Maryland Midland Railway

Maryland Midland Railway

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Maryland Midland Railway

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The Maryland Midland Railway is a Class III short-line railroad operating about 63 miles of track in central Maryland. It was originally headquartered in the former Western Maryland Railway station in Union Bridge, Maryland, however it is now located in a new facility across the street from the old station. The railroad has been 87.4% owned by Genesee and Wyoming Inc since 2008, with Lehigh Cement (the largest shipper on the line) retaining a 12.6% interest.

The railway currently operates on track from Highfield, Maryland (west) to Glyndon, Maryland (via a short two mile loop through Franklin County, Pennsylvania) (east) and from Woodsboro, Maryland (south) to Taneytown, Maryland (north).

History

Operations began in 1980 over a section of ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line from Taneytown to Walkersville, Maryland. Starting in 1983 the ex-Western Maryland Railway line from Emory Grove to Highfield was purchased from CSXT in sections.

The railroad's business grew from trains pulling 200 freight cars per year in the 1980s to 18,000 freight cars in 2006. By 2006, it owned a fleet of ten locomotives; three GP9 low hoods, and seven GP38-3, all of EMD build. Its rolling stock also included 410 freight cars owned and/or leased.

In 2008 the railroad was purchased by the Genesee and...
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