By Alice Ortiz/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Amory Main Street Inc. has completed phase one of renovations on Engine 1529 in Frisco Park.
A new iron fence, installed around the train, was made possible by funding from the BNSF Foundation, the Amory Railroad Festival Executive Committee and the North Monroe County Community Foundation. Amory Main Street applied for and received generous funding from the BNSF Foundation in 2009.
The main street association is soliciting funds and volunteer labor for the train to be painted and undergo repairs.
“We need volunteers to help prepare and paint the train,” said Main Street Manager Lorie Bryant. “We especially need experienced people who can paint and also experienced welders.”
Bryant said Sullivan Ornamental of Nettleton built the fence from scratch.
“He worked beautifully with us on the price and timeline,” Bryant said.
The city of Amory’s street department tore down the old chain link and barbwire fence and helped with the cost.
“The signs have to be put back,” said Bryant. “Amory Main Street paid for the paint and sign. This will last many, many years. We want to have more historically accurate info on the train.”
Bryant said she was excited to have the fence project finished.
“Now, if we can just get some volunteers to do a sign, paint and help us restore the train,” Bryant said. “The train is such a part of our heritage in Amory. It is also a tourist attraction. That is one reason I felt it important to work on this project.”
Bryant said they could not have done this project without the help they have received from others. Anyone who would like to help in phase two of the train renovation can contact her at (662) 256-8700.