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Your adventure begins at the historic Western Maryland Railway Station in the “Queen City” of Cumberland. Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of your journey behind one of our vintage steam or diesel engines from the comfort of one of our restored coaches. You'll travel west from downtown Cumberland, through a natural cut in the mountains, around a horseshoe curve, over bridges, and through a tunnel. As you glide past scenic ridges, valleys, and small towns, you'll ascend 1,300 feet in elevation to the “Mountain City” of Frostburg. A narrator will be your guide to the views and history along the way!

Our daytime scenic excursion departs the Cumberland Station at 11:30am for a 3 1/2 hour round trip to Frostburg. During a 90-minute layover in Frostburg, watch our crew turn the engine on the turntable, visit the Thrasher Carriage Museum (free admission with train ticket!), and explore Frostburg's historic Main Street.

The photos below show just a few of the highlights from our excursions!


Western Maryland Station at Canal Place
Home to the C&O Canal Museum and nearby Shops at Canal Place, the Western Maryland Station dates back to 1913.

Downtown Cumberland
Our elegant downtown area flourishes with restaurants, antiques, shops, live theater, art studios and corporate offices.
Photo Credit: 2004 Governor's Press Office

The Narrows
This cut in the Allegheny Front was America's first Gateway To The West, used by the National Road, the B&O, C&P and Western Maryland railways.

Double Truss Bridge #1679
Leaving the Narrows, our train crosses the National Road before heading north past Wills Mountain toward Mount Savage.
Photo Credit: 2004 Governor's Press Office

Helmstetter's Curve
A favorite photo spot for train buffs, Helmstetter's Curve is a 1/2 mile arc that sweeps across Cash Valley, looking very much as it did in the hey-day of steam railroading.

Brush Tunnel
If it looks familiar, you may remember this tunnel from the Pontiac Montana commercial shot here a few years ago! Riders especially enjoy entering and exiting this curving portal.
Photo Credit: 2000 Thomas Biery

Woodcock Hollow
A hairpin turn and an increase in grade are sure signs that we've arrived at Woodcock Hollow, rarely seen until the WMSR opened in 1988.
Photo Credit: 2004 Bill Larduskey

Frostburg Depot
The C&P Railroad Depot was built in 1891 and is the only survivor among 12 built along the line, which primarily carried coal from Georges Creek to points east.

The Turntable at the Frostburg Depot
One of the most entertaining parts of the trip, watch the crew turn the engine on the turntable from any of the numerous decks leading up to Frostburg's Main Street.
Photo Credit: 2002 Bill Brunner