Last updated: 3/9/2014
Union Bridge, Maryland
Street Address
North Main St
Union Bridge, MD 21791
Mailing Address
PO Box 395
Union Bridge, MD 21791
phone: 410-775-0150
e-mail: wmrhs1118@comcast.net
web: westernmarylandrhs.com/
Hours
Closed: Easter, Christmas, and New Years
Wednesday9 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 3 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
and by appointment.
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Staff
Mr. Dennis E. Wertz, President
Brian T. Mahoney, Museum Director
Description

The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society is one of the few organizations of its kind to own and operate its own museum. This affords members and the public alike the unique opportunity to enjoy and study our collection to its best advantage. It also serves as a focal point for Society activities and events. The museum houses our extensive collection of WM artifacts and memorabilia, a voluminous photo archive, archival material directly from the Western Maryland, and an extensive railroader's library featuring historical and technical publications about the WM and the other roads of the region. Major exhibits include the Caller's Boards from Hagerstown and Ridgely, and the CTC panel for the Lurgan Subdivision. Our N-Scale model railroad is located in our museum, and our traveling modular railroad display can be found on tour in the area. Interesting Video and Slide/Tape presentations are also shown.

Mission

The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society was founded in 1967 for the purpose of preserving a portion of Maryland's rich history. We do this by providing programs for community organizations, publishing educational materials drawn from our collection, and supporting activities related to railroading. With the cooperation of the Western Maryland, the Society established a museum in Union Bridge in the building that once served as the company's main offices. Built in 1902, the two story building continues as our museum, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The WMRHS is not affiliated with CSX, its predecessors, or the Maryland Midland Railway in any way.

History

In the 125 years of its operation as an independent railroad, the Western Maryland built a reputation as a truly "Fast Freight Line." From the laborers on the docks of Port Covington to the top brass, Western Maryland people were noted for their skill in the transportation field, and the pride that showed in every aspect of their work. Today, the WM is a fond memory, its remnants serving as an important link in the CSX Transportation chain. Its memory survives, however, in the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society, Inc.

Services

Donations

Donations of railroad oriented items are always welcomed and may be tax deductible. Items may also be loaned to the Society by arrangement with the board of directors. Write to the Society for more information.

Gift Shop

Members receive discounts on most gift shop items.

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

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