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Roundhouse Rail Days engineers a good time

July 20, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Grant Diefenderfer might be only 3 years old, but he loves trains and music.

The place to be Saturday for the Waynesboro, Pa., boy was the Martinsburg Roundhouse Center for the 10th annual Roundhouse Rail Days celebration.

"Choo, choo, choo," Grant said when a real train sped through the station as he and his mother, Brenda Diefenderfer, navigated through the exhibits and displays.

When she heard about the event, Brenda said, she knew it would be perfect for Grant. He wore his train shirt and beloved railroader hat, which was several sizes too big.

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Civil War re-enactors, food vendors, a blacksmith shop and tours of the restored B&O Roundhouse and other buildings are part of the event, which continues today. Several area bands played on three separate stages throughout the day.

A trolley took visitors to and from the Roundhouse location. Children and adults also could ride around the site on a miniature train.

"My mom, Rosetta Chiofalo, is the director of the Roundhouse," Pete Gedon said. "I've been working here for about three weeks getting the site in shape - the grass was knee-high."

Dee and Larry Wolfinger traveled from Chambersburg, Pa., and said they never regretted their decision to make the trip.

"We heard about it on the radio," Dee said. "We are enjoying it a lot."

Larry said the price of gasoline notwithstanding, it is good to get out and about when you can.

"This is a great event to see," he said.

If you go

What: Roundhouse Rail Days

When: Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Martinsburg Roundhouse Center, 100 Liberty St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

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