Md. Scenic Railroad Acquiring 2nd Steam Locomotive

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad says it’s acquiring a 65-year-old steam locomotive from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

Spokeswoman Jody Shaw said Wednesday that Baldwin locomotive No. 1309 will be restored and operated by the scenic railroad.

She says the locomotive is more powerful than the railroad’s 1916 Baldwin steam engine. That engine needs a diesel locomotive added to pull trains of eight or more cars.

Shaw says the newer locomotive won’t need a diesel assist. She says the railroad aims to link both steam locomotives to trains for special events.

The newer locomotive was built in 1949. Shaw says it was the last commercially built steam engine made by the Philadelphia-based Baldwin Locomotive Works for use by a railroad in the United States.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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