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The C&O Locomotive 1309 rides again

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For many years you had made the trip to the B & O Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. You have walked by their huge collection of locomotives from steam to diesel. You see their rail stock of cabooses and box cars and so many other things. You make that one trip, and you notice something missing. You cannot find the Chesapeake and Ohio Locomotive 1309. Was it stolen from the museum? Nope.
It is on its way to Cumberland, Maryland. Why? A very special restoration process is going to be done to the locomotive. Now you are asking why the restoration could not be done at the museum. Well, the locomotive was only on display at the museum. In Cumberland, Maryland, it is being restored to operating condition. Yes, you read correctly. It is being restored to operating condition so that it can run excursions for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Locomotive 1309 was built the Baldwin Locomotive Works and was originally used to haul coal in West Virginia. It was retired 1956 and was brought to the B & O Museum in 1972. It will soon be brought out of retirement to ride the rails again. This time, it will be hauling people instead of coal. Once the restoration is complete, you will hear the whistle and see the steam that many heard years before.
You can read more about the C & O Locomotive 1309 transfer at the B & O Museum website at www.borail.org and on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Foundation website at www.movingfullsteamahead.com.
Dave Shackleford, the curator at the B & O Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, is the main contributor to this article and has made all of this information possible. The B & O Museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute and is dedicated to railroad preservation. The museum is located at 901 West Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland, 21223 just minutes from downtown and the Inner Harbor.

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