Western Maryland 734 blasts through City Junction as the sun rises through the trees on a cold January morning.
City Junction, located at the mouth of the narrows, was the location of a small... (more)
Western Maryland Scenic 2-8-0 No. 734 eases out of the Cumberland, Md., train station on its run to Frostburg with the Polar Express in tow. This locomotive is now down for a major overhaul, likel... (more)
Western Maryland Scenic No. 734 passes underneath the former Baltimore & Ohio line to Grafton, W.Va., just across Wills Creek from Viaduct Junction in Cumberland, Md. This scene was part of a Carl... (more)
Conductor John Garner gives a thumbs up to engineer Kevin Rice as Western Maryland Scenic 2-8-0 prepares for a runby at Brush Tunnel. This was the first of two "Farewell to 734" charters... (more)
"FEED THE BEAST"
Fireman Richard Butterworth slings a shovelful of coal into the hot belly of Baldwin 2-8-0 WMSR 734 between the Narrows and Helmstetter's Curve
2-8-0 #734 screams out the west portal of Brush Tunnel on the former WMRY mainline out of Cumberland.
"FROM THE INSIDE"
Many have seen 734 round Helmstetter's Curve from the outside. Here's a view of the tremendous work done inside the cab as Fireman Richard Butterworth shovels coal in... (more)
It's all about the plume! "Mountain Thunder" climbs the grade one more time; shortly it heads in for its 1472 day inspection.
An early Sunday morning, 734 gets ready. She's just
spent the winter in the shop, now very clean, polished rods, whistle, bell and new graphite on her smoke box.
A pretty sight for the patrons w... (more)
Photo charters need preparation It can be interesting to see what goes on before a photo charter starts. Here, the former main to Maryland Jct. and points west and east is occupied by the... (more)
Pump It Up! Usually a WMSR trip is done without refilling the tender, but on this day they chose to add water at the midpoint of the trip in Frostburg, with water pumped from a hydrant by ... (more)
A beautiful day at Helmstetter's Curve.
One Last Pull! 100-year old WMSR 734 pulls out of the yard in Ridgeley early in the morning to start what was expected to be its last day of service before its 1472-day inspection. Since t... (more)
Heading Back Down! A freight prepares to leave the passing siding at Frostburg and head down the hill to Cumberland with a few carloads of freight. A Lerro Productions photo charter.