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Monday, October 27, 2014

Everybody Loves a Train Ride!

And we are no exception.  I read recently about the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and decided to check into taking a train ride to see the fall foliage in Western Maryland.  It's a popular thing to do! But what an enjoyable experience.

The depot is in Cumberland, MD 2 hours from our home so we got up early Sunday morning to get to the station.  From Cumberland the train travels an hour west to Frostburg and then returns.  It was a perfect fall day for the trip.

Sit back and enjoy the scenery.



Here it comes into the Cumberland Depot.


It's an early 20th century steam locomotive.


12 cars in all, including some dining cars.


All the passenger cars are refurbished and in great shape.


Leaving Cumberland.




Wells Creek channeled by the Corps of Engineers to reduce flooding.









Smoke of the engine visible as we round a curve.


Engine in view up ahead.












Arriving in Frostburg.




From the stairs up to Main Street, looking back at the depot.




Frostburg is a tiny town with not much open on a Sunday afternoon.


The engine gets turned around but with such a long train this trip it will push what was the first car and a mid 20th century diesel locomotive will pull.  The diesel had to help push us uphill to Frostburg again because of the length of the train.



Return trip.  Shadows have changed.





This house on a far hill looked like the White House.








For the return trip we sat in the first passenger car, next to the diesel engine.  Here we looked out at the engine and then back at the train from the opening between the car and the engine.

Notice the pathway - rails to trails!  Someday we may bike back to Cumberland.








A nice day to ride the train.

8 comments:

Fun60 said...

What a great trip. I love the steam trains - so romantic!

carol l mckenna said...

I love the steams trains too ~ What an adventure for you and us through your magnificent photography! Thanks for the 'trip'.

Happy Week to you ~

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor

Holly Myers said...

You're correct - Everybody loves a train! Wow on these shots. I need to make a trip to Cumberland or Frostburg and catch a ride. Thanks for sharing!

Stewart M said...

Nice post. Even with modern carriages there is something special about a steam train.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Margaret Adamson said...

Oh I love steam trains and this trip sounds like great fun. The scenery and fall colours are great.

Betsy Adams said...

Oh how I love those kinds of train rides... We love to go on the train when we go to Cass, West VA... SO special!!!!

I have another blog friend who lives not too far from Cumberland, MD .. She and her hubby took that same train ride one day recently... They enjoyed it also...

Hugs,
Betsy

amanda | wildly simple said...

This looks like a fun day!
I've always thought about taking our kids on the North Shore Scenic Railroad tour, out of Duluth, MN.. for some reason we've never done that. I'm inspired to get on it!

Robyn said...

Love a train ride and a steam train is extra special, what a fabulous trip, thanks for the 'ride'

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