Western Maryland Railways Mainline To The Mountains by Francis Tortoro Jr. Photo

Western Maryland Railways Mainline To The Mountains by Francis Tortoro Jr. Photo

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Western Maryland Railways Mainline To The Mountains by Francis Tortoro Jr. Photo
 
Western Maryland Railways Mainline To The Mountains by Francis Tortoro Jr. 1994
A Photographic Record of A Decade of Change Through Thurmont, Maryland
51 Pages  Soft Cover  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Having lived within sight of the Western Maryland mainline through Thurmont, Md. all my life, the daily passage of its many fast freights and locals were a common occurrence. Born two years after the demise of the Western Maryland's steam era, it wasn't until the early 1970's that I began to acquire an interest in the WM's diverse motive power, and though I knew not then what models they were, by far my favorite were its F-units due to their sleek, streamlined appearance.
Though not an active rail-fan to the degree of being constantly trackside, chasing trains or riding excursions, I find much pleasure relaxing with a rail pictorial and reliving the days of those Fallen Flags of yesteryear which have for us been forever preserved on film by photographers with the foresight to record those days so that future generations may share with them the glory of railroading as it once was.
Employed at Gateway Printing in Thurmont, Md. since 1990, learning how to layout small guides and brochures enabled me to likewise prepare my own material for publication. While the photographs herein were obtained by the most modest of means, it is hoped that they will represent a valuable and permanent historical record in the depiction of an important period within Thurmont, Maryland's over a century of railway heritage, and provide present as well as future citizens of our community a brief look back at a decade of change for the Western Maryland Railway's Mainline To The Mountains.
CONTENTS
Introduction 4
Chapter I Prelude To The Present 5
Chapter II 1983--The Year Of Transition 7
Chapter III 1984-1993: A Decade Of Change17
Chapter IV 1993 And Beyond34
Additional Reading48
Map Of Thurmont, Maryland51

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