Climb aboard the General during Southern Museum’s ‘Museum Night’

March 21, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is celebrating its 10th birthday with an evening of family-friendly activities aimed at offering visitors a unique look at the museum and its exhibits. The inaugural Museum Night: Trains, Planes and Cars, scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, will feature an evening of family- and history-centered activities in addition to providing visitors an up-close look at museum artifacts. The museum will be closing at 3 p.m. on March 23. During the event, guests will have the rare opportunity to climb aboard the General locomotive made famous during the Civil

Huge Turnout for Southern Museum’s Trains, Trains, Trains

January 20, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

KENNESAW, Ga. — More than 2,200 people turned out Saturday for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History’s third annual Trains, Trains, Trains event. Museum visitors explored model train layouts, vendors selling train-themed wares and various activities geared toward families. “This event is so much fun because kids have the opportunity to get up and close with trains,” said Dr. Richard Banz, the museum’s executive director. “We’re grateful to everyone who came out, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone at our future events, including next year’s Trains, Trains, Trains.” The museum’s next major event, “Museum Night,” is

Southern Museum’s Annual Trains Event Attracts Railfans, Hobbyists and Families

November 7, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will kick off its packed 2013 calendar of events with a family day focusing on all aspects of trains and featuring a model train expo. The “Trains, Trains, Trains” event will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the museum’s Jolley Education Center and throughout the museum. This family friendly event will feature crafts, tips and techniques for building a home layout and a variety of different model train layouts that can be operated by children of all ages. The daylong event

Civil War Medal of Honor Donated to Kennesaw, Georgia, Museum

KENNESAW, Ga. — In a ceremony on Thursday, April 12, an Ohio family will donate a rare Civil War-era Congressional Medal of Honor to Kennesaw’s Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. The Waggoner family of Ohio, descendants of Sgt. John M. Scott, will donate the medal Scott was posthumously awarded for his participation in the April 12, 1862 event that has come to be known as the Great Locomotive Chase. Scott was one of the Andrews’ Raiders, a group of Union spies who stole the locomotive General and headed toward Chattanooga, tearing up track and destroying bridges in

150 years later, Andrews Raid still resonates

April 1, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

KENNESAW, Ga. — Dozens of trains roar through town every day. They speed past the historic 1908 train depot in the heart of town A few feet away from the tracks, idly sits a 155-year-old steam locomotive that pulled into town a rainy Saturday morning nearly 150 years ago. It was the one-year anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and the morning passenger train stopped for a 20 minute breakfast. What nobody knew was that 20 men led by James J. Andrews planned to steal the locomotive and then destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad, a vital link

Southern Museum Gearing Up for Great Locomotive Chase Sesquicentennial

February 7, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is gearing up to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Great Locomotive Chase, one of the Civil War’s most thrilling episodes. At 6 a.m. on April 12, 1862, in what is present day Kennesaw, union spies under the leadership of James J. Andrews stole The General, a Confederate locomotive. The episode – also called the Andrews Raid – is memorialized in film, books and at The Southern Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate that is home to The General. On April 12, 2012, the city and the museum will hold

Marking the anniversary of the Andrews Raid

April 12, 2010 Railfanning.org 0

KENNESAW, Ga. – North Georgia saw its fair share of battles during the Civil War, but “the most extraordinary and astounding adventure of the war,” as one Civil War-era newspaper put it, typically doesn’t garner more than a few words in most history books. The Andrews Raid, also known as The Great Locomotive Chase, took place 148 years ago today. Led by James J. Andrews, a group of Union spies planned to steal a train locomotive and destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad, a vital link between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn. The route of the Andrews Raid can be easily

‘Big Shanty, 20 minutes for breakfast’

February 19, 2009 Todd DeFeo 0

The General steam locomotive pulled the morning passenger train, winding its way through the rural Georgia countryside. Shortly before 6 a.m. on a rainy morning, Engineer Jeff Cain blew the locomotive’s whistle to signal that Big Shanty was approaching.

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