Western Maryland 'Circus' locomotive shows its colors

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Western Maryland Scenic Railroad GP30 No. 501 appears leading a short photo freight between Cumberland and Frostburg, Md., on Saturday, Nov. 4. Proceeds from the photo charter benefit restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.
Gary Pancavage
CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad operated a photo charter freight train led by recently repainted GP30 No. 501 on Saturday, Nov. 4. A small group of dedicated photographers rode the caboose of the nine-car special that operated between Cumberland and Frostburg, Md. Multiple opportunities to document No. 501 on home rails in its attractive “circus” livery were made available.

The locomotive was properly positioned both ways to ensure correct sun angles for photography. There were also night photo sessions at Brush Tunnel and Cumberland Station. All proceeds were donated to the restoration of steam locomotive Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.

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