Chapter Mtg July 17, 2019



Episodes from a video program on American railroad history will be shown during the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, Nation­al Railway Historical Society. This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, in the new Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street, Suite C5, among the shops at Canal Place. Nearest free parking is available on Howard St. beneath the 1-68 bridge located on the north side of the Footer Dye Works building. Walk west along Howard St. extended to the end of the row of shops on the left side. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

The video program, titled “America’s Railroads: The Steam Train Legacy,” re­creates the history, the romance, and the day-to-day operations of America’s greatest railroads. Some of the episodes include a brief history of the American railroads, the building of the nation’s first transcontinental line, the peak of steam engine operations during World War Two, and the eventual triumph of diesel power over steam during the mid-Twentieth Century. Viewers will take a look back to the people and machines that built the great American railroad system.

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a non-profit organization chartered in 1977 to promote the appreciation of rail transportation and its heritage. This chapter is especially interested in 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 together on the third Wednesday of each month, and receive a monthly newsletter. Anyone who is interested in local railroad history is invited to attend.



Chapter Mtg June 19, 2019

Episodes from a video program on American railroad history will be shown during the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, Nation­al Railway Historical Society. This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, in the new Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street, Suite C5, among the shops at Canal Place. Nearest free parking is available on Howard St. beneath the 1-68 bridge located on the north side of the Footer Dye Works build­ing. Walk west along Howard St. extended to the end of the row of shops on the left side. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

The video program, titled “America’s Railroads: The Steam Train Legacy,” re­creates the history, the romance, and the day-to-day operations of America’s greatest railroads. Some of the episodes include a brief history of the American railroads, the building of the nation’s first transcontinental line, the peak of steam engine operations during World War Two, and the eventual triumph of diesel power over steam during the mid-Twentieth Century. Viewers will take a look back to the people and machines that built the great American railroad system.

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a non-profit organization chartered in 1977 to promote the appreciation of rail transportation and its heritage. This chapter is especially interested in 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 together on the third Wednesday of each month, and receive a monthly newsletter. Anyone who is interested in local railroad history is invited to attend.

Chapter Mtg Apr 17, 2019

APRIL 17 SOCIAL MEETING PROGRAM will feature John Garner, WMSR superintendent, who will give an informative talk to guests and members of the WM Chapter NRHS attending the next monthly meeting, which will be held at 7 PM on the second floor of the Allegany Museum on the corner of Pershing and South Mechanic streets in Cumberland MD. Members and other visitors are requested to park their vehicles in the parking area on the south side of the museum building and use the south entrance flanked by the concrete ramp-way. Take the elevator to the second floor, then turn right and go down the hallway.

For more than three years, John Gamer has served as the chief of the WMSR, which next month marks thirty years since it began operating steam-powered excursion trains over the 15.6 miles of historical rails between Cumberland and Frostburg. He will discuss the progress that has been made in re-assembling the massive 1309 Mallet-designed 2-6-6-2 steam locomotive to operating condition. Some rail fans are asking when they can see it make trial runs between Cumberland and Frostburg. The Mountain City has not seen steam plumes nor heard a steam whistle in three years. When all the restoration is completed and 1309 is once again running on mountain rails, it will be America’s largest articulated steam locomotive active in regularly scheduled excursion service east of the Mississippi River. Garner will also talk about the various excursion train trips that are scheduled throughout 2019. There are several exciting events planned for the scenic railroad during the next eight months ahead, and those who attend this meeting will hear what is coming down the track. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

Chapter Mtg March 20, 2019

John Shuman to talk about his photography

CUMBERLAND, Md. – Photographer John Shuman will give an illustrated talk about his images that have a railroad-related theme. His talk will be the focus of the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in the grand hall on the second floor of the Allegany Museum on the corner of Persh­ing and South Mechanic streets. Enter the building through the south entrance, which is handicap accessible from the nearby parking lot. This meeting is open to the public at no cost.

Shuman is best known for his photography that complemented the writing by his wife Amy, which has been published in the Cumberland Times-News and the monthly Allegany Magazine. His work has been displayed at various galleries in the area. Shuman considers himself to be a “street photographer” who goes out and about regularly, looking for interesting visual scenes. He captures images in and around Cumberland, which he shares through his website (www.johnshumanimages.com). On Wednesday evening, his railroad-themed photographs will be shown and commented upon.

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a non-profit organization chartered in 1977 to promote the appreciation of rail transportation and its heritage. Members 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 interested in railroads is invited to attend the meetings.

Chapter Mtg Feb 20, 2019 Cancelled Due to Weather

John Shuman to talk about his photography

CUMBERLAND, Md. – Photographer John Shuman will give an illustrated talk about his images that have a railroad-related theme. His talk will be the focus of the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, in the grand hail on the second floor of the Allegany Museum on the corner of Persh­ing and South Mechanic streets. Enter the building through the south entrance, which is handicap accessible from the nearby parking lot. This meeting is open to the public at no cost.

Shuman is best known for his photography that complemented the writing by his wife Amy, which has been published in the Cumberland Times-News and the monthly Allegany Magazine. His work has been displayed at various galleries in the area. Shuman considers himself to be a “street photographer” who goes out and about regularly, looking for interesting visual scenes. He captures images in and around Cumberland, which he shares through his website (www.johnshumanimages.com). On Wednesday evening, his railroad-themed photographs will be shown and commented upon.

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a non-profit organization chartered in 1977 to promote the appreciation of rail transportation and its heritage. Members 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 interested in railroads is invited to attend the meetings.