ALLEGANY Journal AUGUST 2021: Ridin’ the Rails Again this Year | Allegany Magazine

Ridin’ the Rails Again this Year   And it is all coming in phases, mentor

Ridin’ the Rails Again this Year


And it is all coming in phases, mentor


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Photography courtesy Monthly bill Merlavage/Merlavage Photos


In March of 2020, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad shuttered operations as the environment was shaken by the much-reaching world impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. But going into 2021, it’s all systems go and entire steam in advance for just one of Western Maryland’s most popular tourist places.

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has been progressing by way of the 2021 time with reopenings transpiring in seasonal modifications. This makes it possible for the railroad to seek the services of far more employees and simplicity back again into the plan of working just one of the region’s premier tourist attractions.

Phase 1 was held about Memorial Working day weekend with Diesel-hauled excursions. For the to start with time in two decades, passengers were in a position to once again working experience a three hour tour aboard the train with a 90-minute layover in Frostburg, for a whole time of 4 and a half hours. The classes of provider offered are the Standard Coach, the new Deluxe Open-Air, Deluxe Coach, and the Overland Path Club Motor vehicle. Deluxe Coach and Deluxe Open up-Air Passengers acquire a complimentary snack and bottle of h2o. Club Automobile Travellers receive light Hors d’oeuvres, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, and a person complimentary beer or glass of wine. A commissary car or truck was also available for travellers to purchase Souvenirs and Get-N-Go snack objects.

Phase 2 was the railroad’s “Grand Re-Opening” with Steam Locomotive no. 1309 and some new top quality lessons of assistance released in 2021. 

Phase 3 is anticipated to take place in the slide when the WMSR expects to resume procedure of its popular Evening meal and Particular Celebration trains. And whilst it has not but been finalized, the railroad is anticipating the return of the popular Polar Specific educate all over again this Xmas season.

For the 2021 time, the WMSR has leased a double-decker 1955 Budd Dome Motor vehicle. The stainless steel, air-conditioned automobile was crafted for the Wonderful Northern Railway and seats 28 riders downstairs and 62 upstairs.

“This is likely to be the very first time possessing an open up-air motor vehicle and persons are psyched about that,” Bob Flanigan, Frostburg mayor and WMSR board member, reported. “It’s a good addition and it is executing fairly very well, much too. Then later this calendar year we’re incorporating the dome car or truck.”

“We are likely to add expert services, and the dome auto is component of that,” Flanigan explained. “For some men and women coach support is all they need to have. But people system this for their trip and they are prepared to shell out for a superior amount of services and we want to accommodate them.”

“We are very thrilled to be back on the rails,” John Garner, scenic railroad CEO, mentioned.  “Ticket profits are shifting alongside.  There is a lot of interest there. We have had a great deal of calls for our supper practice and our murder thriller and particular systems.”

Garner explained the specific-themed trains will be brought back.

“Currently we have suspended dinner company mainly because of COVID. But we are creating our way back. We want to bring that again by September, October,” he reported. “We are quite fired up and quite grateful. We are searching to carry a whole lot of folks into Allegany County.”

The entire agenda, more specifics about each class of service, and other pertinent details is posted on the company’s site. On working days, travellers are requested to get there at least 30 minutes prior to the departure of the practice with their overall social gathering. Passengers will be assigned to a certain train motor vehicle and course of provider but unique seating will be first-occur-first-serve, not pre-assigned. As it is not attainable to convert the coach at Frostburg in advance of the return journey, travellers will be required to swap seats to let all people an equivalent probability to experience the experience from equally sides of the prepare.

This time, the return to “normal” functions may well continue to really feel a bit unusual as the WMSR will continue to be functioning beneath what ever COVID-19 protocol actions from the State of Maryland are in spot at the time.

“We are totally thrilled to welcome passengers once more to practical experience a journey on our railroad. We are also very excited about the long-awaited debut of Steam Locomotive no. 1309 and the new experiences we have on give for the quite to start with time on our railroad,” suggests a general public assertion problems by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad again when the initially section of the opening was underway in May well. “The 2021 season claims to be an exciting a person for us, the metropolitan areas of Cumberland and Frostburg, and Allegany County as a total. We hope you will occur and join us this 12 months. Stay tuned for far more thrilling developments to arrive.”





Honored by TravelChannel as a “Terrific Prepare Trip for Household Journey,” a ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is a lover favorite for all ages, and a prime exercise for kids in Allegany County. In addition to their comprehensive season of scenic excursions, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad provides themed rides for youngsters which includes the Santa Coach throughout the Christmas getaway time, the Bunny Hop Teach during the Spring, and a lot of more!

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Cumberland Moments-News Reporter Greg Larry contributed to this piece