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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Based on 166 traveler reviews
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.
Was ok, leaves were brown, scenery ok
Nov 13, 2013 by: baybaby from Annapolis
Train is neat, ride is fun, snacks ok if you don't eat in dining car. BUt, scenery was dull, brown, and views of backyards and trash. Best was tunnel, bone cave, maple syrup trees, bike path on C and O canal trail and rock formations. Walked up the street from the depot in Frostburg to City Coffee (like a Starbucks) had sandwich and cafe mocha, cute, warm and clean. Walked down the 83 steps to the train for the ride back.
An Enjoyable Train Ride
Nov 13, 2013 by: tgussie from Maryland
We took the WMSR train from Cumberland to Frostburg and rode our bikes back to Cumberland. The one-way trip on the train was enjoyable. The train got in to the station an hour before departure time and boarding started in plenty of time to get everyone on in time to leave. The scenery on the way to Frostburg was nice and the narration by the tour guide was interesting. Once at Frostburg, we collected our bikes and headed back down the hill. We had to pay the full ticket price even though we were only going one-way (I can kind of understand that) but the one complaint I have is that we had to pay an additional $5 for each bike. Really, after we paid $33 per person for a ticket, do you have to charge $5 to haul my bike in the open-air car that would be on the train anyhow?
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