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Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160

 

Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160

Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160
Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160
Nearest city North Branch and Woodmont in Maryland, and Jerome in West Virginia
Coordinates

39°33′53″N 78°32′8″W / 39.56472°N 78.53556°W / 39.56472; -78.53556Coordinates: 39°33′53″N 78°32′8″W / 39.56472°N 78.53556°W / 39.56472; -78.53556

Built 1903
Architect Western Maryland Railway Co.; Pennsylvania Steel Co.
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference #

81000078

[1]
Added to NRHP July 23, 1981

Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160 is a historic section of the Western Maryland Railway (WM) in Allegany County, Maryland, and in Morgan County, West Virginia. It is an abandoned 34 miles (55 km) section of the right-of-way between milepost 126 at the intersection of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O) and Long Ridge Road, Woodmont, and milepost 160 just west of Maryland Route 51, North Branch. It closely parallels the Potomac River and the C&O Canal running along the north bank of the river. Seven miles of the roadbed are in West Virginia near Paw Paw, and include three tunnels.[2]

WM completed opened the line between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland in 1906.[3] It was abandoned by the Chessie System in 1975.

The National Park Service acquired the roadbed in 1980 for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.[2][4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[1] Towns it is listed in include North Branch and Woodmont, Maryland, and Jerome, West Virginia.

See also

  • Indigo Tunnel
  • Kessler Tunnel
  • Stickpile Tunnel

References

External links

  • Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160, Allegany County, including photo from 1981, at Maryland Historical Trust


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