Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Cumberland, MD
October 16, 2002

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is a tourist line in Maryland which runs steam and diesel excursions in the hills between Cumberland and Frostburg. The route follows much of the former Western Maryland Railroad's right-of-way, including passing by famous Helmstetter's Horseshoe Curve.

After seeing the WMSR and their beefy 2-8-0 Consolidation #734 featured on a PBS special on tourist railroads, I knew I had to ride it - so in 2002 I ordered tickets for a fall excursion. As it turned out, it was chilly and moist the day of the trip - perfect for watching a steam locomotive do its thing!

You can find out more about the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad on their web site:

Cumberland, MD
This is the former Western Maryland station in Cumberland, where the WMSR excursions depart.
WMSR 2-8-0 approaches the station for the first excursion of the day.
Boarding the passengers - notice the lady with the box full of snacks!

Frostburg, MD
#734 brings the train into Frostburg, and the passengers disembark to see the town.
It's hard to get a shot of #734 with all the people around...
...but eventually the crowds part!
#734 takes a spin on the turntable to get ready for the return trip.
The view from above.
All steamed up and ready to go!


Last modified: June 17, 2007