News Wire: Western Maryland diesel stands in for big steam this fall

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 2:48 PM

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland red, white, and black could mean green for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland. The nonprofit tourist railroad has painted its EMD GP30 No. 501 in Western Maryland’s red, white, and black ...

Brian Schmidt, Associate Editor Trains Magazine

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Posted by oldline1 on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 7:38 PM

Grian, thanks for that info. While I'm a big WM fan and really enjoy the WMSR and their operation, including the GP-30's, I can't say I find the 501 in Circus colors very appealing. 

I feel for the railroad losing the 734 and specially all the issues that have faced the 1309 so if this draws folks with money for tickets then I'm all for it. No matter what pulls their trains the ride is a grand thing indeed!



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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 8:17 PM

I'm sure it'll work for them.  If what I've read is true a lot of the people riding tourist trains now really don't care what pulls the train, considering many, if not most of them, don't have any memories of mainline steam.

Of course, the ride'll be even better when 1309's pulling it!

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 9:30 AM

Firelock your probably right. Plus the diesel in it's new paint job will draw some rail fans as well.

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