WMSR's Nick Bennett cuts a few stubborn bolts from the smokebox as the fellas get the old girl ready for next week. Nick has also fired and ran the 734. Next to 734 is a 2-6-0 owned by the Everett... (more)
734 works upgrade high above Mt Savage. This is typical of most of her run, grade and curves! Note in this 2003 photo there is no trail alongside the ROW. That would come later.
While the 150 or so photographers riding the Helmstetter Farm Fund trip were pretty excited to see 734 strut her stuff, the cows don't seem especially interested. They were more concerned with th... (more)
Framed by trees and a fence along the edge of one of John Helmstetter's fields, 734 makes a run up the hill towards Frostburg as she rounds the curve that bears the name of the farm it surrounds.
The early morning sun is shining directly on the west-end of Helmstetter's Curve. Standing on top of GP30 #501's cab roof, we view 734 charging around the curve with her Freight train. This is the... (more)
The last few yards. In the old days, WM freights would have continued through a tunnel under Frostburg, but this day 734's crew can see the end of track just around the bend.
WMSR #734 runs another lap past Lap. An early water stop on the former WM, the water tank was abandoned in the late 50's leaving nothing but it's foundation.
Heading for Frostburg. 734 whips around Helmstetter's Curve on a trip to raise funds for the construction of John Helmstetter's new barn. Without John's cooperation, this view would surel... (more)
"the photo line is ready!" 734 approaches the Frostburg depot on the final photo freight for the rebuild of the helmsteters barn fund.
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Franz Photo Freight starts the days first runbuys just short of the Cumberland Narrows
Helmstetters Curve - complete with new Barn, a restored tractor and old reliable #734. A special thanks goes to Mr Helmstetter and family, along with the WMSR organization for keeping a long trad... (more)
WM #734, now on the former C&P grade, crosses the old WM right of way en route to Frostburg, MD.
She'll be coming 'round the corner when she comes...
As the final rays of sunlight shine the 734 crosses over from Ridgeley, WV into Cumberland,Md on the final runby of the day on this Carl Franz Photo Charter.