Putting more rail into the Amory railroad festival

By Chris Wilson/Monroe Journal

AMORY – A new model train has made its way to Amory, and will be part of this year’s Railroad Festival attractions.
Festival chairman Bo Miller said the festival committee heard that there was a model steam train engine for sale at an auction house in Lackey and they made a bee line for it in hopes of acquiring it for use at the annual Railroad Festival. They purchased it and brought it to Amory on a trailer.
The train does not go, it’s stationary and is handmade. However, it stands 10 feet tall and 18 feet long. It sports a smoke stack capable of belching smoke and a cow catcher on the front. Its wheels can also turn if activated.
The train has signage on it from its original home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
But Miller said the entire train will be refurbished and painted with new wording to represent the Amory Railroad Festival.
“Our committee purchased it so we could add a more railroad-like look to the festival,” Miller said.
“We don’t know exactly how we will use the train, but it will be ready by April and be down at the park, probably by our T-shirt booth.”
The 2011 Amory Railroad Festival is set for the weekend of April 8-10.
Committees have already been meeting to iron out plans for this year’s event.
The Beta Sigma Phi Sorority that sponsors the arts and craft show has already mailed out invitation letters to its vendors for booth space.
For more information about the festival, call Miller at 256-2761.