June 29, 2003. Mountain Thunder Summer Tour
Mountain Thunder Summer Tour
Sunday, June 29, 2003
Start Location: Park & Ride, Urbana, MD
Time: 8:30 A.M.
This summer tour will be a little different. Instead of traveling the back
roads to our destination, we will hit the open highway. We leave promptly
at 8:45 A.M. where we will caravan along the interstates to our destination, the
Western Maryland Station in Cumberland.
Once there we will pick up our tickets then travel back through time aboard
the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad on the 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0, Mountain
Thunder. From Cumberland, we will climb through the spectacular
scenery of the Allegheny. A narrator will be aboard to provide us with
information about the scenery, history and culture along our route.
The Scenic Excursion departs at 11:30 A.M. from the Western Maryland
Station. The train returns to the Station at approximately 3:00 P.M.
There will be a 90 minute layover in Frostburg where you may enjoy lunch, watch
them turn the engine on a turntable, wander through the Frostburg Shops By The
Depot, investigate the shops and restaurants on Frostburg's Main Street, and
visit the Thrasher Carriage Museum.
We will be seated in one of the restored coaches. Coach seats are all
located by large windows and seat two on either side of the aisle. Seating
in the coaches for individuals is not reserved; it is on a first come, first
served basis. Aboard the train there is a gift shop and snack bar, which
have been converted from a baggage car. There are plenty of photo ops at
the Cumberland Station, on the excursion, and at Frostburg. A good time
for kids, too.
Reservations must be purchased
in advance. Ticket prices are $19 per adult and $10 per child. There
are a few different choices for lunch. A sandwich shop is available in
Frostburg while they "turn" the engine. Or you may want to bring a
picnic lunch. Or you can go First Class for $37.50/adult or
$17.50/child (which includes the train excursion) and dine in one of
the restored dining cars or café car. First Class passengers are
seated at reserved tables and lunch is served aboard the train during
the excursion. A cash bar is also available in each of the dining
cars. Passengers will be given a choice of entree at the time the
reservation is made. All menu selections must be received 24 hours
prior to departure time.
To order your tickets, see the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad's ticketing
information page, or call 1-800-TRAIN-50. All tickets are held at the
ticket office for pick up the day of your reservation.
On our return trip we will take the local route back home along the Baltimore
Please make your reservations early and contact Steven Schlossman to let us know that you
will be attending. If you have FRS radios, bring them along.
Directions to the Start:
From the Washington, DC, Beltway (I-495)
- Take I-495 to I-270 north to exit 26, Route 80.
- Meet at the Park and Ride.
From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695)
- Take I-70 west to exit 62, Route 75.
- Turn left at stop sign to follow Route 75 south.
- After 3.2 miles, turn right at stop sign onto Route 80 west.
- Continue 4.3 miles, straight at traffic light, Route 355, and through
- Turn left into the Park and Ride.
Gas, snacks and rest rooms near the start.
Additional information is available at the Western
Maryland Scenic Railroad Web site.