CALLING THE TRAIN HOME: Murphy aims to upgrade railroad tracks, boost economy
The town of Murphy in Cherokee County is aiming to boost their economy, add jobs and bring in more tourists. All through some 2-inch long train whistles.
On Friday, October 5th, downtown Murphy will shut down as they attempt to set a new Guinness World Record with more than a thousand people blowing train whistles to the tune of "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain." It's to bring attention to getting trains back into Murphy.
Right now, Mayor Rick Ramsey says trains are ready to return to the tracks but the town needs some help with funding to get the equipment up to speed. The town is rich in railroad history with it once being a stop on the lines between Asheville and Atlanta.
With the return of trains, hauling both freight and tourists, the Mayor says it has been predicted to bring in more than 60 million dollars into the economy. The mayor hopes to have experience trains -- with themes and showing off the area's natural beauty. The trains could also stop at the new Harrah's casino.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the center of downtown and last until 8 p.m. Local officials will be there and Mayor Ramsey promises some fun surprises.