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Roundhouse Rail Days offer various entertainment options

July 14, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

The Martinsburg Roundhouse Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., plans a weekend of entertainment, activities and model train displays for the seventh annual Roundhouse Rail Days beginning Saturday, July 16.

Proceeds from the event support the restoration of multiple national historic landmarks that make up the roundhouse center, says Martinsburg Roundhouse Center office manager, Jennifer Baker.

Rail days, planned for Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, will include arts and crafts vendors, Civil War re-enactors and food booths.


Three musical groups will perform over the weekend and the roundhouse will be filled with model train vendors and model train displays, Baker says.

Last year the two-day event drew about 4,000 people.

The Martinsburg Roundhouse Center traces its roots to 1848 when the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company constructed engine and machine shops on the site. The railroad buildings were burned by Confederate troops during the Civil War and were rebuilt between 1866-72. The complex of buildings is owned, maintained and restored by the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority.

Entertainment schedule:

Saturday, July 16

  • Noon and 3 p.m. - The Marcels

  • 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. - The Stoney Creek Blue Grass Band

Sunday, July 17

  • Noon and 3 p.m. - The Fabulous Hubcaps

If you go ...

WHAT: Seventh annual Roundhouse Rail Days

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17

WHERE: Martinsburg Roundhouse Center, 100 East Liberty Street, Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: $5 per day; 12 and younger, free; $5 onsite parking

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 south to the Queen Street exit. Merge onto W.Va. 9. Go about three miles. Turn left onto East Liberty Street.

MORE: The Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority will offer free bus and trolley transportation from Martinsburg bus stops. Look for the "free bus" signs. For more information, call 1-304-260-4141 or go to

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