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November 1, 2012

Rail history available in new book ‘Railroads of Meridian’



Coming this weekend

    The 10th Annual Soulé Live Steam Festival, Meridian RailFest and Carousel Organ Association of America Fall Rally is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3, centered around the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum located inside the Soulé Steam Feed Works building, and at the Meridian Railroad Museum adjacent to Union Station. Admission is free.

    Students from area schools are welcomed as groups on Friday, which is designated "youth day."  Student groups should contact the museum to set up arrival and departure times.

    The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum features operating steam engines from the museum's steam engine collection along with visiting collectors' engines.

    With the Carousel Organ Association of America's Fall Rally participants will be able to enjoy the sounds of the carousel organ and remember the old-time festival music during their performances of the "happiest music on earth."

    This year's Meridian Railroad Museum's RailFest will feature visiting railroad rolling stock. Many railroadiana and model railroad vendors will be selling their products during the event. The model railroad set is one of the largest in the region and a favorite of the children. For more information visit the website

    Alabama Art Casting's "Sparks in the Dark" presentation, sponsored by the Meridian-Lauderdale County Tourism Commission and the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, will be held on Saturday night. Watch molten iron pour and sparks fly as the crew works to fill molds prepared by local students and individuals. Light-off is at 6:30 p.m. with molten iron pouring within the hour. Mold-making classes are held during the day Saturday and molds cost $20 per person. There are a limited number of molds available for the event so those interested in participating are encouraged to come early.

    Food vendors will be on site. For more information about Meridian's Whistlestop Weekend visit the website or contact the Lauderdale County Tourism Commission at (601) 482-8001.

    Also on Friday Philadanco will perform at the MSU Riley Center at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit the website, or call (601) 696-2200.

    On Saturday Meridian Main Street will host "Earth's Bounty," the extended farmer's market event held the first Saturday of the month. This Saturday's event will be the last for this season. It begins at 8 a.m., and will feature in-season local fresh produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, and more. Earth's Bounty is held at Singing Brakeman Park, next to the Meridian Railroad Museum on Front Street.

    Scheduled entertainment Saturday night will feature The Mississippi Jamboree at the Tempe Theater, 2320 Eighth St., a variety of tribute music artists beginning at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Pearl River Productions. Tickets are $10. For more information call (601) 693-5353.

    On Saturday and Sunday the Homemaker Craft Show and Sale will be held, 9 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Frank Cochran Center in Highland Park, which will be filled with booths offering a variety of crafts. Admission is $1.

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