You are driving along, and you come to the Town of Union Bridge in the northern part of the state of Maryland. You see the old houses along the main street. You come upon the railroad crossing, and you see a red brick Greek style train depot. You think about the time when the passenger trains came along to pick up and discharge passengers, but you just see a lonely old train depot next to the tracks.
Well, it is an old train station, but it is not a lonely station. Instead of passengers waiting for the train, you see railroad historians.
Welcome to the Western Maryland Railway Museum. You go inside, and you see artifacts and memorabilia from the Western Maryland Railway to include photos from various places along the railway, old caller boards and a CTC panel. In the basement, you will see a model train display of the various locations along the Western Maryland routes. Everything you need to know about this railroad will be found in this museum.
The Western Maryland Railway Museum is owned and operated by the Western Maryland Railway Society and is totally run by volunteers, and they are one of the few to run their own museum. It is located at 41 N. Main Street (Maryland Route 75) in the town of Union Bridge, Maryland. It is open every Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Along with the museum, they are also at various model train shows in the region. You can learn more about the museum, the history of the railroad and the organization at www.westernmarylandrhs.com.