Posts Tagged ‘Cumberland Maryland’

Some Chessie Memories From Cumberland

November 18, 2020

Cumberland, Maryland, was a key terminal on the mainline of the Baltimore & Ohio, a role that continued into the Chessie System and CSX eras.

In the image above Chessie System GP38 No. 3810 (ex-B&O) is on the point of a freight in Cumberland on Sept. 20, 1980.

Similiar images to this reside in the collections of Paul Woodring, Mark Perri, Roger Durfee, and another unidentified railfan who were with the photographer on the day this photograph was created.

Note that the motive power consist also includes a Western Maryland unit and another unit in the B&O livery.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

WMSR Moves Out of Cumberland Depot

June 29, 2020

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has closed its offices in the Cumberland, Maryland, railroad station.

In a cost cutting move, WMSR has moved its offices to its shop complex in Ridgeley, West Virginia.

The tourist railroad expects to lose $650,000 this year and moving its offices will enable it to save money by avoiding rent and a per-passenger use fee collected by the State of Maryland.

The state owns the depot in Cumberland. WMSR excursion trains will continue to stop at the station.

Currently, trains are not operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Service is projected to resume on Oct. 1 with fall foliage trips.

Almost Everything

March 27, 2020

There’s quite a variety of Chessie System heritage motive power in this image made on Sept. 20, 1980, in Cumberland, Maryland.

There are units of the Baltimore & Ohio and Western Maryland along with a locomotive wearing Chessie colors and markings.

Paul Woodring was with me on the day that I made this image of this four-unit lash up.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Maryland Lawmaker Wants County to Provide Funding to Finish Restoration of C&O 1309

January 30, 2018

A Maryland legislator wants Allegany County to provide $530,000 to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to enable it to finish restoration of former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 to operating condition.

State Senator Wayne Norman said the county “needs to put some money into it  . . . I think the county needs to take a lien, then get it finished.”

He has proposed that the county pay the funding from a “rainy day fund” that has a $26 million balance.

The county owns the right of way used by the WMSR between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland.

Norman is reported to be a supporter of the tourist railroad and has made frequent visits there.

As he sees it, “once that thing is up and running, it will bring people here from Europe and Asia. There’s nothing else like it in America, so people will come and see it.”

The state budget being proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan would allocate $250,000 to the WMSR for operating expenses, the same as what the state provided last year. Allegany County annually provides $140,000 for operations.

The funding for operations is used for infrastructure and equipment maintenance.

However, news reports in Maryland said that legislators from western Maryland are not supportive of further government funding of the 1309 restoration, saying that other county agencies are waiting for their turn to receive government grants.

Report Says CSX to Level Cumberland Hump

January 24, 2018

A Cumberland, Maryland, radio station is reporting that it has learned from multiple sources that CSX plans to bulldoze the hump in its yard there.

CSX ended hump operations at the Cumberland yard last year when it converted it and several other hump yards to flat switching as part of the change to the precision scheduled railroading operating model.

WCBC said the razing would occur in a matter of weeks. It would be at least the second hump that CSX has leveled.

The hump at Tilford Yard in Atlanta was razed earlier on orders of new CEO James M. Foote. The Cumberland yard is a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad facility.

The late E. Hunter Harrison, who became CEO of CSX last spring, favored flat switching rather than hump operations.