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Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, Hagerstown, Maryland

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Take a drive on U.S. 11 through Hagerstown, Maryland, and you will come upon the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. It is at the site of the Hagerstown Roundhouse that was used to store and repair rail cars and locomotives for the Western Maryland Railway. This museum was erected in 1988 to preserve the memory of this roundhouse as well as the railroad heritage of Hagerstown. Unfortunately, the roundhouse was torn down in 1999.
As you get out of your car, you can see the Western Maryland 132 next to you followed by the 1859 and 1863 Western Maryland cabooses. You see the old 168 streetcar next to the museum. You enter the building. You pay your admission. You begin downstairs walking through the artifacts from the Western Maryland Railway to include old signals, log books, the bell from Engine 1408 and other items. Then you go upstairs. You see two model train displays. The one layout is set up with a replica of the old roundhouse you where can see what it looked like back in the day. You walk around and notice other sites like the train station in Point of Rocks. There is a display for kids to operate.
The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum is located at 300 S. Burhans Boulevard (U.S. 11) near the center of the city. It is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm all year round. Admission is only $5.00 for adults. Go to www.roundhouse.org to learn more about the history, events, and how you can become a member.

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