Thursday, December 21, 2017

Number 9 Switch

This is the Number Nine location.  

We placed a switch in the main line to gain a complete 1700' passing siding at this location where once stood Consolidated Number Nine's mine complex, as well as the original "interchange" of the Cumberland and Pennsylvania with the Western Maryland Railway.  

We will hope to offer additional opportunities in 2018 that will feature this new passing track.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Number 9's Tucker Switch Installation (Video & Photos)

As we are getting ready for 1309 in 2018, we wanted to share with you one of the many projects we must do.

This week, WMSR Track Department and a couple of volunteers installed the Railroad East End of the Number 9 Switch.

The purpose of this work is to be able to get more trains into and out of Frostburg. With a passing siding installed, we will be able to pass trains to and from Frostburg (allowing our passengers to be able to enjoy the Frostburg layover longer, to enjoy different types of train service and to operate more efficiently).

Thursday, September 28, 2017

501 Repainted (Photo)

The train shop team has been hard at work repainting the 501 in the "circus colors" scheme. The new livery was revealed yesterday morning, right before the feature with Maryland Department of Tourism. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

WMSR Steam Engine 1309 - September Update (Photos & Video)

Upon the announcement of the service delay for Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s Steam Engine 1309, the shop team at their Ridgeley Train Yard has been hard at work. 

Wes Hines, of Diversified Rail Services, shares of their progress as they head closer to the hydro test. “Exciting news! Today the last stay bolt was installed into the boiler.” Wes also mentions, “as you can see, we’ve done quite a bit of work here:  flexible stay bolts replaced, caps replaced, sleeves have been replaced…” 

In addition, the running gear is being worked on with wheels currently being serviced in Chattanooga, TN. Driving boxes are also being prepared for lube lines. 

These improvements will ultimately increase the engine’s longevity and service in compliance with C&O Standard guidelines. Wes’ goal is to “build reliability into [the] engine but…also follow the historic precedence set by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad.” 

With goals of a very transparent rebuild, Hines is optimistic as the shop heads into their final months of rebuilding. “We are gonna try to do updates as often as we give you a picture of what we’re doing here at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. And we appreciate your support, come out & ride.” 

Video (Interview Link):

^Firebox Work^ 

^Front of Smoke Box: interior lit up^

^Super-Heater Pipes^ 

^1309 Driver Boxes^