In an earlier We Are Railfans article we looked at the fantastic legacy left by legendary railfan Roger Puta. In this one, we take a closer look at one specific location of the many hundreds that Roger photographed during his life. Cumberland, Maryland forms one end of the intimidating Sand Patch Grade which runs up through into Pennsylvania and the Allegheny Mountains. Roger photographed all of these services during 1969, allowing us to see a snapshot of the history of this line, which was completed in mid 19th century. Today the route sees CSX action along with the occasional Amtrak service in the Capitol Limited.
Though these images are in the public domain, courtesy of Mel Finzer, use is under the condition that they are correctly attributed to him and in each caption, we have linked to the source, which is Marty Bernard's Flickr account.
An overview of the Class 166 DMU as it enters 30 years of service across a number of routes.
Heritage railways provide the venues for most of today's 8F and Jubilee steam action.