The golden days of railroading may be gone, but the memories linger in Maryland like a train whistle in the distance.
Groups touring the state will find some of the most famous railroad lines and museums in the country. One of Baltimore’s top attractions is the B&O Railroad Museum, which offers train rides and preserves thousands of artifacts, including an extensive collection of 19th century locomotives. At the National Capitol Trolley Museum in Montgomery County, visitors can ride American and European street cars and enjoy the new multi-million-dollar visitor center.
Groups can witness mountain splendor on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, which makes a 32-mile trip from Cumberland to Frostburg, taking passengers through idyllic landscapes in the Alleghenies. Excursions on the Walkersville Southern Railroad cover eight miles of woods and farmland between Walkersville and Frederick, giving passengers the choice of riding in an open-air car, a refurbished coach car or the caboose. By Vanessa Day