The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


The city of Cumberland, Maryland is a city located in the panhandle region of the state.  It is a city rich in history dating back to the French and Indian Wars and a major crossroads city being served by the National Road, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the railroad.  The National Road is no longer the main road to the west.  The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal which was originally supposed to go to the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was never completed and had terminated in Cumberland.  Today, much of the canal is in ruins with certain parts restored to its original look, and it is its now owned and run by the National Park Service.  As for the railroad, the city of Cumberland remains a major railroad hub with CSX having a yard and its shops in the city.  In the early days, it was a hub for…

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