State lawmakers get glimpse inside train depot restoration work

by Trish Rudder

About 14 members of the West Virginia Legislature visited the Berkeley Springs Train Depot on Monday, November 14 as part of their tour of the Town of Bath.

Their interim meetings are being held at Cacapon Resort State Park and it gave the town an opportunity to show them some new projects going on in Bath.

Bath Town Recorder Susan Webster, who chairs the Depot committee, gave the legislators some of the history of the train depot and its ongoing restoration project.

“We are actively seeking donations to continue the restoration project of the interior,” Webster said.

“This is part of the North Berkeley Revitalization Project,” she said, that includes the North Berkeley Rail Trail (NBRT).

The train station will be the trailhead, Webster said.

Rebecca MacLeod, who co-chairs the NBRT and Streetscape committee with Pete Brown, both volunteer their time toward making improvements in Bath.

MacLeod said the improvements spur economic growth in the community.

Webster added the town is a “very strong volunteer community.”

She gave “All Aboard – Save Our Station” flyers to the legislators and Bath Councilman Greg Forney said people can share the video by scanning the barcode on the flyer to see the Depot’s Master Plan.

Donations can be made online at through the CNB Bank, Webster said.

West Virginia Sen. Bill Hamilton of Pocahontas County said he is a “history buff” and was very impressed with the train depot.  He said this is his third visit to Berkeley Springs and saw the improvements to the historic town.

Sen. Hamilton said he also liked the new additions at Cacapon State Park.

Bath Town Council member Susan Webster tells the WV Legislature members some of the train depot’s history.
photo by Trish Rudder