Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will begin operating the 2017 Allegheny Mountain Express with C&O #1309 steam engine beginning July 1st.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is returning C&O #1309 to weekend excursions beginning with two excursions on Saturday July 1st. Single excursion days behind the recently restored former articulated 2-6-6-2 will operate on Sundays, beginning July 2.
Allegheny Mountain Limited Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal consisting of soup or salad, choice of entrée, and a signature dessert of Chef’s choice while riding in vintage dining cars. Lounge Car guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres while seated in plush leather lounge seating (cash bar available). Standard Coach general seating is available. A Snack Bar is also available to all passengers.
The Allegheny Mountain Express trains depart from Cumberland and run to Frostburg. Boarding begins one half hour before trains departures.
These 2-3/4 hour excursions include a 45 minute layover in Frostburg before returning to Cumberland.
Chesapeake & Ohio Class H-6 Mallet type 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 was moved from its long-time location at the back of the B&O Railroad Museum roundhouse to inside the Museum’s shop building for evaluation and prep work before it was moved to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland, Md., in the summer of 2014.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust to aid in the rehabilitation of its Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.
It was the last steam locomotive built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for domestic use and became an iconic piece of C&O steam era infrastructure.