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28th Annual Water Valley RR Festival; Amory, Mississippi

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by KaBar2, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. KaBar2

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    28th Annual Water Valley RR Festival; Amory, Mississippi

    Discussion started by KaBar2 - Apr 6, 2004

    Coming right up is the 28th Annual Water Valley Railroad Festival, in Amory, MS scheduled for APRIL 12-18, 2004. Of course, the big weekend is April 17-18, but some of y'all might be able to make a week of it. The list of tramps (en route to Amory as I write) is impressive. I SURE WISH I COULD GO, but unfortunately I'm stuck preparing my mother's home for sale. Got to paint it, replace a door, etc., etc. It's a sad duty, but when someone dies these things must be done.

    Every year down at Amory, numerous people ride in. Unlike Britt, which is covered up with cops for several days before the Convention, the Local cops in Amory are a little more tolerant, as long as you aren't drinking alcohol. It's a "dry" town. No public drinking, no public intoxication is permitted. Other than that, though, it's quite a party. If you play an instrument, bring it.

    Amory is on the BNSF mainline running southwest out of Memphis (a lousy town--not many tramps care for Memphis.)

    Coming from Texas, the standard catch is to Shreveport, Louisiana (Lousy-ana---DON'T GET BUSTED IN LOUSY-ANA) and then east on the Kansas City Southern through Monroe, LA to Vicksburg, MS, then to Jackson, MS to Meridian, MS. In Meridian, you get off and catch north through Electric Mills, Shuqulak, Macon, Artesia to West Point. Be careful in Artesia and West Point--they are both junction towns. If your train takes the east switch in Artesia, you'll wind up in Columbus. (If this happened, you could just go over to the BNSF in Columbus, and discreetly board a northbound, which all go through Amory.) If your train takes the northwest switch in West Point, you'll wind up in Tupelo. Neither one of these occurances is a disaster, because both of those towns aren't too far from Amory. (You DEFINATELY need a map. Hell, take several maps.)

    Anyway. Any writers in Mississippi, take note. Oh, and don't hit anything in Amory, the local cops will not be amused.

    The correct switch (northeast bound) in West Point will take you to Aberdeen JCT, then on to Amory.
     
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    chrleschapln - Replied Apr 18, 2004

    I dont live in mississippi but paint there quite often its a drive but the cars and the change of lines is well worth it anyone in the south utilizing this resource or is it just me Where do you think all thos MB boxcars come from
     
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    KaBar2 - Replied Apr 26, 2004

    Report from Amory

    I've heard from Stretch and I've heard from Mad Mary---both report that the water Valley RR Days was a great success. There were 61 tramps on the sign-in board--five former Hobo Kings and Queens, including the Patriarch, Steamtrain Maury Graham, his wife Wanda, the current 2004 King of Hobos, "Hobo Spike" and his Queen,
    Mama Jo, and the 2003 King of Hobos, Redbird Express and his Queen, Lady Nightingale.

    Everybody had a great time---the local cafes fed the tramps several nights, and there was two separate barbeque dinners held by local townspeople for the tramps. I sure hope I get to go next year--the last couple of years have really sucked for me--twice now I've been prevented from going to Amory by some family disaster I had to deal with. I sure hope we'll get a break for a while.
     
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    Writer Knighter - Replied Feb 10, 2017

    Does this still go on? Any word for this year, if so?
     
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    KaBar2 - Replied Mar 15, 2017

    The Amory Railroad Festival is April 6,7,8 and 9 this year (2017.) Amory is a dry town in a dry county, so be very careful bringing alcohol in. The camp is in the middle of the largest city park in town, right inn front of a historic steam locomotive on display. This event is a huge deal for the city of Amory, so be careful to not do anything to upset the local people. Definitely do not do any graffiti in town, the local judge would probably throw the book at you. Tramps are treated very well in Amory during the railroad festival, just behave yourself. There are very, very few motel or hotel rooms in town or even within reasonable driving distance during the festival. The town is jammed with thousands of tourists. There are often fifty or sixty tramps in the jungle. Port-a-potties are available, but no public showers. There are many food booths, live music on the stage in the park, and a great railroad museum.
     
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