The Hogger arrives in LaBelle

LaBelle resident and author, “Bob” Kyle, will be hosting a book signing featuring his new fiction novel, THE HOGGER.

Born into a railroad family in the mountains of West Virginia, Daniel Edwin James decides from an early age to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a railroader. Living at the crest of Cranberry Grade in Terra Alta, young Dan is fascinated with the trains, and especially the locomotives that pull them. On Saturday Nights, the men gather and watch the passing parade of man and machine doing battle with the mountain. The sound, the exhaust, the steam that envelops the locomotives – all call to the young boy. However, it’s the guys who run these giant fire-breathing machines that really capture Dan’s imagination. These Engineers are called “Hoggers,” and Dan is determined that one day he, too, will claim this coveted title.

Stating the book is about a man’s love of God, family, and the main characters passion about his career, Kyle goes on to explain, “When people found out I was writing a book about railroads and Engineers, they assumed the book would be one train ride after the other, and of course this isn’t the case.” Asked whether this is a story about himself, the author states even though it is not, there are several similarities between himself and the main character. Kyle goes on, “Growing up in St Marys, West Virginia with the tracks going down Main Street influenced me at an early age and developed my passion for trains and railroads. Like my main character, from an early age I wanted to grow up, work for the railroad, and of course become an Engineer.”

With knowledge of railroads, West Virginia, and the old B&O Railroad, Kyle is able to blend history, railroading, and family into an easy to read story. During his railroad career, Kyle has held several positions including Conductor, Engineer, and Trainmaster. Kyle is currently an Engineer for the Seminole Gulf Railway in Fort Myers.

The book signing will take place the evening of Jan 4, 2019 during Friday on Fort Thompson. The signing will be from 6-9 p.m. at Bridge Street Coffee & Tea located at 23 Fort Thompson Av. Along with Charlie Harris and Charles Duncan, Kyle invites everyone to attend a fun and memorable evening.

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