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More vintage WM goodness
« on: May 23, 2011, 06:44:48 AM »
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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 11:16:56 AM »
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There's only one issue. Lee's track is in better shape! I agree though, that last one, well, it's been nailed.

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2011, 01:11:21 PM »
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Williasport was a great place for train photos back in the day. 


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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2011, 03:02:38 PM »
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Route of the Alpha Jets

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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2011, 07:23:10 PM »
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A fresh harvest of early '70s WM:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=363922

Awesome! Complete with Alco FAs! 8) (All four of 'em)
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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2011, 08:06:42 PM »
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Even though Western Maryland sounds like a Division II University  ;) , those are some nice photos. I love the look of the F units in black, and they look even better mu'ed with non-cab unit locomotives. I can see how some of you might find this to be an interesting road!

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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2011, 09:21:33 PM »
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There's only one issue. Lee's track is in better shape! I agree though, that last one, well, it's been nailed.

Lee uses more power  ;D, but I agree that Lee has the "feel" nailed.
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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2011, 09:27:45 PM »
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Actually, Dave, there was a Western Maryland College located in Westminster, Maryland.  It was named such thanks to a healthy endowment provided by the railroad.  A caboose adorned the football stadium for years...not sure if it's still there, though, as the administration decided a few years ago to rename the school "McDaniel College"... apparently for a fast food joint...

Apparently there was some confusion since Westminster has become more of a Baltimore suburb, and not so much geographically Western Maryland.  It was more difficult for the provost to explain the history of the name, and to provide directions to parents who mistakenly drove to Frostburg, where there's a state university best known for drunken students and snow drifts...

As for the WM's appeal, it developed legions of fans because it was well run, clean, fan friendly, and as those photos demonstrate, fond of keeping it's old equipment in good working order.  It was among the few Class 1's in the northeast that were financially sound from the mid-60's through the early 70's.  The B&O was on the brink until the C&O took over, and we all know what happened to the Conrail predecessors.  

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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2011, 11:37:00 PM »
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Actually, Dave, there was a Western Maryland College located in Westminster, Maryland.  It was named such thanks to a healthy endowment provided by the railroad.
Lee

Really?  I didn't know that was the origin.

So is Williamsport Hill just the climb out of the Potomac basin up to Hagerstown?  I'm surprised that was a helper district.  Does the line still exist as a branch?

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P.S. I think you need more F units out on the road...

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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2011, 12:16:07 AM »
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Thanks for the info Lee. I can definitely see the appeal of the WM.

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2011, 08:28:03 AM »
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Yup.  the Hill lies between Hagerstown and Cherry Run, the last bit of the WM's west end that CSX still uses.  It's a pretty steady climb up out of the valley, and back in the day there was a lot of coal grinding up the hill.  Today it remains a through route from the old B&O main to the northeast, although Hagerstown has been downgraded to more or less a local terminal.

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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2011, 01:10:01 PM »
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though, as the administration decided a few years ago to rename the school "McDaniel College"...

isn't that Stevenson College now?

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Re: More vintage WM goodness
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2011, 02:05:20 PM »
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Nope Stevenson is what used to be Villa Julie.