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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

13 Canal Street,, Cumberland, MD 21502
1-800-872-4650
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Ranked #3 of 14 attractions in Cumberland
Type: Scenic Railroads, Scenic Drives
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: The 1916 steam locomotive "Mountain Thunder" takes passengers on a fall foliage scenic tour between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland.
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Toronto
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

During a cycling vacation in Maryland I made time to take this journey to Frostburg and was I ever glad I did! I took the steam option, I definitely recommend it over the diesel option. I found it a magical trip back in time to sit in one of the carriages and hear the mighty engines carry you up the... More

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Cumberland, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The train is powered in front by a classic smoke and cinder belching steam locomotive; usually with a diesel locomotive assisting discretely from the rear of the train. The tracks are are on a scenic mountain section between Cumberland and Frostburg. The Great Allegany Passage bike trail begins alongside the tracks at the Cumberland depot and continues on beyond Frostburg... More

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Cumberland, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is well named. Scenic being the operative word. Forget about visiting Vermont for fall foliage, Western Maryland has the beauty and the drama right here close to home. The Train gives a wonderful perspective which one will not witness on other venues.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

DO NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE A POOR RATING, THEY ARE WRONG! The trip was amazing! The Scenery was beautiful, the steam locomotive entertaining and overall a great trip!

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Nottingham, MD, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We had never been to this area of Maryland and picked this as a nice day trip with an aunt living nearby. Opted for served lunch. The food was okay and the ride was enjoyable. The stop midway as the train turns could use some taxi service to go into town. There is a steep hill or steep staircase to... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Took the train ride from Cumberland to Frostburg. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the beautiful scenery. Took my 4-year-old great nephew, and he had a ball. The conductor let him wear his hat, and all the rest of the staff were equally personable. I would highly recommend this excursion. Well worth the money.

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Washington, DC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We don't get out to western Maryland much, so this was a great way to do a little exploring on that side of the state. The station is conveniently located off I-68 in downtown Cumberland. There are several other scenic railroads operating in the area (WV, PA, etc.), but this was on of the few that we found ran until... More

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Long Branch, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Train pulled into Cumberland station about 20 minutes prior to boarding time, so there was time to take some pictures of the steam engine. The wait staff in the dining car did a good job of serving lunch. Watched the WMSR crew turn the engine on the turntable in Frostburg from the stairs, and still had enough time to walk... More

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Annapolis
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59 reviews 59 reviews
3 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Train is neat, ride is fun, snacks ok if you don't eat in dining car. BUt, scenery was dull, brown, and views of backyards and trash. Best was tunnel, bone cave, maple syrup trees, bike path on C and O canal trail and rock formations. Walked up the street from the depot in Frostburg to City Coffee (like a Starbucks)... More

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Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We took the WMSR train from Cumberland to Frostburg and rode our bikes back to Cumberland. The one-way trip on the train was enjoyable. The train got in to the station an hour before departure time and boarding started in plenty of time to get everyone on in time to leave. The scenery on the way to Frostburg was nice... More

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