Tom Perry will be the featured speaker at a meeting sponsored by the Surry County Genealogical Association and the Mount Airy Public Library. on Monday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
Perry will discuss his book, “A Dinky Railroad- The Mount Airy and Eastern Railway,” and relate the history of the Dinky Railroad and the train that came from Mount Airy, N.C. nearly to the trestle that crosses the Ararat River. Heading into the quarry, a round table was built so the train could get on the round table and be turned around to go up the Dinky Railroad past White Sulfur Springs, and into Kibler Valley to hook to the cars that were loaded with timber, which then was hauled to the furniture factories in Mt. Airy to be used in making furniture.
Although this was over 100 years ago, there are lots of stories about the train and the railroad.
Chip Bondurant will bring his train and have it set up. If you have a train set, you’re encouraged to contact the association by emailing its president, Esther Johnson, at EPDJ1@traid.rr.com.
The man and children pictured with the Dinky Train are Johnson’s uncle, Woodrow Worrell and his oldest children, Vernon and Cecil Worrell.