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After years of steam operations, the the nonprofit owned and operated Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has had to change their way of thinking. While still focusing on the restoration of 1309 and the eventual repairing of Mountain Thunder 734, WMSR has done some re-strategizing to keep money flowing in and the dream alive…
With their 501 Diesel Engine being repainted into the Circus Colors, WMSR has been focusing their efforts on unique events along their historic rails. From Mountain Moonshine Tastings with Dinner to a Calm Narrated Tour through the Allegheny Mountains or a Christmas Storybook Experience, there is literally something for everyone.
The schedule of specialty trains include Murder Mysteries, Mountain Moonshine Tastings, Craft Beer Trains, Allegany County Wines Train, Christmas City Express and more!
In addition, General Excursions with Narration are running every weekend from now until mid November!
Reviews rave of “great food,” that “everyone was friendly and the trip was really enjoyable,” and “would highly recommend it to everyone.”
In regards to the progress of the restoration of 1309 & 734, the dream of steam is alive but, unfortunately, until money can be obtained for those purposes, WMSR is unable to invest it’s own profits without sacrificing its standard.
Donations are being accepted by mail or online (13 Canal Street Cumberland, MD 21502 or WMSR.com) and have been coming in. The money is in it’s own account at a local Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and most recently, because of the donations, WMSR was able able to pay for the restoration work to continue on the locomotive’s driving wheels in Tennessee. And, even more recently, 1309 has passed its hydro test which means that work is being done again, and we are making even more progress!
As Executive Director of WMSR, John Garner is proud of his team and optimistic for the future of WMSR. This year in particular is a special year as it is WMSR’s 30th anniversary!
“The Mountains of Allegany County are open year-round, and so is the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. See you on board!”
Scenic excursions depart at 11:30 AM from the Western Maryland Station in Cumberland, Maryland. The train returns to the Station at approximately 3:00 PM. There will be a 1 1/2 hour layover in Frostburg where you may enjoy lunch, watch us turn the engine on a turntable, explore the shops and restaurants on Frostburg's Main Street and visit the Thrasher Carriage Museum which is free to our guests.
Reservations are recommended as trains can sell out. Please plan to arrive by 11 AM to pick up your tickets at the Ticket Office located on the second floor of the Station. If you have a guest who requires additional time boarding, please be ready to board approx. 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure and we will do our best to accommodate them before general boarding begins.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
Adult - $30 ; Child (0-12) - $30
Adult with meal - $65 ; Child with meal - $45
(Saturdays & Sundays, March 3 – April 29)
(Fridays – Sundays starting May 4-June 3)
(Thursdays – Sundays starting June 7 – Sept 30) – $30 Standard Coach Thursdays!
(Everyday in October except Mondays)
(Fridays – Sundays, November 2-18)
Travel back through time aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad with our 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0, Mountain Thunder, or our restored diesel engine. You’ll climb through the spectacular scenery of the Allegheny Mountains. A narrator will be aboard to provide you with information about the scenery, history, and culture along your route.
Intriguing mysteries will be presented throughout the season and you have two choices on where you want to experience the fun! In the Dining Car, dinner will be served on the outbound trip with dessert served on the return trip. In the Parlor Car, you won't receive a meal but you will enjoy the mystery in the comfort of a newly restored car.
There is a cash bar onboard for passengers to purchase wine and beer as well as soft drinks. Identification will need to be shown at the time of purchase of any drink containing alcohol.
Looking for something a little different than the standard excursion? We have just the thing with our Specialty Trains. Excursions vary by season, and offer a great way to add variety to return visits.