Scenic railroad closed due to damaged crossties

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will be closed this weekend due to track damage.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

There will not be much to see of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad line over the coming days.

That’s because crews will be repairing about 250 ft of railroad ties that were damaged during heavy rains. The intense precipitation softened a small section of crossties. As a result, rides from Sept. 8 through Sept. 11 have been cancelled. The Heritage Days Festival will take place during the closure, which is a busy time of year for the railroad.

The damaged ties are located near the WMSR shop and rail yard in Ridgeley, W.Va.

According to WMSR Board Chair Mike McKay, people who specialize in track maintenance are being called in to help existing employees with the work.

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