Huntington, WV (HNN) --Local author Bob Withers will discuss and sign copies of his new book, "The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in West Virginia," Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Downtown Depot, 401 Ninth Street Plaza. The book is one of the newest additions to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Rail series.
Withers, 62, is a native of Huntington and a 1969 graduate of Marshall University. He recently retired after 38 years as a reporter and copy editor for The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington.
His keen interest in railroads, especially the B&O, was developed during his elementary school years, when B&O steam engines chugged past his school. Seeing Dwight Eisenhower’s campaign train on the same line in 1952 intensified that interest.. Over the years, he formed friendships with many B&O railroaders, some of whom shared old railroad photographs with him, so he could experience the rich segments of railroad history he had missed.
Since 1959, Withers has been a charter member of the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society Inc., a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and has served as its president and recording secretary.
He has written two previous books as well as several articles on railroads for Trains magazine, Classic Trains magazine, Railfan & Railroad magazine and was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of North American Railroads (Indiana University Press, 2007).
Withers is pastor of Seventh Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington, where he has served for 24 years. He and his wife live in Huntington and have three adult daughters and three grandchildren.
The Downtown Depot is open Monday – Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. In addition to the WV artisan products, books and CDs, the store sells sundry items often seen only in a drugstore, and snack foods.
The store is owned and operated by Goodwill Industries and revenue from sales helps support the agency’s many training programs for people with barriers which have prevented them from entering or re-entering the workplace.
For more information, contact Ms. Carter T. Seaton, Marketing Director at 304.525.7034.