The Steam Gods were pleased with the performance put on by Wild Mary at Brush Tunnel!
729 pushes its train out of Cumberland.
Wild Mary #729 takes pause by Cumberland station which overlooks a steeple just across the canal.
Western Maryland #729 winds it's way up the grade through Mt Savage and on towards Frostburg, MD with another "fast freight".
Western Maryland #729 returns with a caboose in tow after a transfer run to the B&O yard in Cumberland.
The early morning lighting along the remnants of the C&O Canal was spectacular. A Lerro special.
Fast freight - at any cost! Western Maryland was well known for using steam for pusher service to speed it's freights over the 1.5% grade seen here at Helmstetter's Farm. A pan at 1/10th taken ... (more)
A gentleman waits for a freight to pass in his 1939 Packard at the unguarded crossing at Trimble Road.
Following through with Janusz, I kept the theme rolling and cloned out the pedestrian cro... (more)
An engineer for the Western Maryland takes a moment during a station stop at Frostburg to talk with a woman with a dog.
Freight heads to Pittsburgh! Or as close to Pittsburgh as the Western Maryland can get before handing off to another line. This peaceful rural scene belies the magnitude of the grade ahead... (more)
WM #729 brings a caboose past the old C&O Canal basin towards Cumberland Station in preparation for a day of pusher service. Part of a Lerro Productions charter. This line is rarely photographed... (more)
The Packard, a classic! Waiting out the passing of a freight, at this unsignaled crossing, as it pounds up the hill.
NOTE: to create a more "period" appearance, white stripes on the p... (more)
WM 729 brings a freight around the bend at Helmstetter's Curve. (WM #734 as WM #729 during a Lerro Productions photo charter - former LS&I #18/#34,)
Stop, look and listen! A family takes pause to admire Western Maryland's large 2-8-0 return light from an excursion to Frostburg, MD.
When "I think I can" won't cut it - add a pusher! WM #729 is employed in pusher service to assist a movement up the mountains and into Frostburg, MD.