Railroad history topic of meeting

CUMBERLAND — Episodes from a video program on American railroad history will be shown during the monthly meeting of the Western Maryland Chapter, National Railway Historical Society on July 17 at 7 p.m. in the new Cumberland Railroad Museum among the shops at Canal Place.

The video program, “America’s Railroads: The Steam Train Legacy,” consists of short films made in the 1950s about different aspects of the railroad industry. Three episodes focus on advancements in railroad technology brought about by research and testing, on railroad safety procedures and on “precision efficiency” during freight train operations. The program concludes with a section about train accidents, wrecks and derailments based on newsreel footage shot between 1951 and 1967.

Parking is available on Howard Street beneath the Interstate 68 bridge.

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered in 1977 to promote the appreciation of rail transportation and its heritage. The chapter is especially focused on the history of railroads and rail transit lines that have existed in Western Maryland and adjacent parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Anyone who is interested in railroads is invited to attend.

 

 

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