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Western Maryland Railway Historical Society History

A History of Pride and Performance

In the 125 years of its operation as an independent railroad, the Western Maryland built a reputation as a truly "Fast Freight Line." From the laborers on the docks of Port Covington to the top brass, Western Maryland people were noted for their skill in the transportation field, and the pride that showed in every aspect of their work. Today, the WM is a fond memory, its remnants serving as an important link in the CSX Transportation chain. Its memory survives, however, in the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society, Inc.

The Society

The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society was founded in 1967 for the purpose of preserving a portion of Maryland's rich history. We do this by providing programs for community organizations, publishing educational materials drawn from our collection, and supporting activities related to railroading. With the cooperation of the Western Maryland, the Society established a museum in Union Bridge in the building that once served as the company's main offices. Built in 1902, the two story building continues as our museum, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The WMRHS is not affiliated with CSX, its predecessors, or the Maryland Midland Railway in any way.

The Museum

The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society is one of the few organizations of its kind to own and operate its own museum. This affords members and the public alike the unique opportunity to enjoy and study our collection to its best advantage. It also serves as a focal point for Society activities and events.

The museum houses our extensive collection of WM artifacts and memorabilia, a voluminous photo archive, archival material directly from the Western Maryland, and an extensive railroader's library featuring historical and technical publications about the WM and the other roads of the region. Major exhibits include the Caller's Boards from Hagerstown and Ridgely, and the CTC panel for the Lurgan Subdivision. Our N-Scale model railroad is located in our museum, and our traveling modular railroad display can be found on tour in the area. Interesting Video and Slide/Tape presentations are also shown.

The museum is open to the public Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Tour groups are also welcome, with at least 30 days advance notice. To arrange a time, call (410) 775-0150 and leave a message, or write the Society at the address given.

Donations

Donations of railroad-oriented items are always welcomed, and may be tax deductible. Items may also be loaned to the Society by arrangement with the Board of Directors. Write to the Society for more information.

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