The final week of preparations was under way Friday at the Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum Friday as curator Mary L. Irving and a team of volunteers get ready for its grand opening Sept. 14-16.
Festivities are timed to coincide with the seventh annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration that will be under way all around the new facility at 700 East Adams, across from the city’s restored train depot and Harvey House and at the site of the old Continental Grain Company.
“It’s starting to look really good,” Irving said Friday afternoon. “But we’ve been busy. I might sleep 100 hours after this is over.”
The museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday through Sunday so visitors can get their first look at the emerging displays.
Exhibits will be offered on the history of railroading in Brownwood and Brown County, and displays will feature railroad china from passenger trains, railroad freight and other related topics.
A railroader reunion is also planned from 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 when railroaders, former railroaders, their families and interested persons are invited for a special event.
“We’ll be meeting in the museum and sharing railroad stories, tall tales and flat-out lies,” Irving said. “It will be a good opportunity to meet up with old working buddies and get to know one another again.”
Participants will be allowed to park in the special needs area across Washington Street from the museum.
The museum will also be accepting Charter Members during the grand opening, and enrollment will continue through the first year of the museum’s operation. Various levels of financial participation will be available, and after Sept. 30, 2008, all charter members will have their named placed on a plaque. Forms will be offered at the museum beginning Sept. 14.
Admission to the railroad museum will be free throughout the Brownwood Reunion Celebration.
To volunteer or donate any items to the museum, call Irving at 643-6373.
“We’re looking for people who want to help make Brownwood’s new museum the best railroad museum ever,” Irving said.