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Steam Engine debut will have to wait

July 26th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Yet another postponement by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for the long awaited debut of the Baldwin Steam Engine No. 1309.  The refurbish and return to service of the steam engine has been delayed multiple times since the 1949 locomotive was purchased five years ago- the most recent being the cancellation of the  highly anticipated July 4th holiday weekend innagrual ride.  At the time WMSR general manager John Garner said the hope would be for a late July debut- but that will not happen- and no new date is being announced.  Appearing on WCBC’s “Dave Norman Show” Friday- Garner said that unfortunately there are still mechanical issues that require work- in addition to track repairs. He says that while the diesel engine alternative has kept the tourist train operation running-  it’s the return of the steam engine that will provide a major spike in ridership and a tremendous boost for the local economy

4 Responses to “Steam Engine debut will have to wait”

  1. July 26, 2019 at 3:56 pm, Ed Dodrill said:

    They may need to cut their loses.


  2. July 26, 2019 at 4:13 pm, kevin said:

    I am shocked!!!! Shocked I tell you . . .


    • July 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm, Jay said:

      Tremendous boost for the local economy? >


  3. July 27, 2019 at 1:17 am, mac said:

    And the local governments continue to fork over money.


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