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Railroad photos on display in W.Va. exhibit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new exhibit is highlights 51 railroad photographs taken by a Wheeling native.

Officials say the Culture Center in Charleston exhibit features photos taken by J.J. Young Jr. who died in 2004.

Young bequeathed 6,328 images of trains in Wheeling and Charleston from the late 1940s through 2001 to the West Virginia State Archives.

An official with the West Virginia State Archives says it's the best collection of railroad photographs it has.

The 51 photographs chosen for the exhibit include 30 from Wheeling and 21 from Charleston.

Young worked for the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad before moving to New York in 1959 to teach photography. He relocated to Charleston in 1995 following his retirement.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of January.


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