From the archives, this beautiful write up from Linda Sanders during her experience on a passenger excursion aboard Southern 4501 paints a picture of what we are missing out on. It was incredible to see that both the Engineer and Fireman were Meridian natives. Someday we hope that Meridian can once more experience passenger excursions again, but this time on board the 116.
‘I hear The Train A Comin’, It’s Moving Round The Bend…’
By Linda Sanders 07 NOV 1976 - The Clarion Ledger
From railroad crossings, school yards, sagging back porches, neat brick homes, a Picayune flower shop to small New Orleans yards and crowded streets, they wave at the passing green and gold steam locomotive.
And the train’s passengers – school children, railroad buffs, a sprinkling of old railroad men – and crew wave back.
In fact, engineer Red Jones of Meridian, dressed in traditional railroad ticking and wearing a jaunty cap, says he waves so much on these trips his arm is sore to the elbow.