Western Maryland Chapter

The National Railway Historical Society

Cumberland, Maryland

serving the Queen City for more than two decades

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a non-profit organization chartered to promote the appreciation of rail transportation and its heritage through historical preservation and public education. The Chapter's primary focus is upon the history of railroads and rail transit lines that have operated in the Western Maryland region and adjacent parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Chapter maintains a collection of historic railroad artifacts, documents, maps and photographs that date from 1844 to the present. Membership is open to all who share our interest. Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month, in Cumberland.

email the Historian, Pat Stakem

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad


C&P Railroad page

The C&O Canal & the RR

West Virginia Central RR

West Virginia Northern RR (no longer operating)

Potomac Eagle

Railroads of Cumberland

Railfanning Cumberland

Books by chapter members

Western Maryland Diesel Locomotives, Stakem & Stakem

Diesel Locomotives of CSXT in Color, Stakem & Stakem

Tom Biery's Alcos to Allentown and Chessie System Cumberland Action

Cumberland & Pennsylvania Revisited by Pat Stakem

The Western Maryland Steam Album, by William P. Price, 1985 (out-of-print), but stay tuned - the WMRHS may reprint it.

Chapter publications, available by mail order:

Bert Pennypacker's Trains to Cumberland and Beyond

West Virginia Central & Pittsburg Ry Co.

The Western Maryland Chapter, NRHS, Inc.

P. O. Box 1331

Cumberland, MD 21501-1331

Our monthly newsletter is The Automatic Block, containing information on WM Chapter activities, current railroad news, and local railroad history. An index is available. (PDF file, 116kb)

contact: phstakem (at) comcast.net