By Chris Wilson/Monroe Journal
AMORY – BNSF Railway will bring its special excursion rail car to Amory on Monday as a stop in its 6,000-mile tour route through six states this month.
According to BNSF, the unique train features 15 restored passenger rail cars that revive the romantic era of railroading.
BNSF employees and their families, as well as BNSF customers and state and local officials will be given the opportunity to ride a portion of the route.
The 2010 BNSF Special train is an opportunity for the railroad to partner with the communities the company serves, said John Ambler, BNSF vice president of corporate relations. “It’s our privilege to share the excitement of the railroad with these special passengers and to say thank you for the vital role in our company and in the communities we serve,” Ambler said.
The train began its excursion on May 29 in Topeka, Kansas, traveling through Missouri, Oklahoma and stopping in Amory on Monday.
Amory is the only stop in Mississippi for the train. BNSF officials said the Amory excursion is in recognition of the partnership between the rail industry and historic Amory. It is stopping in 13 cities, including Memphis and Birmingham.
The train features a dining car, Lake Superior, which is a 1958 era stainless steel covered car that formerly traveled the Northern Pacific routes. It has a dining capacity of 48 people at 12 tables and a complete kitchen.
Amory’s passengers are by invitation only and will board the train at 12:30 p.m. at the BNSF Yard Office on North Front Street.