newtondepotNewton, NC — Newton’s own Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum will host a Fall Gala on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The festival will celebrate an incredible year of progress for the Newton Depot Authority and Alexander Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). The museum will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with dedication ceremonies for the museum’s newest rolling stock arrivals, ET&WNC boxcar No. 434 and Hutton & Bourbonnais log car No. 1, at 11 a.m.

There will be light refreshments after the dedication and a hot dog fundraiser from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

There will be five different operating model layouts in the Welcome Center, many new museum pieces in the Newton Depot, live railroad bluegrass music from Hobo Bill Morris and Kristin, and an operating miniature steam train, the Little Tweetsie Railroad, from Banner Elk.

The museum’s Alexander Railroad Pavilion will be open to the public for the first time, allowing visitors to see the museum’s locomotive and rolling stock on display. Members of the Alexander Chapter completed restoration on most of the equipment in the pavilion and will show visitors current restoration progress on many pieces.

The Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum is the result of collaboration between the Newton Depot Authority and the Alexander Chapter of the NRHS.  The museum is located in the historic Newton Depot at 1123 North Main Ave. in Newton. The Welcome Center is located next door to the depot.

The museum is open every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with private tours available by request. Monthly Alexander Chapter NRHS meetings are held at the museum on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the meetings.

Contact: Hames Glenn, Museum Coordinator, 980-858-4266 or email newtondepotauthority@gmail.com.   www.newtondepot.com

Photo: Display at Railroad Museum