Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad debuts restored BL2

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Western Maryland EMD BL2 No. 82 rests outside of the Cass Shops during its unveiling to photographers attending a spring photo event in town. The locomotive will head back to Elkins in the coming weeks for freight and tourist train service.
Chase Gunnoe
CASS, W.Va. — After spending the winter months tucked away in the Cass Scenic Railroad shops, railroad crews at the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad have debuted EMD BL2 No. 82 locomotive in a new Western Maryland "fireball" paint scheme.

The locomotive was released from the Cass Shops on Friday, April 28 to a group of photographers visiting Cass for a spring photography trip. The locomotive had previously been painted in Western Maryland’s "speed" lettering scheme.

Western Maryland BL2 No. 82 arrived at the Cass Shops last November for upgrades to its air compressor, in-cab improvements, and new paint. Railroad crews decided earlier this year that Western Maryland’s fireball scheme would compliment the railroad’s existing fleet of Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and Western Maryland-painted locomotives.

In the coming weeks, the locomotive will be transported to Elkins, W.Va., from Cass where it will be placed into regular freight and tourist train service. WM No. 82 will be based out of the railroad’s Belington, W.Va., shops.

The locomotive was built in October 1948 for the Western Maryland. Its sister locomotive, WM No. 81, is on display at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

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