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Take in spring’s beauty on the rails

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Roane County’s Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have narrated one-hour spring colors trips and a Murder Mystery dinner train this month.

The spring colors trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1  and 3 p.m. on April 6 and 20. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for ages 3-12.  

Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the museum at 865-241-2140.

During the rides, a short narrative will describe the historic Manhattan Project and the historical significance of the railroad serving it.

Popcorn, refreshments and railroad souvenirs will be available in the train’s commissary car.

Oak Ridge High School Masquers drama club will perform on the Murder Mystery dinner at 6 p.m. April 20.

The play will be performed during dinner aboard the museum’s restored Pullman dining car. Built in 1924, it’s among the dining cars of the great railroads of the 1930s and 1940s.

Chef Andras Bartha will offer a choice of four entrées.

Cost is $70 per person, including tax and gratuity. Seating is limited; advance reservations are required.

Payment by check must be mailed in advance, and callers should be prepared to choose their entrée when calling for reservations at 865-241-2140.

Southern Appalachia Railway Museum is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Volunteers restore, maintain and operate vintage railroad equipment that formerly served railroads in the South.

Membership is open to anyone who has a love of trains and the desire to be involved in preserving the railroading history of Tennessee and the South. Visit www.southernappalachia.railway.museum for details.

A fundraising drive for construction of a museum/depot is under way. A grant for part of the construction is in place, but costs over and above are to be borne by the museum.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, P.O. Box 6756, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.