Railroad dispatcher to present update

Lars Byrne

PHILIPPI — Lars Byrne, the senior dispatcher for the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad, will discuss the latest developments in tourist trains during a luncheon meeting Sept. 12 at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi.

Byrne, who is also a licensed conductor and former locomotive engineer, will describe the addition of new track from Durbin to Cass, new schedules from Belington, Elkins, Durbin and Cass, the certification of steam locomotives and the latest tourist trains from Elkins to Bald Knob in Pocahontas County, the third-highest mountain in West Virginia.

Lunch will be available from the Medallion’s menu or from the daily hot-bar starting at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at noon. The public is invited. Pre-paid reservations are not required, but for planning purposes those who wish to attend are asked to notify the sponsoring Chamber of Commerce office by telephone at 304-457-1958 or by email at info@barbourchamber.org

Byrne is a native of Barbour County, a graduate of county schools, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Alderson Broaddus College in 1972.