James P. Gallagher is known nationwide for his breathtaking photographs of the Baltimore & Ohio. Pennsylvania, Maryland & Pennsylvania, and Western Maryland Railways. In Volume 2 of Vignettes of the Western Maryland, Jim turns his attention to filming one of his favorite roads on one of its most scenic stretches. Covering from Keystone, PA to Cumberland, MD, locations visited include Keystone Viadust, Frostburg, Helmstetter's Curve, the Narrows, Salisbury Viaduct, plus a brief look at the Thomas Subdivision. Filmed in 1974 and 1975, just before these routes were downgraded by the Chessie System merger, most scenes feature actual WM audio Jim recorded while filming.
Motive power featured includes the WM's F-units and Geeps, RS-3's and SD's, as well as run-through N&W power, and scenes of competitor B&O. Freight car fans are in for a real treat, as Jim often kept filming after the locomotives passed, providing an extremely rare record of 1970's railroading.
As a bonus, a look at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is included. The First-class tourist railroad now operates the former WM from Cumberland to Frostburg, and has done a magnificent job preserving the Western Maryland's rich heritage.
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