i couldn’t find a good topic forum to stick this in, so if I’m in the wrong place ......I did try......anyways, my wife and I will be staying in Hagerstown MD for a couple days while we visit with family.....could I get some suggestions on what’s to see and do railroad wise in the area?....never stayed in that area, been through it dozens of times, but never stopped....oh and if this helps the topic forum ....where’s the train stores around there?.........thank all of you as always!................Pat
The Train Room is a must see. I see on their website they have closed their museum as of July 11 but the store is still open.
Wasn't there a RR museum at the WM roundhouse? Or is it gone?
The Hagerstown railroad museum is couple hundred yards from the train room. Check for hours. The Train Room is loaded with inventory. Great place. Twenty minutes away at 15066 Buchanan Trail East, Blue Ridge Summit, PA is Mainline Hobby Supply. Trains only and huge inventory including Lionel and MTH. You’ll find layout add on items only seen on the internet.
A little historical perspective..
Lionel was headquartered in Hagerstown for a couple of years leading up to its sale to General Mills in 1970 (i.e. the end of the Postwar Era).
Lionel’s Porter Science Sets subsidiary was located there, as well, for many decades.
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum is a must see.
Check out their web site: http://www.roundhouse.org/
They are located in the "Hub" the intersection of CSX, NS and Winchester and Western. A lot of making/breaking of trains.
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, Mainline Hobby Supply in Blue Ridge Summit Pa. If you want to watch real trains Norfolk Southern's Lurgan Branch runs through the area as well as CSX. Highfield Maryland (literally next to Blue Ridge Summit) is an interchange for the Maryland Midland Railway & CSX. Penn Mar park is on the mountain. It's just a regular park now, but it used to be an amusement park back in the early 1900s designed by the Western Maryland to get more riders. The whole area is chock full of history! There are some great books about the area. I live minutes away from Hagerstown on the Pennsylvania border.
Thank you all for your replies, we are up here in Hagerstown now....having a great time!........Pat