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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Based on 195 traveler reviews
Awesome train ride
Jul 28, 2014 by: Natalie M from Cooksville, Maryland
We loved it. We booked two seats in the Parlor car; AC, big comfortable leather seats facing the window and a cash bar that serves beer, soda and wine from a local winery. You can buy snacks in the snack car. It was very relaxing and the country side was beautiful. The train travels from Cumberland to Frostburg and takes about an hour. You get off of the train in Frostburg and have 90 minutes to walk around and get something to eat. Two important things: one is that in order to get up to the town you walk up 88 stairs or up a very steep hill. There is a trolley so make sure you find it if you need it. The second, is there is not much to do in Frostburg. We were there on a Saturday afternoon and there was not much open, so do not elect to eat lunch on the train (which you can book when you buy your tickets) plan on eating in Frostburg. We ate at the Princess Cafe, so-so food but the best coconut cream pie! You can buy your tickets ahead of time on the Web and it will tell you about parking and arrival times. We arrived the 45 minutes ahead of time as instructed; we got our tickets and went and got a cup of coffee in the down town area; again no shops were open to visit. There was a farmers market by the train. Enjoy! I can see how this would be breath taking in the fall.
One of the best tourist railroads!
Jul 27, 2014 by: Andrea O from Binghamton, New York
It was a last minute decision to take this train trip because we stopped in Cumberland for the night on the way back from kentucky. They had a lot of people riding the train, so the lines were a little long but that seems to be typical for a great railroad like this. The seats were comfortable, the AC was working great, the car attendants were very friendly, and I enjoyed the narration of what we were seeing along the way. Once we were in frostburg, it was sooo amazing to watch the train be turned on a turntable! During the layover a trolley was taking visitors up the hill so they didnt have to walk up. That was a nice touch! The ride back was just as nice as the ride up, except that one of the generators overheated so we lost ac....but they dealt with it well and let us to go another car that had AC. Spend the extra money for premium class, its worth it!
not worth the money
Jul 25, 2014 by: lynnecharl0tte from charlotte, nc
the train takes you from cumberland to frostburg, but the cars are closed, and some are very old and smelly, other than the rocking of the car, you would not know you were on a train. In addition, there are only a few places where you can see anything, trees encompass the rails. We were here on Friday July 25th and they had 400 people for the ride. Pretty unorganized. Lots of waiting in long lines. To get on, to get off in Frostburg, to get back on, and to get back off in Cumberland. If you must go, find out how busy they are going to be and opt for the first class - it would be worth avoiding the cattle cars.
Not what we expected.
Jul 22, 2014 by: judyaka03 from Elkton, Maryland
My husband and I went on the July 19th, Civil War ride from Cumberland MD to Frostburg MD. There wasn’t any narrations on the ride out to Frostburg, but there were a couple “actors” dressed in period clothing (not much interaction with passengers though). When we arrived at Frostburg we went into the train station and saw a slide show & narration by a published writer. The train was vintage (but it wasn’t powered by the steam engine, as I assumed it would be from the pictures). The train cars were air conditioned, some passengers were complaining that they were cold, but I was not. I think the train consisted of four cars plus the engine. One car looked to be the service/kitchen car. I know two of the cars were the dining cars, I didn’t see the third car. I think my review ended up with more of a negative connotation because of a seating discrepancy which pretty much ruined my trip and in the end I saw more bad than good. It would have been nice if they at least tried to compensate us in some small way for their mistake. We were looking for an overnight weekend trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary so I called about a month before to get the specifics. I was told there was about 70 seats left and the cost was $85 per person for a window table in the first class (dining car) and this included a meal. Cash bar was available.. When I called three weeks before the trip date, the $170 cost was for a first class two-top table on the scenic side. I specifically said the trip was for our anniversary and we were staying overnight in the area as an anniversary get-away. The civil war theme was for my husband (the civil war buff) and the scenery and relaxation was for me. On the 19th, after boarding we found our table with our name printed on a tent placard, placed on the table. I was surprised to see that we were assigned to a four-top table with another person. The location of the table was perfect with a spacious window on the scenic side of the train, but the seating arrangements were not. Because this was a special occasion (and this last minute change to our seating was not acceptable), I asked the server about moving us to a more private table (as I reserved). We were offered another table in a different car. The “only other table available” was on the non-scenic side of the train with a very small window about 1 ½ feet by 1 ½ feet. There was an additional window of the same size, however it was permanently fogged and did not offer a view of the cut-out mountainside. Because I wasn’t comfortable sitting next to the other passenger and very un-happy about having to share our conversations with a stranger, we agreed to take the other table. My plan to relax, watch the scenery go by and enjoy a glass of wine was ruined though. The food was “ok”. We had a choice of chicken (I didn’t know it was fried chicken until I received the email confirmation), roast beef or fish with seasonable (canned?) vegetables. They offered Lemonade and Iced Tea, but our cups ran dry more than once. The dessert was a home-made apple cobbler (made that morning by one of the servers) and was delicious. Coffee was ok. There was a typically-priced cash bar. The servers were very nice and were capable. I will give the servers credit for serving food on the moving train, because carrying drinks back to our table was problematic. Table service for drinks by the experienced staff would have been much more preferred. There was a girl circulating and taking pictures for $12.00 each, but when I saw the picture of us in the cardboard frame, seated at the worst table on the train (one that someone had to pay the same price as everyone else), I did not want that reminder of the train ride and quickly decided they could keep it. Once we got into Frostburg, I would have liked to know about the “turntable” for moving the engine around because I would have enjoyed seeing that, but I had no idea because my back was to the train while we were in the (warm and muggy) Frostburg train station watching the presentation and no mention was made of it. The bathrooms were much better in the train station than on the train itself, so if you can wait, I would choose waiting. On the train, when you actually flushed the toilet (foot pedal) there was a very, very strong septic smell. When I first entered the bathroom stall (think smaller than an airline bathroom), I thought someone had just finished using the toilet before me. I called to let them know how disappointing the trip was and other than thanking me for my input to be used for future trips and future customers and apologizing that we had a bad experience, there was no consolation for the mistake they made. I would not plan another trip on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad was well worth it....
Jul 17, 2014 by: TravelerDan1 from Cleveland, Ohio
Well worth the money and the trip, but be sure you book it when they are being pulled by the steam locomotive as opposed to the diesel. We booked the dining car with a meal... staff was more than helpful and courteous... food was ok, but worth the experience and the extra money as opposed to sitting in the coach cars....
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