On the Western Maryland's climb out of Cumberland a major landmark was the 180-degree bend nicknamed "Helmstetter's Curve" after the owner of the farm that lies inside the railroad's path. Preserved as part of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, trains still ply the curve. Here we see WMSR #734, aka "Mountain Thunder" as she assaults the curve under a mostly clean stack with a photo freight.
The WMSR has been through a tough stretch in recent months as the 734 has been down for inspection and rebuilding and the ride has been truncated due to landslides further up the track. But the slides have been fixed and massive 2-6-6-2 C&O 1309 is getting ready to emerge from the shop, so hopefully better times lie ahead.
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