Videos on 1950’s steam trains in action will be shown during the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street, among the shops at Canal Place. Parking is available in the lot along Howard Street beneath the Interstate Route 68 Bridge north of the Footer’s Dye Work building. Admission is free and the meeting is open to the public.
The hour-long video features steam-powered trains in the 1950s operating on the B&O, C&O and Western Maryland tracks. Just two decades later, these three railroads would merge together to form the Chessie System. The following thirty-minute video will focus mostly on the steam locomotives working on the Western Maryland Railway. Some local scenes will be seen as they existed seventy years ago.
The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered in 1977 to promote the appreciation of rail transportation and its heritage. This chapter is especially focused on the history of railroads and rail transit lines that have existed in Western Maryland and adjacent parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Members usually meet on the third Wednesday of each month and receive a monthly newsletter containing information about chapter activities, current railroad news and local railroad history.