Traveling by train may seem old fashioned to some, but those in the western Maryland area are able to enjoy a scenic rail trip any time they would like. The restored 20th century steam train rolls along the same route through the hills of Maryland and gives riders a tour of a variety of small towns and natural environments. The trip begins in at the Western Maryland Station at Canal Place. Before boarding the train visitors can tour the C&O Canal Museum and visit the variety of shops at nearby Canal Place. This train station dates back to the 1920's.
Next up on the train tour is downtown Cumberland. The town is filled with restaurants, live theatre, and antiques. There is also a fruit market called The Fruit Bowl that features over four aisles of grab and bag candy sold by the pound. The train continues through The Narrows, a cut in the Allegheny Front that was considered America's first gateway to the west. Next along the path is the Bridget in the Narrows, Helmstetter's Curve, and the Brush Tunnel. Round out the train ride with a trip through Woodcock Hollow, The Frostburg Depot, and finally, The Turn Tables at the Frostburg Depot. Each of these locations offers unique sights and exciting photo opportunities.
This 32 mile trail trip is a great idea for a fall day trip. Take several hours to relax on the train while you enjoy the brilliant colors of Maryland's fall foliage. The scenic railroad trips also offer murdery mystery events. Throughout the season you can choose from 17 different murder mysteries, so if you want to try this several times, there will always be new mysteries to solve. For $85.00, guests will enjoy a full dinner, cash bar, and the exciting entertainment of knowing a murderer walks among them. The trip lasts approximately three and a half hours and is designed for adults only. There are group discounts available since this makes for a fantastic even to enjoy with friends and family. Many of the murder mystery scenarios are listed on the website, so you can choose the story that intrigues you most. There are holiday mysteries scheduled, but plan ahead because these often fill up fast.
Children will be thrilled with a train trip with Santa. This event is available during the holiday season and is a great way to celebrate the holidays with the kids in yor family. The three and a half mile journey includes Santa walking throughout the train, visiting with families and handing out candy canes. The trip is a great way to gear up for the holiday season. Caboose rental is also availabe and can accommodate 12 - 15 guests for a prive tour of the Cumberland railroad. Keep in mind the caboose does not offer restroom facilities or access to other trains, so you and your guests will be "roughing it'' during the ride. If you are in the mood for an old-fashioned trip through the mountains of western Maryland, check out the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.