Southeastern Railway Museum plans major expansion project

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DULUTH, Ga. (AP) The Southeastern Railway Museum is planning its largest expansion project since it moved to its current site northeast of Atlanta about two decades ago, officials said.

The museum, designated Georgia's Transportation History Museum, aims to open the $1 million, 21,000-square-foot Rail Transit Exhibit building this fall.

The new addition will have four tracks for the display of at least eight historic rail cars, museum officials said. The expanded space will also include a central area that will be used for transit displays or other exhibits, and as an events space.

"This new building will allow the museum to improve how we interpret and tell the history of transportation in Georgia," Randy Pirkle, the museum's administrator, said in a statement.

The new building is partially funded by a $500,000 grant, but the museum is still working to raise $200,000 to cover costs related to the project, officials said.

The museum is in Duluth, about 25 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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