Chapter Business Meeting Jan 15, 2020

The first business meeting of 2020 for the Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, January 15, at 7 PM in the board room on the second floor of the Allegany Museum, located on the corner of Pershing and South Mechanic streets in Cumberland, Maryland. Members and visitors are requested to park their vehicles in the parking lot 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, and then turn right.

President Tom Biery will present his annual address on the current conditions of the Western Maryland Chapter NRHS and its goals for 2020. Among the items of business to consider are the approval of new members and the proposed budget for 2020. Other items will include planning the programs for social meetings and finishing the work of completely securing the historic heavyweight passenger railcar that is now in the WMSR Yard at Ridgeley, West Virginia. One major action for the coming year is continuing to develop the new Cumberland Railroad Museum among the shops at Canal Place into a significant attraction. All chapter members should come and share their thoughts and recommendations about future activities for the Western Maryland Chapter NRHS.

Chapter Holiday Party Dec 18, 2019

All Western Maryland Chapter members, family and friends are cordially invited to attend the holiday party Wednesday, December 18, at 7 PM, which will be held in Oscar’s Restaurant at 1103 Oldtown Road in Cumberland, Maryland. Guests can order their individual meals from the regular menu. For more information about the cuisine selection and special meals, visit the website (www.oscarsrestaurantmd.net). A snack tray consisting of cheese, cold-cuts and crackers will be available to guests while they wait for their food order. This occasion will be a strictly informal event with good food and fine fellowship, celebrating the completion of yearly activities and the beginning of the winter season. No individual reservations are required, just come enjoy the festivities. Best wishes are extended for a joyous holiday season and for happiness that continues throughout the coming year!

Chapter Mtg Nov 20, 2019

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will hold its annual election of officers and directors during the business meeting on Wednesday, November 20, at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held on the second floor of Allegany Museum at the corner of Pershing and South Mechanic streets. Parking is available near the south entrance of the museum building, where it is handicap accessible.

Among the items of business to be transacted are year-end reports from various committees and the approval of applicants for membership. A review will be made of the first year of operation for the Cumberland Railroad Museum located at 17 Howard Street among the shops at Canal Place. Plans for next year will be discussed and monthly meeting dates will be selected. Seven officers and five directors will be elected to serve throughout 2020. The meeting is open to the public and membership applications will be available.

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered in 1977 to promote the appreciation of railroad transportation and its heritage. Members are especially interested in the history of railroads and rail transit lines that have existed in Western Maryland and nearby parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They 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 join. For more information, visit the website (wmnrhs.org).

Chapter Mtg Oct 16, 2019

Video program on local short-line railroads to be shown Wednesday

Scenes from a video program featuring nearby and local short-line railroads will be shown during the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. This meeting will be he held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 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 Dye Works building. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

The video program, titled “Great American Scenic Railroads,” contains footage of diesel-powered trains operating on the Winchester & Western Railroad in Virginia’s fabled Shenandoah Valley. Here early model diesel locomotives are seen working up grade on the wooded hills between coal mines. Later the scene shifts to western Allegany County in Maryland, where early Alco diesel locomotives wearing the legendary “Fireball” livery were operating on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. These classic locomotives are seen pulling vintage passenger cars up the mountain grade before stopping at the restored 1891 station in Frostburg.

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.

Chapter Mtg Sep 18, 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, September 18, 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 Dye Works building. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

The video program, titled “America’s Railroads: The Steam Train Legacy,” con­sists of short films made in the 1950s about different aspects of the railroad industry. Three episodes focus on the history of the Western Maryland Railway, on railroad safety procedures, and on “precision efficiency” during freight train operations. The program concludes with a section about train accidents, wrecks and derailments based on newsreel footage filmed between 1951 and 1967.

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered in 1977 to promote the appreciation o f 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. Anyone who is interested in railroads is invited to attend.

Chapter Business Meeting on Aug 21, 2019

WM Chapter Business Meeting on AUG. 21 will be held at 7 PM in the board room on the second floor of the Allegany Museum on the corner of Pershing and South Mechanic streets in Cumberland MD. Members attending this meeting are requested to park their vehicles in the parking lot on the south side of the museum building and enter by using the ramp way going up to the south entrance. Among the items of business to be discussed during this meeting will be regular reports from chapter officers and committee chairmen. Membership applications will be read and considered for approval. Plans will be discussed for the meeting programs that are scheduled for September 18 and October 16. Members may sign up for working on events scheduled for the River & Rails Festival in Cumberland on Aug. 24 and on the WM Chapter’s local railroad history display during the Mount Savage Iron Rail Days on Sept. 7 & 8. The nomination process for the annual election of WM Chapter officers and directors on November 20 will begin with the selection of the Nominations Committee. All WM Chapter members are urged to attend this meeting.

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.