Western Maryland Scenic acquires WM 'bicycle boxcar'

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Western Maryland boxcar 26634 departs Sidney, Ohio, for its new home at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland.
Zach Marlow
SIDNEY, Ohio — A former Western Maryland Railway boxcar has returned to its home territory on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad at Cumberland, Md.

Boxcar No. 26634, with faded "Western Maryland" speed lettering still visible on its sides, had been used for storage at a grain mill in this western Ohio town since the late 1980s. The car was loaded on a trailer on March 28. The trucks were loaded on a second rig. It was unloaded earlier this week at the railroad.

Bruce Kuck, owner of Ginn Grain, told local media the car's roof had begun to leak so it was no longer useful for storage. The car will join a number of other WM cars on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, where they are used in photo freights, but that is not all that is in store for this car.

Western Maryland Executive Director John Garner says the car will be used to carry bicycles for passengers who want to ride back down hill from Frostburg to Cumberland on the trail with rail path next to the tracks.

He said the car the railroad was using until 2016 had structural issues. The railroad carries as many as 75 cyclists and their bikes per train from June through October. Garner says the car will carry graphics to promote tourism in Allegany County and eventually be returned to its 1947 appearance to run with restored Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.
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