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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

Scenic Expedition

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad round trip excursion, originating from Downtown Cumberland, is an exciting mix of mountain scenery and rich transportation history. It's an entertaining and educational experience for riders of all ages and interests. Leaving Cumberland, the route travels west through a breach in the Allegheny Mountains over an iron truss bridge, around Helmstetter's Horseshoe Curve and through the 914 foot Brush Tunnel under Piney Mountain. In March 2020, the railroad suspended operations but is planning to reopen the railroad in stages. The first stage, beginning in June 2021, will be diesel-hauled excursions to Frostburg on a variety of passenger cars. Later in 2021, the railroad is planning to debut its steam locomotive No. 1309, which has undergone an extensive renovation and certification for service. No. 1309 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Chesapake and Ohio Railway in 1949, designed to handle the railroads heavy coal trains in Kentucky and West Virginia. It was retired in 1956, but has undergone a complete restoration. When complete, it will be the largest operationg steam locomotive of its type in the world.

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Western Maryland Railway Historical Society
13 Canal Street
Cumberland MD 21052
301-759-4400
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