Echoes Of "All Aboard!"

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

Artist's Description

The Western Maryland Railway Station is part of “Canal Place” in Cumberland, Maryland, USA. The historic location has been wonderfully restored to preserve the rich heritage of times past. This station is located at the very point where the C&O Canal ends. The canal was used to transport mail, coal and goods all the way between Washington, DC and Cumberland, and trains provided distribution to points farther west.

This site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Reference # 73000885.

The Cumberland and Pennsylvania (C&P) and B&O and railroads were very important additions to the transportation system in the mid 1800s. The railroads eventually replaced the need for the C&O Canal completely. The railroads continued on to Ohio and beyond, but the canal was never extended beyond Cumberland. The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad still operates tourist train excursions between Cumberland and Frostburg, MD.

The dark history of the competing railroad lines and the C&O Canal is truly quite fascinating. The historic details and stories are kept vividly alive at Canal Place National Park, in Cumberland, Maryland, for all who are interested. This railway station is an integral part of the large National Park complex.

The official website for the Western Maryland Railway Station at Canal Place contains the following:

Originally opened in July 1913, this grand terminal rivaled stations in larger cities. The Station remained in use as a passenger terminal until 1958, serving the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Western Maryland Railway. Under the care of the Western Maryland Station Center, Inc., and subsequently the Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority, the building underwent a series of renovations, completed in 2000. The Station now houses the Authority’s offices as well as several other offices, visitor services, and attractions.

The official website for Canal Place contains the following:

In 1993 the State of Maryland created the Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority to oversee the preservation, development, and management of the Canal Place Preservation District, a designated area within the City of Cumberland surrounding the western end of the C&O Canal.

This photo was taken on July 11th, 2009, with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L zoom lens, set to the 31mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/180th sec. at f/8. The camera’s ISO was set to 200. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a remote shutter release cable.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

All copyright and reproduction rights are retained by the artist. Artwork may not be reproduced or altered by any process without the express written permission of the artist.

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