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Chapter Mtg – Wednesday, June 17, 2020

B&O steam and early diesel-powered trains from the mid-1950s and 160s will be seen in action during the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, on Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland Railroad Museum among the shops at Canal Place, 17 Howard St. The event is free and open to the public.

The hour-long video program, “B&O odyssey,” was filmed between 1954 and 1964 by renowned railroad cinematographer Emery Gulash. Included are scenes of massive steam engines and streamlined diesel locomotives moving trains on tracks of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. A 27-minute video, “Altoona at Work,” focuses on how thousands of workers built and repaired steam engines, electric locomotives and railcars for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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 nearby parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Members usually meet on the third Wednes­day of each month, and receive a monthly newsletter with information about chapter activities, railroad news and local railroad history.

Chapter Mtg April 15, 2020 – CANCELLED

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.

Chapter Mtg Mar 18, 2020 – CANCELLED

The previously announced chapter meeting has been cancelled.

B&O steam and early diesel-powered trains from the mid-1950s and 60s will be seen in action during the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland Railroad Museum among the shops at Canal Place, 17 Howard St. The event is free and open to the public.

The hour-long video program, “B&O odyssey,” was filmed between 1954 and 1964 by renowned railroad cinematographer Emery Gulash. Included are scenes of massive steam engines and streamlined diesel locomotives moving trains on tracks of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. A 27-minute video, “Altoona at Work,” focuses on how thousands of workers built and repaired steam engines, electric locomotives and railcars for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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 nearby parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Members usually meet on the third Wednesday of each month, and receive a monthly newsletter with information about chapter activities, railroad news and local railroad history.

Chapter Mtg Feb 19, 2020

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.