The late Richard E. Markle, Mr. Markle, protects a backup move at Helmstetter's Curve on a Carl Franz Photo Special.
WMSR 734 rounds Helmstetter's Curve on a Carl Franz Photo Special.
The massive plumes of smoke and cinders blot out the sun as WM 734 rounds Helmstetter's Curve on a Carl Franz Photo Special.
WMSR 734 rolls around Helmstetter's Curve in the late afternoon sun on a Carl Franz Photo Special.
WM 734 rolls around the apex of Helmstetter's Curve amid dramatic side lighting and billowy white smoke. This was one of the Carl Franz Photo Specials run to raise money for the Helmstetter Farm F... (more)
501 works hard as she shoves 11 passenger cars and one caboose around the top curve at Helmstetter's.
"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)
The 'Consolidation' 2-8-0 #734 of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad with its mixed freight train heading to Frostburg. A great Lerro Photography / Lerro Productions charter.
It's all about the plume! "Mountain Thunder" climbs the grade one more time; shortly it heads in for its 1472 day inspection.
A beautiful day at Helmstetter's Curve.
Westbound at Helmstetter's Curve. Pounding upgrade in the hills west of Cumberland, a Western Maryland Freight negotiates the iconic horseshoe curve that has assumed the name of the family ... (more)
The red barn makes a nice counterpoint to 734 running
light back to Cumberland, as the diesels have already
taken a long train back.
Here is 734 showing a nice patina after a few months of excursion work, running "light" with a caboose on an engineer training run.
On her final day of operation, Mountain Thunder roars through the Cash Valley Road Crossing on the famous Helmstetter's curve. According to the WMSR, Mountain Thunder will be retired indefinitely... (more)
Peak Autumn color as 734 works Helmstetter's.