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WMSR Ready for Memorial Day Weekend Start

April 26th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will kick off its 2021 season with Memorial Day weekend excursions.  Railroad officials said diesel-powered engines will be used while repairs continue on the massive Baldwin steam locomotive No. 1309.

The scenic railroad was halted in March 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The railroad has added a double-decker 1955 Budd Dome Car to its fleet. The stainless steel, air-conditioned car was built for the Great Northern Railway and seats 28 downstairs and 62 upstairs.

The scenic railroad’s third stage of reopening is anticipated in the fall with the return of dinner and special event excursions. Officials said operations are subject to monitoring the COVID situation, however, they anticipate the return of the Polar Express excursion for the Christmas season.