Posts Tagged ‘Western Maryland Railway’

WMSR Paints GE Unit in ‘Fireball Livery’

September 16, 2022

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has painted a GE locomotive into the black-and-yellow fireball livery of its namesake railroad.

Trains magazine reported that the treatment was given NIWX No. 558, a 33-year-old B32-8 four-axle Dash 8 unit.

The reporting marks are for the Northern Illinois & Wisconsin Railway Corporation. It arrived at the WMSR earlier this year in a Norfolk Southern livery.

The unit is being leased to WMSR by NIWX, a locomotive leasing, finance, and equipment management firm.

The original Western Maryland Railway had only two GE locomotives on its roster, a pair of 44-ton switchers built in the 1940s.

WMSR repainted the 558 in its shop in Ridgeley, West Virginia.

The tourist railroad plans to use the 558 on excursion trains to Frostburg, Maryland, and other events in the upcoming weeks.

Western Maryland Two for Tuesday

March 30, 2021

Here are two Western Maryland geeps although neither is an original WM Geep but was transferred to tthe WM by the Chessie System.

In the top image No. 5972 and caboose C-2851 are in front of the freight house in Massillon on July 1, 1981. The bottom image shows No. 5971 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1977.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

The Other “Wild Mary’ Livery

October 6, 2020

Aside from its red and white look, some Western Maryland locomotives that continues to operate in the Chessie System era sported a black and gold livery.

Chessie System F7A No. 7156 was one of those units and is shown in Akron on Oct. 4, 1976.

Alas, it in the middle of the motive power consist and not leading it.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

‘Wild Mary’ Was Still Living in Brewster

July 23, 2020

The Western Maryland was part of the Chessie System, but for a time some of its locomotives continued to sport the colorful “wild Mary” red and white livery.

Chessie System 3797 still wears WM paint as it sits on an eastbound Norfolk & Western train at the east end of Brewster Yard on May 5, 1974.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some ‘Wild Mary’ in Brewster

February 12, 2020

Sometimes you find a badly damaged negative that tells a story. Thankfully with hard work a decent image appears.

It is Dec. 23, 1972, in Brewster, Ohio. I am at Baymere Road SW looking west towards the Norfolk & Westerm yard. A five-unit motive power consist led by Western Maryland Geeps and F-units will leave soon.

Back then this was not an unusual sight. This is the past even some locals have never seen.

Today this crossing is owned by the Wheeling & Lake Erie, has one set of tracks, and has no trains pulled by five Western Maryland locomotives.

The W&LE is a great railroad with a multitude of locomotives in different paint schemes, but once in a while I photographically have to visit the past to start my memories about “back then” flowing.

By this date the WM was part of Chessie System, so these were Chessie locomotives still in their WM paint.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

WM Boxcar Moves From Ohio to Museum

April 6, 2018

A former Western Maryland boxcar that sat for years at an Ohio grain elevator has been trucked to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

The WMSR plans to restore the car and use it to haul bicycles on its tourist trains.

The car carried roster number 26634 and still has faded but visible “Western Maryland” speed lettering.

Ginn Grain in Sidney, Ohio, had used it for storage since the late 1980s, but the car developed a leak that rendered it unsuitable for its intended purpose.

Aside from hauling bikes, the boxcar will also be used for vintage looking photo freights by the WMSR.

The car the WMSR has been using to haul as many as 75 bicyclists a day, who use a trail adjacent to the tracks between June and October, has developed structural issues.

When Brester Looked Like ‘Little Hagerstown’

May 4, 2015




I used to joke about Brewster being “Little Hagerstown.” One time Mike Ondecker and I counted 10 Western Maryland locomotives in Brewster at the same time.

WM 3578, 63, 3579, 402, and 53 head an eastbound train waiting to leave on a cold December 23, 1972.

I’m at Baymere Avenue SW looking west. In images two and three, N&W 2148 is switching the yard. In image three, that little sliver of wood to the far right was a detrucked ex-NKP caboose. As you can see, much has changed since then.

Disclaimer: Sometimes processing goes wrong, very wrong. Yes, I could take 30 plus minutes or more to make these better, but I don’t have the time. Still I thought the subject matter might be interesting.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Nehrenz WM Article appears in Railfan & Railroad

January 17, 2014

Many Akron Railroad Club members probably know or have met Dennis Nehrenz, a Cleveland area railfan who has been photographing railroads operations for several years.

He has authored an article that appears in the January 2014 Western Maryland Railway as it was fading away. The Chessie System organized a tribute to the WM for local fans in 1978 and Nehrenz writes about that as well as displays some of the photographs that he made.