Western Maryland- Railway, Canal and Mushrooms

Western Maryland Railway

Our mission in travel has been history, photography and trains.  Whenever we get a chance we ride and support  historic trains.  Cumberland Maryland preserves the Western Maryland Railroad and offers train rides to nearby Frostburg daily.  Our train was pulled by a EMD GP-30 diesel locomotive.  The Cumberland station was built in 1913.  The trip climbs 1300 feet in 16 miles through the Western Maryland mountains.  In Frostburg the locomotive turns around on a historic electric turntable.  Western Maryland is now part of CSX.

Historic Cumberland Depot


Classic operating turntable

Stainless steel Budd cars

The National Park Service operates a museum in the station called Canal Place which tells the story of the C&O Canal.  It operated from 1850 to 1924 from Washington DC to Cumberland.  It primarily carried coal from the Allegheny mountains.  The railroads competed over the same route and overtook the canal but the building of the canal made Cumberland a transportation hub.

Historic C&O Canal

Replica boat in Cumberland

George Washington was stationed in Cumberland twice.  Once when he served under British General Braddock during the French and Indian War and later serving the United States during the Whisky Rebellion.

George Washington slept here – twice

We camped at Rocky Gap State Park.  Goldie was pretty big for this campground but we got along OK.  We even found some edible wild mushrooms.  Chicken of the Woods or Sulphur Shelf (laetiporus sulphureus) is a mushroom we have seen in Washington.  We found several pounds in the campground.  Believe it or not they really do taste like chicken.  Their texture is even like chicken.  Easy pickin’.

Chicken of the Woods mushroom

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