Chapter Business Meeting – Jan 19, 2022

WM CHAPTER BUSINESS MEETING ON JAN. 19 will be held at 7 PM in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street among the shops at Canal Place in Cumberland MD. Nearest parking is available in the area beneath the Inter-state Route 68 bridge on the north side of Howard Street, opposite the historic Footer’s Dye Works building. Parking space is free on a first-come basis. Be careful when crossing Howard Street because motor vehicles do not always fully stop at the bot-tom of the ramp for westbound Exit 43B.
President Tom Biery will present his annual ad-dress on the current conditions of the Western Maryland Chapter NRHS and its goals for 2022.
Among the items of business to consider are approval of new members and the proposed budget for 2022. 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.

WM CHAPTER HOLIDAY PARTY ON DEC. 15

All Western Maryland Chapter members, family and friends are cordially invited to attend the holiday party on Wednesday, December 15, at 6 PM (please note the hour-earlier time), which will be held on the second level of City Lights American Grill & Bar at 59 Baltimore Street in Cumberland, Maryland. Parking is available in the public parking lot off Pershing Street; use the south entrance to the restaurant. Guests can order their individual meals from the regular menu. For more information about the cuisine selection, visit the City Lights website (citylightsamericangrill.com/dinner.html). 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 and enjoy the festivities. Best wishes are extended for a joyous holiday season and happiness that continues throughout the coming year!

Chapter Business Mtg – Nov 17, 2021

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING ON NOV. 17 will be held at 7 PM in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street among the shops at Canal Place. Nearest parking is available in the lot along Howard Street beneath the Interstate Route 68 bridge, opposite the historic Footer’s Dye Works building. Parking is free on a first-come basis. Be careful when crossing Howard Street because motor vehicles do not always fully stop at the bottom of westbound Exit 43B ramp. Since the event is the last public business meeting of the year, chapter officers and committee chairmen will present final reports on their activities. The admission of any prospective members will be considered, and dues payments for 2022 will be received from current members. A review of the third year of operation for the Cumberland Railroad Museum will be given. Preliminary plans for next year will be discussed.

The major item of business will be the election of officers and directors who will serve next year. All WM Chapter members are urged to attend this important year-end meeting.

Chapter Meeting – Oct 20, 2021

OCT. 20 SOCIAL MEETING PROGRAM of the WM Chapter NRHS will be held at 7 PM in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street among the shops at Canal Place. Nearest parking is available in the lot along Howard Street beneath the Interstate Route 68 bridge, opposite the historic Footer’s Dye Works building. Parking is free on a first-come basis. Be careful when crossing Howard Street because motor vehicles do not always fully stop at the bottom of westbound Exit 43B ramp. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

Meeting Program Chairman Jeff Geiger will continue to show more spectacular views of Alaska as seen in the video program series “Great American Rail Journeys,” Alaska’s Gold Rush Train operating on the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route. The journey begins in Skagway, one of the best preserved Alaska frontier towns and home of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Six blocks of downtown Skagway are designated as a National Historic District. These buildings are being preserved by the National Park Service to honor the struggle of the stampeders of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1899, an important event in both Alaskan and American history.


The first part of the WP&YR train trip runs parallel to the Skagway River. Six miles along the journey is Denver stop, where passenger may rent a caboose during their hike to the nearby glacier. While the WP&YR train travels uphill, it ascends grades as steep as 3.9 degrees. After fourteen miles, the train stops at Glacier Station, where a helicopter tour is flown above the Laughlin Glacier. The WP&YR train travels over the high bridge above Glacier Gorge and into the 600-foot-long tunnel. After making its twenty-mile journey, the train arrives at White Pass Summit. The WP&YR is distinguished by its scenic beauty and engineering achievement.


Don’t miss this train trip!

Chapter Meeting – September 15, 2021

SEP. 15 SOCIAL MEETING of the WM Chapter NRHS will be held at 7 PM in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street among the shops at Canal Place. Nearest parking is available in the lot along Howard Street beneath the Interstate Route 68 bridge, opposite the historic Footer’s Dye Works building. Parking is free on a first-come basis. Be careful when crossing Howard Street because motor vehicles do not always fully stop at the bottom of westbound Exit 43B ramp. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

Meeting Program Chairman Jeff Geiger will transport viewers to the great state of Alaska through the magic of watching high definition videos on the 55-inch, 4K Ultra HD video screen mounted on the west wall of the railroad museum. The video program begins with The White Pass Journey (2011), which features breath-taking views along the
White Pass & Yukon Route narrow gauge line that has been called “The Scenic Railway of the World.” The 110-mile long railroad goes from Skagway, Alaska, to Fraser, British Columbia, and ends at Carcross, Yukon. Construction on the rail line began in April 1898, just nine months after the Klondike Gold Rush that started in July 1897 with discovery
of two tons of gold. It took 26 months to build, following the Skagway River to White Pass Summit twenty miles to the northeast, then continuing on to Lake Bennett and down the Yukon River. The story continues with more details in the 56-minute video program, Alaska’s Gold Rush Train, as passengers travel aboard restored WP&YR parlor cars and discover abandoned gold rush sites, relive by fascinating lore narrated by local storytellers as viewers see spectacular gorges, glacier-fed waterfalls, and mountainsides graced with wildflowers. The WP&YR is one of the steepest railroads in the world and a truly incredible engineering feat, which has been declared as an international Historic Civil Landmark. It must be seen to be believed.