We have gained title to five acres of land next to our track, the building design has been approved and construction plans are complete. Now it is time to start moving dirt. We have a grant for $480,000 of the construction cost, but since the grant application was submitted, construction costs have increased by at least 33%. To commence construction, we now must raise an amount equal to the grant.
To create a world-class railroad museum that will benefit East Tennessee and be an educational experience for the public, will require assistance from individuals and corporations. We hope to raise enought money for the museum, as well as to establish an endowment to ensure the museum's continued existence. As we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, donations are fully deductible on federal and state income taxes to the limits allowed by law.
A museum officer will be glad to meet with you or a person in charge of a corporate giving program to further explain our operation and needs. We can make arrangements for a tour of the museum site and a visit to our train, and perhaps even provide a ride on our train. Once you experience the thrill of riding in a restored caboose or passenger coach, see the smiles on children's faces, and the beauty of East Tennessee countryside, you'll understand the allure of the railroad and why we are working so hard to preserve this important piece of East Tennessee history.
A donation form is available, or you can contact the museum office by phone at 865-241-2140 or by mail at P.O. Box 6756, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
Besides serving as a boarding area, our new 5,000 square foot facility will also house the Museum's offices, space to display the Museum's extensive collection of railroad art and artifacts, a small area to sell Museum souvenirs, and an auditorium/classroom. It will also house a library of railroad documents named in honor of University of Tennessee Professor Edwin P. "Pete" Patton, an early member of the Museum and a noted scholar in the field of railroad transportation and logistics. An essential part of the station will be a boarding platform to allow greater handicap accessibility.
The station will be located on State Highway 58 at Burchfield Road between downtown Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Interstate 40. The Museum also plans to eventually construct a rail yard and shop complex next to the station. This will allow the Museum to display equipment that is not running on our excursion train, and will provide a facility for repairing and restoring historic rail equipment.
This page last revised: December 21, 2010For questions or comments about SARM, please call 865-241-2140