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October 18, 2009

Whistlestop Weekend arrives Nov. 6-7

The 7th Annual Whistlestop Weekend sounds off in downtown Meridian on Friday, Nov. 6 and continues Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Whistlestop Weekend combines two unique festivals into one amazing experience the whole family will enjoy. Best of all, admission is free.

The Meridian Railroad Museum will host Railfest. A variety of railroad memorabilia will be on display along with an operational model railroad and Amtrak will display several pieces of equipment including a locomotive, passenger car, and dining and sleeper cars.

Mississippi Rail Car of Meridian will display two newly refurbished cars that were repaired at the Meridian shop. According to Mick Nussbaum, director of the Meridian Railroad Museum, these cars were involved in a train derailment and are repaired better than before.

Nussbaum said: “They are holding off to paint these cars until closer to the festival, so these cars can really look good. They’ll have representatives on hand with before photos of the wrecked cars.”

The Meridian Railroad Museum is located at 1805 Front Street in the original 100-year-old Railway Express Agency building.

One block away, the Soule’ Live Steam Festival at the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum will be the place to visit to see real operating steam engines on display. Guests can browse the museum’s collection of steam engines, see visiting collector’s engines and hear the sound of whistles blowing off some steam. Debuting last year, the steam demonstration room features a 1905 Watts-Campbell Corliss operating steam engine and an 1870 Manchester steam engine originally restored and operated by the Ford Museum.

Demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the museum. The belt-driven machine shop will be operated by the Industrial Technology students from Meridian Community College. Other demonstrations include blacksmithing, pottery making, knitting, broom making and the operation of an antique print shop. The museum grounds will feature antique tractors and hit-and-miss engines.

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