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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Based on 168 traveler reviews
Dec 30, 2013 by: Sandpatch1411 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DO NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE A POOR RATING, THEY ARE WRONG! The trip was amazing! The Scenery was beautiful, the steam locomotive entertaining and overall a great trip!
Nice little trip
Dec 16, 2013 by: JustNisa from Nottingham, MD, USA
We had never been to this area of Maryland and picked this as a nice day trip with an aunt living nearby. Opted for served lunch. The food was okay and the ride was enjoyable. The stop midway as the train turns could use some taxi service to go into town. There is a steep hill or steep staircase to get to the main road. Those who ventured told us the walk was nice but not much time to explore the shopping area as they had to walk back.
Nov 25, 2013 by: sashalina from
Took the train ride from Cumberland to Frostburg. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the beautiful scenery. Took my 4-year-old great nephew, and he had a ball. The conductor let him wear his hat, and all the rest of the staff were equally personable. I would highly recommend this excursion. Well worth the money.
Lovely Trip Through Historic Western Maryland
Nov 25, 2013 by: JSinDC from Washington, DC
We don't get out to western Maryland much, so this was a great way to do a little exploring on that side of the state. The station is conveniently located off I-68 in downtown Cumberland. There are several other scenic railroads operating in the area (WV, PA, etc.), but this was on of the few that we found ran until very late in the year. There are several types of rides they offer: the standard early morning/late afternoon tour on Fridays and weekends; an evening murder mystery ride; and, later in the year, a Polar Express. There are also a caboose you can rent for parties. And, you can also special request to ride with the conductors (which is cool because you can sit behind them as they turn the engine on the giant turntable). This is a great experience if you have never been on a steam train, or never just took a train in general for any long distance. We took the 3 1/2 hour morning/afternoon tour in late November. The weather was pleasant enough and with the exception of being out in the open cars, we had no problem with the cold weather during the ride. Guides point out sites along the way, and give you some history about the towns you pass through. There is an hour and a half layover in historic Frostburg, First Class tickets will get you a full course meal served in the dining car, but riding in coach is just as pleasant. There's a snack bar on board if you get hungry or just want coffee or something, and of course, Frostburg has a load of great places to stop in for a bite. While this may be a great adventure for kids, there was a good number of older couples and families on board during the trip (for anyone worried about lots of screaming and crying children on board the train). We had a great time.
First Class Ride
Nov 24, 2013 by: F13fan from Long Branch, New Jersey
Train pulled into Cumberland station about 20 minutes prior to boarding time, so there was time to take some pictures of the steam engine. The wait staff in the dining car did a good job of serving lunch. Watched the WMSR crew turn the engine on the turntable in Frostburg from the stairs, and still had enough time to walk around town.Great scenery.
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