A History of Pride and Performance
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 at 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 important links in the CSX Transportation chain plus various shortline railroads. Its memory survives, however, in the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society, Inc.
The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society was founded in 1967 for the purpose of preserving a portion of America's rich railroad history. We do this by providing programs for community organizations, publishing educational materials drawn from our collection, supporting activities related to railroading, and by making historical records available to groups and individuals researching railroad history. With the cooperation of the Western Maryland Railway, the Society established a Museum in Union Bridge in the buildings that once served as the station, the company's main offices and express shed. The entire complex was built in 1902. The WMRHS is not affiliated with CSX, its predecessors or the Genessee & Wyoming Railroad (Maryland Midland Railway) in any way.
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.
Donations of railroad oriented items are always welcomed and may be tax deductable. Items may also be loaned to the Society by arrangement with the board of directors. Write to the Society for more information.