Western Maryland Scenic wins Trains Preservation Award

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Chesapeake & Ohio No. 1309 was on static display for many years at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Md.
MILWAUKEE — And the winner of Trains annual Preservation Award and $10,000 prize is .... the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains, announced the award in a crowded ballroom at the Harley-Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee moments ago.

Trains' Editor presents the award each year to one rail preservation project of national or regional significance that can use the grant by the end of the following year.

Western Maryland Scenic applied to Trains this year for $10,000 to restore a portion of Chesapeake & Ohio No. 1309, a 2-6-6-2 Mallet-type heavy freight steam locomotive. The railroad intends to restore the historic locomotive to operation in 2016. As part of its application, the group says it would use the award money to professionally paint the locomotive, restore and install an appropriate bell and whistle on the locomotive, as well as restore in-cab gauges for operation.

No. 1309 was the last steam locomotive Baldwin Locomotive Works built for a U.S. railroad. The locomotive operated on the C&O in freight service between 1949 and 1956. It was eventually stored at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Md., as a static display.

Wrinn presented the award as the highlight of Trains' 75th Anniversary Gala dinner in front of more than 400 railroaders, railfans, spouses, and special guests.

More information on 1309 is available by visiting the railroad's website
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