New railroad museum opens in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A new museum has opened that tells the story of railroading in Memphis.

Mike Fleming, vice president of the nonprofit group that operates the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum, told The Commercial Appeal that he hopes visitors learn how important the railroad has been in the history of the city.

The museum includes pieces from railroad history, including an old baggage cart, and elaborate model trains. Under construction in another room is a diorama with a working trolley.

But Fleming said it was only the beginning for the museum, which fills up about 2,000 square feet. It expects to get a $25,000 donation if it can raise matching funds -- and then fill out another 17,000 square feet.

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