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Train Day celebration at National Railroad Museum enhanced by contributions of SAU public history class

Train Museum Display Office

Hamlet, N.C. - The National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame, Inc., has an exciting day planned for Train Day, May 11.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to debut the new walk-through exhibit in the rear section of the Museum created by members of the St. Andrews University Public History Class taught by Dr. David Herr and other volunteers.

This spring students and volunteers have set up a station area which includes a ticket booth and station master’s office, a telegraph office, a regional dispatch office and a large display of tools and equipment used on the railroad from the late nineteenth through the twentieth centuries.

Visitors will obtain a “ticket” at the ticket booth, and then take a walk back in time to the days of the telegraph, the transportation of mail by train and the days when the track building and maintenance was accomplished by many hands, not machines.

Two years ago St. Andrews undergraduates and other volunteers developed a 1:98 scale reproduction of the Magor Caboose that is owned by the museum and leased to the City of Hamlet. It allows one to experience the size and changing living conditions aboard a caboose that was in service nearly seventy years. The caboose replica will compliment a visit to the actual caboose that has recently been repainted and is exhibited on Main Street in Hamlet.

"The actual caboose was built in June 1924 by the Magor Car Corporation of Clifton, N.J., and is on display in downtown Hamlet,” said Herr. “The full-scale model is housed in the National Railroad museum and is part of their expansion effort.

"Students researched broadly, learning about caboose design, railroad history and the life of this specific caboose on the Seaboard Railroad. Focusing on 5241's start in the 1920s, they worked to capture the social and technical history surrounding life on the rails in the early 20th century."

On the caboose project, student Billy Gehringer said, "I had a great time working on this project with the class. It allowed us all to participate. It was a really good learning experience for myself. It helped me gain knowledge in creating and piecing together an exhibit/display in general."

"Dr. Herr made the class a lot of fun, allowing us each to put in our own opinions. The class in general is definitely a great one and I recommend it for anyone whether they are looking to gain experience in public history or not."

"It was a fantastic experience,” said Cathy Walter, who has worked with the museum on additional projects, including the work this past spring.

The museum will also have a handmade quilt featuring the Hamlet Depot on display. A raffle for the quilt will begin on Train Day and end at “Christmas on Hamlet Avenue” in early December. Raffle tickets will be available at the museum, The Grab Thrift Shop on Hamlet Avenue or by mail. For more information call 582-3555 or 280-9253.

The National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame, Inc., regular hours are from 1:00 until 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Train display of construction items Train display Wide construction items

Train Display Ticket Master Train Display Caboose

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. St. Andrews has added a first graduate level program with a Masters in Business Administration. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.

 

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