A Chesapeake and Ohio Mallet runs again! WMSR / C&O 1309 is fired up and takes its first steps outside of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad's shops in Ridgeley. Constructed in 1949, C&O 1309 ... (more)
WMSR 1309 is doing some testing around the shop complex in Ridgeley, WV. 1309 was dressed up in C&O lettering thanks to Trains Magazine. After these runs, 1309 was winterized and put away for some... (more)
C&O 1309 was out test running today. She looks good all stretched out. More testing and tightening up and she will be good as new.
On the night of December 31st, a monumental event occurred in the riverside town of Ridgeley, West Virginia. Former C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 made a move under its own power for the first time in 64 years... (more)
1309's completed tender waits to be attached to the tender frame. Seen outside the shop in Ridgley WV
Criticism aside, it is still very cool to see what these queens of steam look like undressed. Here is a look at C&O 1309's firebox inside the shops at the WMSR during a recent tour.
Two workers discuss what needs to be done inside the smokebox of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309. This scene was part of a night photo session held inside the shop (while a wind and rain storm ... (more)
Work progresses on the restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 in the Western Maryland Scenic's shop. This is actually a staged photo done as part of the "Farewell to 734" even... (more)
C&O 2-6-6-2 No.1309 at the WMSRThe Restoration Continues!
Chesapeake & Ohio's No.1309 is a 2... (more)
1309 Driver being moved to be prepared for shipment.
Today another major componet of the 109 rebuild took place when the 109 was lifted off her drivers. Boiler work is proceeding and the tender is near completion.
The excitement continues at the WMSR as work progresses on the 1309. This week Scott Lindsay of Steam Operations Corporation brought his experts to Cumberland to do an ultrasonic scan of the 1309'... (more)