A photo of WMSRR 734

WM734 Mar 12, 2004

  1. WM734

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    Hi, new to the forum, trying a photo post.
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    This is a scan of a photo I took at Helmstetter's Curve back in Febuary 1999, during a special photo run.
    The Western Maryland Scenic runs from May to early December yearly. This was a special photo run for passenger train enthusiasts.
    I had to edit this message, I forgot the wide scope of this forum. The Western Maryland Scenic makes a 14 mile trip from Cumberland, MD to Frostburg MD. The loco is a 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0, with an ex NYC Mohawk tender from #2663. That and a few other enhancements give her the look of a Western Maryland RR Consolidation.
    Nikon N 50, 28/70 Nikkor AF zoom, HP scanner,
    orginal print from Kodak 100 Gold.

    Ed

    [ 12. March 2004, 14:03: Message edited by: WM734 ]
     
  2. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome aboard Ed.

    That's a great photo.

    Charlie
     
  3. BrianS

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    Great shot!

    Did you make it to the Carl Franz charter this past January on the WMS? I wasn't on that charter, although I was in Cumberland for the weekend. Looks like they had quite a weekend for photography!
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Ed-

    Welcome!

    Nice photo! Am wondering- Does this loco always stay on home rails? Or has it ever been on an outside excursion?

    Also, I recall seeing a video years ago. It showed a long steel WM viaduct. Is this by chance on part of the WMSR? Or still in use?

    :D

    Boxcab E50
     
  5. BrianS

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    There are two major bridges located on the WM's Connelsville Extension to which you might be referring, Keystone Viaduct and Salisbury Viaduct, both near Meyersdale, Pennsylania. Neither of these are on the portion of the Western Maryland still in operation, although they are both on a hiking trail that runs for a good portion of the route.

    The only bridge of any consequence along the Western Maryland Scenic is over Alt. U.S. Hwy. 40 on the north side of Cumberland in what is called the Cumberland Narrows. Here is a photo of it from a few years back.

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    Enjoy!
     
  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Brian-

    Salisbury is the one. I couldn't think of the name this morning. Now I remember the video. It's "The Fifties Express." Believe done by WB Video.

    :D

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  7. WM734

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    These were taken 1/18/04, during Carl's photoshoot. I don't usually take pictures during his shoots, cause I can take photos of 734 almost anytime, I live close, but today is special. Mike Manwiller's last runs for the Western Maryland Scenic. All taken at the Frostburg depot.
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    The bridge in Brian's photo is still in use, the wood floor on the left has been taken up, and a there is a fence between the track and open bridge floor. I had some photos of the Salisbury Viaduct, but lost them in a hard-drive faliure. It is part of "rails to trails" now, over a mile long, across a valley. I hope to walk it this spring or summer.
    Mike, in the above photo, is now chief mechanical officer of the Heber Valley RR in Utah.
    As I said, I don't like to take photos during Carl's shoots, those folks paid their dime, it's their time. About 20 degrees out, I used my Coolpix 990 for these three.

    Ed
     
  8. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Ed,

    Excellent photos it looks so picturesque
     
  9. Stourbridge Lion

    Stourbridge Lion TrainBoard Supporter

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    Nothing like seeing Steam in Winter :D
     
  10. WM734

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    Boxcab, the 734 doesn't leave her home rails. She runs from Cumberland to Frostburg, both in Maryland, a distance of 14 miles. What makes the run good, though, are two horseshoe curves, a 914 foot tunnel, and some 2.8 percent climbing...makes her talk!
    Here is the RR's web site..www.wmsr.com

    Last year, when there was supposed to be the big steamfest at the B&O museum, there was some talk of taking 734 down to Baltimore. But of course, that was all off after the old roundhouse collapsed.

    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I'll probably bore you all with photos..I love trains and taking photos of them.

    Ed
     
  11. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Ed-

    Thanks for the answer on 734.

    Don't worry about it. Post your photos. Some may not draw much response. Some will get a lot. Don't let that stop you.

    :D

    Boxcab E50
     
  12. BrianS

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    That's what I do and nobody has run me outta here yet! ;)

    Welcome aboard, Ed! :cool:
     
  13. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Ed, a very warm welcome to Trainboard [​IMG]

    We will never tire of looking at photographs, so post away.......especially steam pics!
     
  14. Peirce

    Peirce Passed away April 3, 2009 In Memoriam

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    Welcome, Ed. Keep posting those pix. This forum is about taking railfan photos and posting the results. So, it would be hard to overdo it.

    Of the ones posted so far, I have to pick the first shot from Frostberg as my favorite.
     
  15. Greg Elems

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    Ed,
    Nice series of pictures. Since I'm pretty much on the left coast, I like seeing these pictures. So like everyone else, I'd like to see more.

    And welcome.

    Greg
     

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