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Railroad Historian Victor Baird to address Topeka Historical Society

Victor Baird, railroad author and historian, will be in Topeka to do a PowerPoint presentation as well a book signing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Topeka Branch Library.

Baird’s new book, Railroading on the Wabash Fourth District, has just been released. The event is open to the public and is being hosted by the Topeka Area Historical Society.

“We are so honored to host Victor as the first stop on his book signing tour,” said Topeka Historical Society President Harold Gingerich. “Baird’s new book is probably the definitive work on what was known as the Wabash Railroad’s ‘Chicago Extension.’ It’s loaded with over 300 pages of pictures. Topeka has been extremely well represented.”

Unfortunately, Topeka’s railroading days are a thing of the past, since the last tracks were removed in 1985. But Baird’s presentation will be a great opportunity for parents to bring their children to learn more about the role of the railroad in the community’s development. Anyone who loves trains will enjoy this meeting.

The Topeka Area Historical Society holds bi-monthly public meetings and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Newsletters are given to each of the students in Topeka Elementary’s four 3rd grade classes. Newsletters are also available online at

The meeting is open to the public. For more information call (260) 499-0126.