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Trains Magazine Fall Photo Freight 2017-04-14T13:19:23+00:00

Big Steam Freight Is Back On The Western Maryland Railroad

Announcing the Trains Magazine-Western Maryland Railroad Fall Photo Freight.

Two Dates to Choose From

Septmeber 26 – 28, 2017 November 7 – 9, 2017
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Join Trains Magazine and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for three exciting days in September or November out on the Main Line with WM 2-6-6-2 No.1309 with a photo freight, a well-equipped chase train, and a dozen classic (and new) photo locations.

This will be the first photo freights with the newly-rebuilt former C&O 1309 to cover the entire “New” Western Maryland Railroad, all the way from Maryland Junction on the East to the Turntable at Frostburg on the West.

The landslides are fixed,  brush is cut and we anticipate an extraordinary time out on a classic Appalachian main line railroad.

Additional Opportunities

There will be Locomotive 1309 Cab Ride and Caboose 1813 Ride opportunities throughout the three days. Those programs are being finalized, but Western Maryland Railroad expects to have up to three seats available in the 1309’s cab, and ten spots available aboard caboose 1813, for tw0-to-four hour intervals.

WMRR will post updates as new information becomes available.

Buying Tickets and Details

Tickets for the Trains Magazine/Western Maryland Railroad Photo Freights are $495 each for the three-day railroad experience. They may be purchased online through the Western Maryland Railroad website at (a handling fee will be added).

Phone orders also may be made by calling 800-TRAIN50 (800-872-4650) and speaking directly with a Western Maryland Railroad reservation specialist.

Participants are responsible for their own lodging arrangements, the first day’s breakfast and lunch, and the final day’s dinner.

The Proposed Schedule is:

Day 1

  • The shops at Ridgeley are open to participants Mid-Day
  • The Photo Charter departs Cumberland Mid-Afternoon
  • Various runbys along the route. Last light runbys at Sunnyside/Lap/Mountain View
  • Dinner on train enroute from Mountain View (Lap, Sunnyside) to Frostburg.
  • Night session at depot/turntable. Sunset approximately 8 PM, dark by 8:30 PM.
  • Return to Cumberland by 9:30 PM.

Day 2

  • Depart Cumberland 8:00 AM
  • Eastbound and westbound runbys throughout the day, exploring traditional and new photo opportunities
  • Return to Cumberland for Banquet at depot by 8:00 PM
  • Night session at depot and Ridgeley Shop, concluding by 10:00 PM

Day 3

  • Depart Cumberland 8:00 AM, Engine facing east
  • Eastbound runbys in morning
  • Turn in Frostburg
  • Westbound runbys in afternoon
  • Return to Cumberland between 5:00 and 6:00 PM, with subsequent photo opportunities at Ridgeley Shop

Formal activities conclude when the locomotive and train are put to bed at the end of the day.

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