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“A Trip Back in Time.”

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Ranked #6 of 38 things to do in Cumberland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad offers a variety of scenic, dining, and specialty excursions throughout the year. Individual and group rates are available for the Mountain Limited, our scenic excursion, as well as Evening Paradise Dinner Trains on Saturday evenings. Also available throughout the year are various specialty and holiday excursions.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

My wife and I took this trip because it was on a steam powered train. We were in the dining car and had the meal on our trip. The scenery was very fine and the food and service were excellent. The train runs from Cumberland to Frostburg, Maryland and return. We plan to take one of the Mystery trains next season.

Thank Warren C
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

A very nice ride one hour each way with a 1 hour 25 minute layover in Frostburg. Wear black: the soot and cinders from the coal burning engine are authentic and they get on everything! Choose your seat carefully, the station side in Cumberland is the only side of the train you can see anything from (except the woods and the entrance to Bone Cave). Also, some cars have small, cloudy windows and some have larger, clear windows. There was an open car but the flying cinders were prevalent and it was tricky to walk (with a cane) while the train was moving. The narrative provided by a WMSR employee was very interesting and well delivered. Our conductor was charming and really fit the part. We were looking forward to seeing the town of Frostburg, but were surprised to find that it was a five story climb to the town, with no other options for transport. And you only have an hour and 25 minutes to spend in Frostburg. There are two options for lunch if you can't climb stairs. The station cafe had a bluegrass band for entertainment. We ate at the Trail Inn and Cafe, right across from the station. We could see the engine being turned around on the turntable from their outdoor seating. You can also see the Thrasher Carriage Museum without climbing the stairs. A fun trip!

1  Thank mcc1Maryland
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Great ride with a steam locomotive. Loved the noise and smoke. The ride up (and down) the gorge was wonderful. The leaves haven't turned yet, but even with just green leaves, the scenery is beautiful.
We chose the first class tickets and that is definitely worth the added expense. Try to get seated on the right side of the train. The view on the right side is far better than on the left.
The food was fine for the trip. The other couple at our table was very pleasant. The first class tables are tables for 4, so having a foursome is the best way to go.
The roundhouse turn-around in Frostburg was a treat to see. We could get very close to the equipment.
The only down side was Frostburg at the upper end. We changed our travel dates so we could go (as advertised) to the Frostburg Bicentennial parade. But the train arrived in Frostburg after the parade completed. Very disappointed.
Be warned: there are many stairs and uphill walking to get from the Frostburg train terminal to the City. It's a hike. The City of Frostburg itself has some quaint sites to see, but it doesn't take long to exhaust all the possibilities, even on a celebratory weekend.
A fun trip into the past. We were pleased.

2  Thank Paul_from_VA
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We went in late August. It was a Sherlock Holmes themed show. It was great fun with good food.There was a salad then the main dish was served. We got the beef,redskin potatoes and green beans. The portions were large and tasty.During the turn around a portion of the show was presented then we re-boarded the train and there was chocolate cake for dessert. It was a little pricey but we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Thank paladin50
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Great time on the train. It's a nice length ride. We were disappointed with Frostburg. Thought shops would be close, but you have to hike a huge hill and then we didn't have much time to look around.

Thank Jill M
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