorated train cars
    • Story time

  • Nov 9 and 10 - Model RR Days
    • The museum will be a stop on the Piedmont Pilgrimage, the Piedmont Division NMRA annual tour of model railroads.
    • Vines Garden Railway will have a "G" scale layout setup in the main exhibit hall
  • Nov (date to be announced) - Santa Arrives
  • There will be refreshments as Santa arrives aboard the train at 1pm.

  • Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21 - Day with Santa Events

  • Each event will be individually ticketed with ticket links posted below during October.

    2013 Completed events

    • February - April - Photo Exhibit & Competition
      • Requirements: Image (color or monotone) must have been captured at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, GA. Image must focus on an exhibit, a piece in the collection or show individuals enjoying their experience at the Southeastern Railway Museum (signed releases required for recognizable persons).
      • Entry Deadline: February 23
      • Exhibit and Judging: March 3 - April 7, 2013
      • Download entry form here and submit with each entry. One form per photo, one CD/DVD per photographer.

        Model releases are required for identifiable persons that are not a museum volunteer/staff member. Download here

        For your convienence, we're adding paypal as an option to pay your entry fees. For entries of 1-3 photos, select the 1-3 rate and enter the quantity of photos you are submitting. If you're entering 4 or more, select the 4-5 rate and enter a quantity of 1.
        PLEASE print your paypal receipt and attach a copy to your entry form when you turn your photos in so we can track.

    • April 6 and 7 Caboose Days.

    • Welcome spring at the museum and learn about cabooses and the crews that called them home.
      • Temporary caboose tattoos
      • Caboose hunt
      • Food will be available courtesy of Spiced Right BBQ
      • Craft corner for kids to create a souvenir to take home
      • Caboose slide show featuring historic cabooses
      • There will be refreshments (cookies and juice) served on our SCL caboose included with admission.

    • April 20 - Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic
    • Hosted in conjunction with the Piedmont Division NMRA.
      • For more information please contact John Stevens (click here to email) or phone (678)873-3770.
      • Click here and go to page 25 to see an interesting news article on this activity from the Winter 2008 edition of The SouthErneR, the Southeast Region NMRA newsletter
    • May - 11 - National Train Day
    • May - 18 - Armed Forces Day
    • - Members of our nation's armed forces (active, retired, or reserves) will be admitted free with their service ID card.

    • May - 4 and May 18 June 22 - Free Allergy Testing

    • Museum Partners with Atlanta Physicians Group to Offer Tests during National Allergy Month

      May is National Allergy Month, and the museum has partnered with a leading healthcare provider to help make allergy testing as convenient as possible. On Saturday, May 4, the Southeastern Railway Museum will host doctors and support staff from the Atlanta Physicians Group (APG) for on-site allergy testing. Testing will be available during the Museum's normal operating hours of 10am to 5pm. As an added incentive, persons who come for allergy testing will be admitted to the Museum for free.

      The tests, which will establish sensitivities to common airborne and food allergens, are covered by most insurance programs and will be offered without co-pays to Museum visitors and volunteers. However, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and all participants must be pre-certified by their health insurance company to be tested. A simple one-page precertification form can be obtained from the here (opens in a new window) or picked up at the Museum any Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The completed form should be completed and either faxed or emailed to the APG main office for processing no later than Wednesday, May 1.

      Dr. Shue Kothari, CEO of Atlanta Physicians Group, underscored the importance of testing by pointing out the effects of untreated allergies. “For many people, allergies are primarily a source of ongoing discomfort, especially with airborne allergens like dust and pollen. These individuals may not realize just how much allergies affect them until treatment rids them of the symptoms. For those with food allergies, symptoms can range from mild effects like tingling in the mouth or slight swelling to much more severe problems like abdominal distress or trouble breathing. In each case, though, the first step toward relief is the same: you have to get tested."

      According to Dr. Kothari, the tests to be administered at the Museum are superior to traditional tests in that they cover a much broader range of allergens. "Traditional food allergy tests only cover 60 potential allergies; the test we will be using covers more than 150." A brush-on test will discover allergies to another 60 airborne substances.

      Dr. Kothari noted that the typical treatment for allergies, an at-home year-long self-administered immunotherapy program, is covered under most insurance plans. "Allergies can make you miserable, and in some cases can be life-threatening. Why suffer when you don't have to – especially if your insurance company will pick up the cost of treatment?"

      In addition to the allergy testing, APG will have a physician on site to perform a routine ear, nose and throat exams prior to testing. Additional medical personnel will be on hand to assist with testing and help the doctor respond to any reaction patients may have to the tests.

      The testing is also a fundraiser for the Museum, as the Atlanta Physicians Group has pledged to make a donation to the museum for each person tested. "We're delighted to have the opportunity to perform a public service by making these tests available," said Museum Administrator Randy Pirkle. "Our visitors and volunteers get the chance to be tested in a convenient place, APG furthers its goals in promoting general health management and particularly allergy awareness, and the Museum benefits from APG's generosity. Everybody wins."

      Individuals who submit the completed precertification form will be notified in advance concerning their insurance company approval status. Tests will be offered without co-payments, and in the event that a particular insurer requires additional payment the patient will be informed ahead of time. If more people submit forms than can be seen in one day, additional testing times will be scheduled.

      Anyone seeking additional information on allergy testing at the Southeastern Railway Museum should contact Constance Scott, Director of Operations at Atlanta Physicians Group, by phone at 770-938-2625 or 678-328-0582 or via email at

    • June 8 - 9 Locomotive Celebration
      • Temporary tattoos
      • Locomotive hunt
      • Food
      • Craft corner for kids to create a souvenir to take home
      • Saturday evening 8:30 Night photo shoot session - $35 in advance, $40 at the door. The museum will set up several vintage train sets for a limited number of night photographers.
    • Independence Day July 4 - The museum will be open with both trains running and a variety of holiday themed refreshments available.

    • Summer Camp 2013 - see our education page for details Education-summercamp

  • August 3 and 4 Trains, Trucks and Tractors
    • Temporary caboose tattoos
    • Exhibits of tractors and trucks with a mixture of current and antique equipment.
    • Hayrides
    • Food
    • Craft corner for kids to create a souvenir to take home
    • Confirmed exhibits include:
      • UPS - current generation hybrid vehicle
      • Cumming Antique Power Association members - Antique tractors
      • International Harvester Collectors Chapter 29 - Antique Tractors
      • MARTA
      • Rick Hendrick GMC
      • Atlanta Checker Cab - antique taxi
      • Georgia Department of Driver Services - Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) will exhibit motorcycles

      Pictures from past Trains, Trucks & Tractors events...

      Click here to see 2012 Events

      Click here to see 2011 Events

      Click here to see 2010 Events

      Click here to see 2009 Events

      Click here to see 2008 Events


      • Normally one of the museum's diesel locomotives Southern #8202 , or Georgia RR #1026 provides the motive power for our on-site train rides.
      • During spring 2012, NS2422 has been leased to provide backup power for train rides while 8202 is undergoing heavy maintenance.
      • Our steam locomotive Georgia Power #97 is not available due to mandatory FRA inspections and maintenance.

      Make a donation to the restoration today with PayPal Make a tax-deductible donation to help fund the repairs  See Planning your visit for more information and directions


      This page last updated on Friday August 23 2013
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