Hagerstown, Maryland is a city located in the western part of the state. Nicknamed the ‘Hub City’, it is a crossroads for the highways and for the railroads. Near the center of the city is ‘City Park’. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful city parks in America which includes a fountain, the Hager House and Museum which is the home of the city’s founder, a band shell for concerts, the Mansion House Arts Center, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and, most important to those who love trains, the Hagerstown Railroad Museum.
As you enter through the gate, you will see Number 202 from the Western Maryland Railway. This locomotive has a special home here as it served the city for many years. There are also two old cabooses of which you can climb into and see what it was like to be in a caboose. There are also a few old railroad signals. Inside, you will see a model train display and an old hand car, two maintenance cars, an old waiting bench, old track switches plus much memorabilia from the trains that passed through the city.
The Hagerstown Railroad Museum is located 525 Highland Way inside the City Park of Hagerstown, Maryland. It is a short walk from Mansion House Arts Center. Parking is available at the museum. It is open Fridays and Saturdays only from mid-April to October between 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for those 62 and up, $1.00 for those 6 to 12 with those under six free. Although most of the museum is handicap accessible, the cabooses and Number 202 is not handicap accessible. You can get more information about the museum and upcoming events at https://www.hagerstownmd.org/310/City-Park-Train-Hub.
The next time you are approaching Hagerstown, Maryland, do not drive by. Stop in. Enjoy the ‘City Park’ and visit the Hagerstown Railroad Museum.