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Return to Frostburg Celebration
May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will be hosting their official Return to Frostburg Celebration on May 6th at the Frostburg Depot. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., community members are invited to enjoy live music from the 40’s and 50’s, local food and beverage vendors, visits from title holders in the Miss Frostburg and Miss Mountain City competitions, and a ribbon cutting ceremony with local and state dignitaries.
WMSR will also open up Ridgeley Yard for shop tours by appointment on May 6th. This will be a chance to see new additions to the WMSR fleet and to catch up on continuing projects, such as the steam engine #1309 rebuild. Shop tour tickets are available at http://www.wmsr.com/shop-tours.
The May 6th celebrations mark the end of a difficult year plagued by landslides and, consequentially, changes to the route that had taken WMSR to the Frostburg Depot for nearly 30 years. In February of 2016 following a period of heavy rains, a slope of 140-year-old coal mine waste slipped, making the WMSR tracks impassable past the No. 9 switch. As the No. 9 slide was being repaired, state geologists were monitoring another slow-moving landslide a few miles further east near Woodcock Hollow. Just a few days before the No. 9 slide was repaired, the geologists decided that it was unsafe to run trains over the moving earth near Woodcock Hollow. The railroad continued operating over a truncated route that stopped just shy of Woodcock Hollow but included an extra mile east to the old Western Maryland terminal at Maryland Junction.
Over one year after the No. 9 slide, WMSR received clearance return to it’s normal route to Frostburg, MD. As a result of the landslide repairs, the landscape at Woodcock Hollow and No. 9 switch have been dramatically cleared and altered, offering brand new scenic views to long-time visitors.