John Garner, general manager of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, will give an informative talk to guests and members during the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Cumberland Railroad Museum, located among the shops at Canal Place on the west end of Howard Street. Nearest parking area is beneath the Interstate Route 68 bridge north of the Footer’s Dye Works building
Garner will discuss the progress that has been made in acquiring funds to complete restoration work on the massive 1309 Mallet-designed 2-6-6-2 steam locomotive. When it is re-assembled and working, the locomotive will be America’s largest articulated compound steam engine active in regularly scheduled excursion service.
Garner will also talk about the various excursion train experiences that are scheduled throughout 2020. There are several exciting events planned for the scenic railroad during the next eight months ahead. Everyone who attends this meeting will hear what is coming down the track.
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. The 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. Anyone who is interested in railroads is invited to attend.