Western Maryland Railway

Western Maryland Railway (HM2JU)

Location: Meyersdale, PA 15552 Somerset County
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N 39° 48.995', W 79° 1.264'

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The Connellsville Extension from Cumberland

Financier George Gould purchased the Western Maryland as part of a transcontinental railroad scheme that would stretch from Baltimore to San Francisco. Gould extended the WM west to Cumberland, but went bankrupt, and his grand dream died. New management opened the Connellsville Extension in 1912 to connect with the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, and to move traffic to the eastern seaboard.

Construction of the 86-mile line cost nearly 12 million dollars and used the latest technology of the day, which included concrete, steel, dynamite, compressed air, and electricity.

The double-tracked Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which ran parallel to the WM, gained control of it in the 1920s. But because of legal considerations the WM remained independent. Eventually the Chessie System controlled the line, and abandoned it in 1975.
HM NumberHM2JU
Placed ByGreat Allegheny Passage
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 12:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 669378 N 4409273
Decimal Degrees39.81658333, -79.02106667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.995', W 79° 1.264'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 59.70" N, 79° 1' 15.84" W
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Area Code(s)814
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 Great Allegheny Passage, Meyersdale PA 15552, US
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