Local railroad museum looking for memorabilia

By Dean Manning

For the Mountain Advocate

Have an old piece of railroad history?

Perhaps a signal light, tools, photos or an old uniform?

Then officials with the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission are asking that you donate it for display at the upcoming Corbin Railroad Museum.

“We are taking any railroad artifacts,” said Maggy Kriebel, Director of Corbin Tourism and organizer of a special event this coming Saturday where officials are hoping to collect railroad related artifacts for the museum.

“Everyone can come and donate items. We will take any type of railroad artifact, it doesn’t matter where it comes from,” Kriebel said. “We don’t have nearly enough variety right now so we are appealing to the public. We know there is some good stuff out there.”

The “Railroad Artifact Intake Event” will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the old L&N Depot on Depot Street. Kriebel said she’s already received quite a few phone calls from people interested in taking part.

“I think the event is going to be really busy,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of calls. One guy is coming in from Ashland and he wants to spend the night. He’s got some stuff to donate. He thinks it’s the coolest thing ever.”

People have two options for their items. They can outright donate them to the museum, or loan them for display.

Kriebel said she understands some people would be reluctant to completely part with items they might consider valuable or sentimentally important, so that’s why the option to loan items to the museum was offered.

While Tourism officials will take any railroad artifact, Kriebel said one thing in particular that they are in desperate need of uniforms.

“We’d love for people to bring old uniforms in. That’s something we really want badly,” she said. “There’s a lot of railroad stuff out there, but for some reason people just don’t think to keep the uniforms.”

Kriebel said there are plans for a “crew check-in station” at the museum when it is completed, which is where any uniforms donated will be displayed.