Children of all ages are fascinated by the sound of the whistle and the sight of the 1917 steam locomotive barreling down the tracks at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Now, thanks to Boy Scout Daniel Smith, one section of the railroad tracks which loops around the 95-acre museum site will have an extra added safety factor.
For his Eagle Scout project, Smith, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Smith of Tifton, chose to build a fence at the end of the play area near the railroad tracks. This fence provides an additional layer of safety for the children in the play area as the train approaches.
“Children have a tendency to run toward the train as it nears the station, and the train is unable to stop quickly,” Lynn McDonald, volunteer coordinator at the museum said. “The museum is very thankful to Daniel for his gift of safety to our guests.”
McDonald said Smith, a member of Troup 62, utilized many skills during the process from planning, measuring, budgeting, fundraising, supervising other Scouts and communicating with the museum staff.
“Daniel met with me and started planning the project,” McDonald said. “He had to work around our busy schedule and his other commitments including school and Boy Scouts.”
McDonald issued a special thanks to Short and Paulk Supply Company for its donation to Smith’s project.