I thought I'd share some photos I've taken on a series of trips up to Cumberland, Maryland to see the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. The WMSR runs along the old Western Maryland Railroad tracks between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland. The track in this location averages a 2% grade, causing the engine to work hard and put on a good show. I'll break it up into a couple of posts to keep it from getting too long. The Western Maryland Station, built in 1913, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 Since we're here very early, we'll drive over to the WMSR shops in Ridgeley, WV to check out the steam engine going through its preparations for the day's excursion to Frostburg When the engine is ready, they bring it over the bridge into Cumberland and into the station. As usual, they've put on a good show of coming over the bridge, smoke billowing from the stack, cylinder cocks open, and the engineer blowing the whistle.