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Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum
Maryland Historic Site
Hagerstown's Roundhouse Museum is dedicated to the memory of the Hagerstown Roundhouse, one of the finest, best-built roundhouses in North America. The complex was built in 1910 as part of the Western Maryland Railroad. The facility included a forging furnace, presses, sandblasting shops, and cranes that could lift the heaviest locomotives ever built. It was the main maintenance facility of the Western Maryland, one of six railroads that came to Hagerstown. (The others were the B&O, Cumberland Valley, Philadelphia & Reading, Norfolk & Western, and two Hagerstown trolley lines.) Four railroads continue to use the city today.
After a long preservation battle, the Hagerstown Roundhouse was demolished in 1999. The museum, located in a small remaining building near the site, has a restored Western Maryland locomotive on display. The museum has several other railroad displays and develops educational and restoration projects. An admission fee is charged. Located on Burhans Blvd. near the Hagerstown City Park, the museum is open Friday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.