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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Based on 171 traveler reviews
A train lovers treat
Apr 16, 2014 by: Chris S from Toronto
During a cycling vacation in Maryland I made time to take this journey to Frostburg and was I ever glad I did! I took the steam option, I definitely recommend it over the diesel option. I found it a magical trip back in time to sit in one of the carriages and hear the mighty engines carry you up the 3 percent grade to Frostburg. The old hotel is definitely worth a visit, they have a jail museum in the basement w3hich is worth a look. I visited the University Store in Frostburg and bought a cycling jersey as a momento of the trip. The staff on the railway were all passionate about the railway and a joy to talk to. Definitely worth the price of admission.
Popular with tourists and locals
Apr 15, 2014 by: Nice0ldguy from Cumberland, Maryland
The train is powered in front by a classic smoke and cinder belching steam locomotive; usually with a diesel locomotive assisting discretely from the rear of the train. The tracks are are on a scenic mountain section between Cumberland and Frostburg. The Great Allegany Passage bike trail begins alongside the tracks at the Cumberland depot and continues on beyond Frostburg all the way to Pittsburgh, so the train often carries lazy bikers up that steep incline so they can enjoy that strenuous, section of the trail without strain. The scenery is particularly glorius in autumn. A narrator does a good job of pointing out highlights such as the "bone cave" from which bones of prehistoric animals were recovered. They also do a good job with special events such a murder mystery trains, Santa Claus, etc. I am a local and have taken several fun trips over several years, so my review is a general one, not based just the latest one.
A Trip to the Land of the Living
Apr 15, 2014 by: Shehar39 from Cumberland, Maryland
The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is well named. Scenic being the operative word. Forget about visiting Vermont for fall foliage, Western Maryland has the beauty and the drama right here close to home. The Train gives a wonderful perspective which one will not witness on other venues.
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.
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