WMSR #1309 Old Fashioned Smoke Display
WMSR #1309 is back on the rails after 65 years!
After a long hibernation on static display at the B&O Railroad Museum, the original #1309 articulated locomotive was purchased by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in 1972. The restoration was completed and the now rebranded WMSR #1309 entered excursion service in December of 2021.
WMSR #1309 is a powerful articulated compound steam locomotive and was the last steam locomotive ever built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.
During her working days for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, the #1309 locomotive was ordered to pull heavy coal trains in the mountains if West Virginia.
Quick Facts about Western Maryland’s #1309
- Rail Line:Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
- Driver diameters:. 56 inches
- Power type: 2-6-6-2 Steam Locomotive Class H-6 Mallet type
- Builder: Baldwin Locomotives Works 1949
- Fuel:soft Coal 15 short tons
- Locomotive weight: 434,900 lbs
- Wheel arragement: Chesapeake
Let us know if you have had the opportunity to see this beast in action. We would love to hear about your experience.