Old 06-15-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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Press Release
Western Maryland Steam Train unable to attend
June 15, 2010

For Immediate release

The West Virginia Rails 2010 committee would like to announce that steam locomotive no. 734 will not be able to attend the 100 year celebration of trains in Petersburg, WV. CSX railroad of Jacksonville, FL has declined to move the locomotive 10 miles to the South Branch Railroad from Cumberland, MD. After receiving tentative approval the first part of April, a decision was made that the steam locomotive can not be shipped on CSX rails.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will be sending GP-30 diesel locomotive in place of the steam locomotive. Passengers scheduled to ride behind no. 734 will be treated to an excursion behind vintage 1952 built streamlined Baltimore and Ohio diesel locomotive no. 722. Those passengers will also receive a voucher to be redeemed by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland, MD for a ride behind the no. 734 at no additional charge.

The West Virginia Rails 2010 committee is disappointed by the decision of CSX but is committed to holding a great event in Petersburg, WV on June 25-27, 2010. The first steam locomotive, no. 17 will be arriving June 18th to Petersburg, WV from North Carolina. Steam locomotive no. 75 will arrive June 23 from Scranton, PA. The rest of the locomotives will arrive June 24.


This is likely due to a new ban on "special moves" by CSX in relation to the TRRA fiasco (see bleow) in which older equipment derailed due to improper handling of equipment that did not have the latest coupler technology. Those who have signed up for the pre-event charter with Lerro Productions should be receiving e-mails shortly. Both the charter and the Rail Fest event will proceed. This is a gem of a line with spectacular scenery and an abundance of nostalgic equipment including the new B&O F unit, a C&O F unit, a Chessie unit and more, as well as a few visiting steam engines for Rail Fest over the weekend. Come out and have a great time and help support these events and the efforts of those who put a considerable amount of time and effort into them. High attendance not only guarantees a good time, but provides the motivation for continued efforts for future such events.



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