Hattiesburg to thank local business for train exhibit restoration

Hattiesburg to thank local business for train exhibit restoration
Photo credit: WDAM
Photo credit: WDAM
Photo credit: WDAM
Photo credit: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg business, the city of Hattiesburg and several local historians have teamed up to turn a rusting group of old trains at the Hattiesburg Train Depot into an impressive exhibit of early 20th century railroad history.

Hattiesburg's Warren Paving funded the restoration of two locomotives and a baggage car that have been parked at the north end of the depot for years.

The exhibit also includes information about each train and new fencing.

The city will say a special thank you to Warren Paving Saturday during annual National Train Day activities at the depot.

"With this restoration, they're a huge gift," said Ann Jones, general manager of parks and recreation for Hattiesburg. "They're a huge opportunity for the young at heart and the young in age to come together and revisit the heritage of this area."

One of the locomotives hauled freight in the PIne Belt for decades, the other was used at the former Hercules plant and the baggage car was originally a Pullman sleeping car from the 1920s.