April 12 - Kennesaw Georgia - Great Train Chase Event (150th Anniversary)
April 12, 2012 will mark the 150th anniversary of the actual event in which James Andrews and a group of Union raiders captured the locomotive General in Big Shanty (modern Kennesaw) only to be pursued and caught by William Fuller and Confederates using, over the course of the chase, three different locomotives, most notably the Texas. The City of Kennesaw plans to hold a daytime ceremony to commemorate the event, which will be open and free to the public. Museum members are invited to attend a special evening event with the General locomotive; interpreters retell and chronicle the Great Locomotive Chase inside the Museum. Museum will be free to the public all day.
The museum is attempting to create a special LCCA tour and possible train excursion on a CSX special train on 4-12. The museum will want us to present the LCCA General trains during the evening ceremony at 8:30 PM. There will be some documentary from the local university there. The LCCA mini layout and our LCCA backdrop at this event.
On April 12th: Breakfast at the Lacy (6:00am—8:00am) - Enjoy an early morning breakfast at the Trackside Grill Open to the public $20 per person
150th Proclamation of the Great Locomotive (8:30am)
This special event will include actors and interpreters retell the chronicle the Great Locomotive Chase inside the museum.
Great Locomotive Chase Dinner (6:30pm—8:00pm) Join us for dinner at the Trackside Grill. Open to the Public $100 per person Dessert at the Southern Museum (8:30pm—10:30pm) After dinner enjoy dessert at the Southern Museum or just come for dessert for $25 per person with the music of Bobby Horton to entertain you.
The museum is putting together an itinerary for April 12 for the LCCA. There will be a tour of the CSX diner and observation cars, plus a tour of the museum, archives and collections. This will also include breakfast, the commemoration proclamation and a cannon firing. The tour of the CSX cars will be before lunch, probably after the proclamation and cannon firing.
The events begin at 8:30 am with the Commemoration. LCCA members may join us for breakfast at 6:00 am. Advance registration and payment Breakfast is available on a limited basis. Please make your registration by April 5th.
The link to the 150th page on the museum website, http://www.southernmuseum.org/visit/civil-war-anniversary/