Railroading around Cumberland

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Located at the confluence of Will's Creek and the Potomac River, Cumberland, Maryland, is known as the Queen City of the Alleghenies. Because of the unique geography of the mountain passes, Cumberland became a transportation nexus between the Eastern Seaboard and the inland bounty of the United States. The National Road, a federal project initiated by Pres. Thomas Jefferson, passes through Cumberland, as does the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and Canal. Rail lines and roads stretch out west, south, and north to industrial, agricultural, and natural resource areas. Regional short-line railroads served to move coal to the loading docks of the canal in Cumberland. Today the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad features steam-power excursions from the old Western Maryland Station next to the canal basin, while 6,000-horsepower diesels haul heavy freight through the CSX Yards in South Cumberland.
ISBN: 9780738553658
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maryland
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Patrick H. Stakem has used his own extensive collection of photographs, as well as those of the Harman and Stacia Miller collection of the city of Cumberland, the Western Maryland chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Historical Society, to illustrate Cumberland's railroad history. Stakem has also collaborated with an array of noted professional and amateur rail photographers and archivists, the Maryland State Highway Administration, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, and the Canal Place Authority in Cumberland.
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