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Excursion Train Revives Memories

Ex-Reading Steam on the Western Maryland

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Excursion by Steam Locomotive

Two one-day railroad excursions by steam powered locomotive were held on February 5 and 6 on the Western Maryland Railway.

The excursion train traveled west via Glyndon and Boring, Md., Hanover and Gettysburg, Pa., to Hagerstown, Md. on the ‘Dutch Line.’ The return trip was via Thurmont and Westminster, Md. on the Main Line.

The train of Dutch-Door-Equipped Coaches, was pulled by locomotive No. 2102, one of the few steam locomotives still operating. Originally used by The Reading Railroad, it is owned by Steam Tours, Inc. The excursions were sponsored by the Chesapeake Division of Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc.

Many local residents and railroad enthusiasts turned out to see this piece of history re-enacted. This group included the quadragenarian publisher who snapped the photographs used in this issue.

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2102 Approaches Piney Grove Road Bridge.

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Laying a trail of smoke and steam, this Reading 2102 steam engine chugs out of the past along a piece of track on the Dutch Line near Boring, Md.

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Published and Printed by William C. Belt, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
500 copies hand-set and hand-printed on a 9×13 Kelsey for members of NAPA and other friends.

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