Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Movement of large Steam Locomotive Chesapeake & Ohio No. 1309 from Baltimore to Cumberland, MD for restoration and operation on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
"The transfer of C&O steam locomotive No. 1309 (2-6-6-2) to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad of Cumberland, MD is an incredible milestone for steam operations in the USA! With this transfer, the B&O Railroad Museum and Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will be preserving steam locomotive history for generations to come."
Chesapeake & Ohio No. 1309 will be lifted onto flat cars for the move to Cumberland, MD.  This Locomotive is special for several reasons.  C&O No. 1309 WAS THE LAST STEAM LOCOMOTIVE BUILT BY BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS FOR A DOMESTIC RAILROAD.  Once restored, this locomotive will also be the LARGEST ARTICULATED STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IN REGULAR OPERATION IN THE USA! Once restored, we will be operating every weekend from May - December.  Articulated explains the front wheels movement around curves.  This locomotive was build for tight turns and steep grades and is perfect for our Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. We would like to thank CSX and TTX for their donations and B&0 Railroad Museum, and Hulcher for their help in planning and executing this magnificent project. Approximate live feed time will be begin Thursday early morning, July 10.  Thank you TRAINS Magazine and Chase Gunnoe! We hope you enjoy the webcam...  We look forward to the next big move for No. 1309 once restored, which will be under steam! The link to sign up and watch this live feed is: http://trn.trains.com/Railroad%20Reference/Locomotives/2014/06/Chesapeake%20Ohio%202%206%206%202%20No%201309%20live%20webcam.aspx
For more info, follow this project at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad  www.wmsrf.org

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