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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Based on 210 traveler reviews
well worth the time
Sep 29, 2014 by: David K from Franklin, United States
The trip up the mountain and back was scenic and restful. Time was allowed in Flintstone to get something to eat and do a quick tour of this attractive small town. The rail coaches were very clean and well maintained.
Sep 29, 2014 by: naomi b from Baltimore, Maryland
My boyfriend and I were so excited to go on this train ride. He booked it as a surprise for my birthday. We went there for a Saturday day trip from Baltimore. He booked the first class seats which came with a meal and tea, water, and lemonade. No sodas were available on the train, for free or purchase. When arriving at the train depot, there was a parking attendant that directed us to free parking. Tickets are will call and need to be picked up at the booth. The boarding process was cumbersome and disorganized. There should have been better signage. You board towards the back of the train from the concrete ramp/platform. The train left a few minutes late...no idea why. Our stay in Frostburg was cut short. We stayed at the station to see the train turn....which was actually really cool. That took a good 20 min more out of our Frostburg layover. We had about 30 min in the town. We were fortunate as it wasn't super busy so we had a 4 person table to ourselves. We sat next to this table with 4 fun ladies and we just talked the whole time. The scenery was beautiful, but unless your kid is really into trains they might not have that much fun. There really isn't much to do and its difficult to walk on a moving train. The food was just OK. My boyfriend got the chicken Caesar salad...but they were out of Caesar dressing. Lol. Luckily the ladies next to us had Greek dressing that they brought on. I got the orange roughy which had a lemon goo with dill all on top. It was decent...but I think I would have preferred to eat in Frostburg. I would recommend on the next trip to get the next class down from business class. They had huge comfy looking chairs, whereas first had dining room wooden chairs with no padding.
I'm no train enthusiast, but this was fun!
Sep 29, 2014 by: NoAgendadotcom from Baltimore, Maryland
My wife and I went to Cumberland on a weekend getaway. The steam train we went on was great. We already booked tickets to bring the kids back in a month. The calmness of the train riding up and down the mountain to Frostburg amongst the fall foliage was just what I needed. I don't care much for trains, but its an experience to do at least once. The tickets are pricey, so just stick to standard coach. They have a premium standard for $5 more, but the seats aren't that different. You can walk in between cars while moving in the train and even go through a tunnel at one point. One more tip, if you are able to- Sit on the Right side of the train, the side facing the train station, all the scenery is on this side, almost nothing on the other side.
Great Railroad Experience
Sep 29, 2014 by: Vancena from Fairfax, Virginia
We went to the WMSR for their 1st annual Steel Wheels Festival. It was a pleasant steam train ride to Frostburg, MD where you can watch the train being turned around on a turntable. We had the pleasure of riding in the Parlor Car, which I recommend, due to the comfortable seating. Some of the other cars were moldy smelling. The bar service had a wide selection of drinks (water, soda, beer and wine). Staff was friendly and helpful throughout the day. They did a great job of having numerous exhibits and train related items to view. We did end up having a problem (along with a dozen other people) concerning the Murder Mystery Train not being ran and the website stated it was being ran. We all paid for the Mystery train to find out that it was their Saturday Night Special train and the mystery was why did no one tell us this when we picked up our tickets. WMSR needs to update their calendar application properly to reflect the trains that are running or not. There is ample parking at the station along with bicycle parking. They have a couple different gift shops and a cafe.
Loved the ride.
Sep 28, 2014 by: DCdevildog from
This is a steam lover's paradise! Plenty of action, lots of history, and a very friendly crew. This railroad has kept a beautiful line in operation, and has taken great care of valuable locomotives and rolling stock. This is a must visit for railfans and families alike.
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