Chew-chew train: Building Steam fundraiser a dining experience

The Caperton Train Station pedestrian bridge spanning the railroad tracks will be transformed to resemble an authentic BO Railroad dining car, according to Dick Klein, a member of the museum’s board. Guests will be treated to white-glove service and a unique dining experience, he said.

Dinner will be preceded by an oyster bar — shucked fresh on site — in the lobby of the train station at 229 E. Martin St. in downtown Martinsburg, as well as shrimp cocktail, appetizers, champagne, beer and wine.

“This is an exclusive dinner. We only can seat 44 guests,” Klein said. “And it’s our major fundraiser of the year.”

The menu includes fire roasted red pepper bisque; baby watercress salad; either blue crab au gratin or braised veal osso bucco entrees; blueberry maple bread pudding; and coffee service.

The dinner is at 7 p.m., Nov. 3. Tickets are $250 each, of which $125 is tax deductible. Tickets are available by emailing or calling the museum at 304-264-9977.

Sponsorships for the Building Steam fundraiser also are available by contacting the museum.

Guests will have a chance to meet the museum’s relatively new executive director, Robbie Babbitt. He started in June. He was asked to fill in when the museum lost its director earlier this year.

“I was intending to baby sit it for a while, but I like it, and I think I’ll hang in there,” Babbitt said in a recent interview.

He and his wife moved to Back Creek Valley about four years ago from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he said. He formerly worked in construction.

Babbitt said a new feature at the museum is an animated slide show of historic BO Railroad trains, locomotives, railroad workers and practically every train station, rail yard and depot from Brunswick, Maryland, to Cumberland, Maryland.

“It’s amazing how many little stations there were,” Babbitt said.

The slides were donated by Jeff Hollis.

The museum’s public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. There are special events scheduled throughout the year. Group tours and birthday parties are available by contacting the museum.

Opened in 2013, the children’s museum was the vision of Jim Castleman, the Berkeley County trustee of the Washington Heritage Trail. The museum is a project of WHT.

It features the history of the Eastern Panhandle from pre-historic times through the industrial revolution, focusing on George Washington’s excursions in the area as a young surveyor, the BO Railroad and the “characters” of the area.

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