RESTORING 1309 2016-12-29T15:09:07+00:00

Restoring C&O 1309

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad continues to make steady progress in the return-to-service restoration of former C&O 2-6-6-2 No. 1039.

The Baldwin Locomotive Works built #1309 in September 1949 as its last commercially built steam locomotive for use by a railroad in the USA. It had previously been preserved and displayed at the B&O Museum of Baltimore since 1972.

If work continues as planned, 1309 will return to service during the Fall of 2016. At that time, we will celebrate what will be the largest and most powerful regularly operating steam locomotive in the country.

View the History/Fact Sheet on the C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309

See how you can help by participating in the “1309 Completion Campaign”

We will continue to post updates on our progress below:

Restoration Timeline


Boiler tubes were recently delivered from Germany and stay bolts have been ordered. The boiler flues are being prepared for installation. Wheels with new mounted tires have been delivered. Suspension pins and bushings are being manufactured after more suspension ware was discovered.

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