Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

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Description:
The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) is a heritage railroad based in Cumberland, Maryland. It operates over ex-Western Maryland Railway (WM) trackage to Frostburg, Maryland and back using both steam and diesel locomotives.

The WMSR operates passenger excursion trains out of the former Western Maryland station in Cumberland, which also houses one of the six visitor centers of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park as well as other attractions and offices. This station was built in 1913.

In addition to coach and first class service, it is possible to reserve caboose rides. The railroad also runs murder mystery excursions and special seasonal trips.

Rail line description

The track, which for the most part follows an abandoned WM railroad line, proceeds northwest through "the Narrows," a deep gorge formed by the passage of Wills Creek between Haystack Mountain and Wills Mountain. The train then proceeds up the Allegheny Front through a water gap formed by Jennings Run, past Mt. Savage and terminates at the former Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad depot in Frostburg, which now houses a restaurant. The train lays over here to allow visiting the town, and the locomotive is turned on a turntable before the train returns to Cumberland.

Intermediate sights on the line include:
  • Helmstetter’s Curve in Cash Valley   
  • Brush Tunnel   
  • Woodcock Hollow, site of a hairpin curve   


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