Instead of sitting on "The Couch" all day, we decided to catch some action on Sand Patch and ended the day with the extra 5:00 (was supposed to be 4:30) excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic. H... (more)
On a wonderful fall morning the WMSR 734 makes a wonderful plume of smoke as it struts its stuff for the participants of a Carl Franz Photo Charter
A 1/15th pan of Q277-02's helper going from R to L at Mt Savage in the last light of the day
Tunnel Vision! While standing at the other end of Brush Tunnel I captured a Carl Franz photo freight as it charges up the grade and into the massive bore. It was evident to me at that point why th... (more)
John Helmstetter waves to the crew of 734, who returns the greeting with a whistle salute, before continuing about his work in his new barn. A special thanks goes to John for being such a great gu... (more)
WMSR 734 exits Brush Tunnel. Black flags are up front for the recent passing of Richard Markle.
Going away shot of WMSR 734, dropping down the mountain at Helmstetter's Curve. WMSR GP30 #501 is heading up the train on this return trip from Frostburg to Cumberland.
Smoke Screen. While 734 sat between photo runs at Helmstetter's, wind and temperature conditions combined to obscure the engine in her own escaping steam and almost completely block... (more)
Mountain Thunder roars into Brush Tunnel on a cold winter day.
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)
The helper on Q277 shoves on the rear of engineer Bobb's train westboud towards Sandpatch grade with 90 Autoracks
Its not unusual to see BNSF leader on Q368 but to see a MARC unit 3rd out was a bonus on todays Q368-26
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)
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)