Chapter Mtg – Feb 16, 2022

MEETING PROGRAM ON FEBRUARY 16 will feature railroad photographer Tom Biery presenting an interesting photographic slide show titled “Last Fifty Years of Railroading in the Cumberland Area.” This social meeting will begin at 7 PM on Wednesday evening, February 16, in the Cumber-land Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street among the shops at Canal Place near the historic Footer’s Dye Works building. Admission is free and open to the public.

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!