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ABOVE: Heading east to Sand Patch, a coal train led by GE AC4400CW No. 514 is ready to drop its helper at the summit on its journey through the Keystone Subdivision. LEFT: Rod- dy’s Sag is an anomaly that has to be seen to be appreciated as an EMD SD70MAC pulls hard to get its train up the opposite side of this marked depression. This eastbound will cross Wills Creek again at Milepost 203. STAN TRZONIEC PHOTOS


week filled with a potpourri of assorted mixed freights, coal and grain trains, auto racks, intermodal, and the twice- a-day Amtrak’s Capitol Limited. As an added plus, you’ll get an occasional coal drag off the Salisbury branch located between Sand Patch and Meyersdale; to make it more interesting, a caboose is parked here to aid in the backward movement of the train to the mine. Aside from Amtrak, there seems to be no set


schedule from either the East or West Slope, but trains are required to call out signal aspects and locations on the radio. To start the journey uphill, trains


group in Cumberland for the trip west. In all honesty, there seems to be no rhythm to any day or time; it seems only to be a simple matter of making up a train and heading out. A huge classifica- tion yard and primary engine terminal fill the valley east of town, and for the


first 2.5 miles east trains are traveling on the old Cumberland & Pennsylvania right-of-way past Viaduct Junction (and the ND Tower site), along Wills Creek, and around the gentle curves at Eck- hart Junction. Those looking to observe motive power or photograph this part of the line will usually find trains waiting at the “Bud Board” (nothing more than a billboard advertising Budweiser beer) within the confines of the famous Nar- rows (where the B&O, old U.S. 40, Wills Creek, and the former Western Mary- land pass through a tight mountain gap) not far west of the Cumberland yard. From here, the elevation is gentle,


the curves easy. Westbound trains pass Mount Savage Junction as the tracks parallel Route 36 towards Corriganville,


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