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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

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Address: 13 Canal Street,, Cumberland, MD 21502
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+1 240-920-6273
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The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad offers a variety of scenic, dining,...

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.

*Special Notice*

Despite a landslide that occurred along Western Maryland Scenic Railroad tracks, WMSR will adhere to its 2016 schedule.

Operations will continue with a change to the usual route. Excursions will depart eastward from the Cumberland Station. This will provide guests the opportunity to view the WMSR Shop, where our heritage equipment is restored, maintained, and housed. This is the current site of the C&O 1309 restoration. The train will then head west, traveling past the Cumberland Station to Woodcock Hollow. Guests will have the opportunity to see the most notable landmarks along the route, including Brush Tunnel and Helmstetter’s Curve.

The section of land where the landslide occurred in early 2016 must be stabilized before safe passage can resume to Frostburg. It is the priority of WMSR and the government agencies involved to ensure everyone’s safety.

WMSR would like to thank Allegany County and the surrounding community, as well as its guests, for their continued support. As we look forward to our return to Frostburg, we will continue to provide our guests with fun, memorable experiences aboard WMSR.

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A Great Day Trip!

We have traveled the railroad before but never in the dining car and this was a real treat! It was so cold that day! The train travels from Cumberland to Frostburg, turns the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Mount Airy, Maryland
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Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Boarded the train for a birthday dinner train ride. Let me also add that the station takes you back to the days when train travel was "the " way to go. The station makes you feel as if you are in the 30's thru 50's. They lay out red carpet and your on board! Our group was only about 14... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the train on March 18, 2017. We were pleasantly surprised that it was running as it is something we wanted to do for some time now. The tickets for general admission is a little on the high side. We spent a $120 plus tax for the three of us. The money does go back in restoring engines... More 

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Mount Airy, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have traveled the railroad before but never in the dining car and this was a real treat! It was so cold that day! The train travels from Cumberland to Frostburg, turns the engine around (really cool sight!) and then you travel back. Takes about 3 hours total. You pick your lunch ahead of time. My husband had a BLT... More 

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Cumberland, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

I live in Cumberland, Maryland and have been to the station many times. Located in the down town area of Cumberland. Easy walking to Motels and the area

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Thank 1942oldtimer
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I think the regular price tickets are a bit overpriced, so buy from 3rd party sellers like Certifikid.com. The experience was ok but it wasn't breathtaking. For young kids, it would be exciting.

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1 Thank Lucille T
Wmsr, Manager at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! We have enjoyed working with Certifikid and encourage our visitors to check out any promotional offers they may be running. More 

Cumberland, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

I am a local to Cumberland and live right around the corner from the Scenic Train Station. It's very well kept, the train ride is really fun. All of the reviews that say it is bad is due to circumstances beyond the train company's control. They had a landslide take out a section of track, and their steam locomotive had... More 

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Wmsr, Manager at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, responded to this review

Thanks, Hayden! Work is currently progressing on the landslide, and we expect to be back by late winter/early spring. More 

West Hempstead, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This train ride is a complete ripoff. Takes you through areas with nothing to recommend them. It us supposed to go to Frostburg and then you have 30 minutes to visit shops etc. However because of a track problem the train stops a good distance from Frostburg and you are allowed off the train to walk around the tracks -... More 

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Can't understand the Bah-humbug reviews...My husband and I took our 4 year old grandson this weekend (12/10) on the Western Maryland North Pole Train ride to see Santa. He is a lover of trains. We didn't act early enough last year and all rides were sold out. So, this year, I was on the ball. We arrived and tried to... More 

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4 Thank Heather G
Wmsr, Manager at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! All of us at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad are so glad you and your family enjoyed the trip. Please come back and see us in 2017 when we are able to return to Frostburg! More 

Hilton Head, South Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Ditto on the last terrible review. Agree with all the negative commentary. We were also very disappointed to find that the "North Pole" experience was just a blow up arch on the side of the railway that we saw for a fleeting moment---most people missed it. This was a 2 hr round trip train ride to nowhere, and the fact... More 

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Wmsr, Manager at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, responded to this review

We're so sorry to hear you did not enjoy the trip, that is certainly not the way we like to do things around here. You are correct, we do not allow guests off at the "North Pole" as we have in the past, because we are not able to reach our Frostburg Depot this year. We are currently affected by... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This was my sons last year for the train ride. He's 9 and this is probably the last year he will believing in Santa. Four years ago we went on this train and it was A lot of fun. Visited the north pole sat on Santa's lap has cookies and hot chocolate. Broke the trip up and got to stretch... More 

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Wmsr, Manager at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, responded to this review

Hello, I'm very sorry to hear you did not enjoy the trip. I do want to clarify, however, that all of our guests are given as much time as they would like to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, sit on his lap, and take pictures when we arrive back at the Cumberland train station. This is in addition to... More 

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