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May 1, 2014

A day to track history

Three Rivers Museum to celebrate railroads Saturday

Model train layouts and a large collection of railroad memorabilia are among the items that will be on display at the 12th annual Railroad Day at Three Rivers Museum on Saturday.

The museum is celebrating Railroad Day in recognition of the area’s railroad heritage. The event is free and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors to the museum on Railroad Day will see a variety of items.

“The first thing they will see when they come down into the museum will be the model train layouts, and then we will have quite a few things in our lobby that we take out of our archives every year for Railroad Day,” said Sue Tolbert, the museum’s director.

Railroad Day is designed to be enjoyed by young and old alike.

“You can go outside and climb up in our 1940s-era switch engine, pretend you are an engineer if you want to, and that’s a lot of fun,” Tolbert said.

A Midland Valley cargo cart that has been restored and a telegraph will be on display. There also will be a couple of railroad videos, a variety of railroad signs and pictures of many area depots.

The museum also has a huge collection of railroad lanterns. Many of those and other railroad items were brought to the museum by area residents.

“There are lots of railroad memorabilia collectors, especially in the Muskogee area,” Tolbert said. “And they all think of us when they find something unique and bring it in, which is wonderful.”

Railroad Day visitors also can view the model of the Midland Valley engines #152 and #153. These engines, one eastbound and the other westbound, were involved in a fatal  accident in 1958 near Bokoshe. It was the only known serious accident in the history of the Midland Valley system.

Railroads have been an important part of Muskogee since the MK&T put the first line through this area in 1872, a media release from the museum states.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: 12th annual Railroad Day.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.                                                                                                                   

WHERE: Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin St.

COST: Free.

INFORMATION: (918) 686-6624 or www.3riversmuseum.com.

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