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Today's McCauley lecture focuses on railroad

October 02, 2006

The Robert McCauley Historical Lecture Series at the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown will begin its 36th year today.

Randy Anderson, local railroad historian, will present the second part of the history of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad-Weverton to Hagerstown branch in meeting room B/C beginning at 7 p.m.

Last year, he covered the southern portion of the line.

The presentation will complete his talk about the line from Keedysville to Hagerstown Station, including a connection with the Western Maryland Railway and the Security Branch, which served industries including the cement plant.

"The B&O Finally Reaches Hagerstown" will be the rest of the story.

Anderson is a Hagerstown native, graduate of South Hagerstown High School and was employed by the Washington County Health Department as an environmental health inspector.

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He has been interested in all aspects of the railroad hobby: photography, modeling, research, developing slide programs and industrial archaeology.

Since retiring in 2000, he has devoted much of his time to researching local railroad history, increasing his interest in freight car history, high-detail freight car modeling and making metal patterns for resin kit manufacturers.

Admission is free, but due to limited seating, tickets must be obtained in advance at the Information Desk.

Additional information is available by calling John Frye in the Western Maryland Room, 301-739-3250, ext. 158.

The 2006-07 lecture series schedule is as follows:

· Nov. 13 - "Braddock's Army: From Defeat to Redemption" by Roger Swartz

· Dec. 4 - "John Brown Comes to Washington County" by Dennis Frye

· Jan. 8 - "Union or Secession: The Maryland General Assembly April-May 1861" by Tim Snyder

· Feb. 5 - "A Century of Hagerstown Baseball" by Bob Savitt

· March 5 - "Hagerstown Newspapers 1860-1865" by Carol Appenzellar

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