Work advances on restoration of Western Maryland No. 1309

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The rear of 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 is supported by a beam and jacks as the Western Maryland locomotive awaits reinstallation of the trailing truck.
Diversified Rail Services

RIDGELEY, W.Va. — Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and Diversified Rail Services report that progress is continuing in the overhaul of Western Maryland 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.

With boiler work complete, piping and appliances are being plumbed into their final place. Final installation of the locomotive’s super heater has also been completed., and the repaired exhaust nozzle and draft appliances for the compound engines have been installed in the smoke box. The high-pressure exhaust is the smaller diameter pipe that wraps around the low-pressure exhaust nozzle.

Several key steam lines remain to be attached. Jacks and a beam are supporting the rear of No. 1309 while the trailing truck is prepared for reinstallation following machine work to true journal surfaces. The tender has also been filled to verify watertight integrity of the overhauled tender tank. Piping, delivery lines, and tender appliances are being tested prior to the tender being mated to the locomotive for the first time in more than two years.

Donations to the restoration of No. 1309 remain welcome and can be made at

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