Maryland Midland Railway
|Maryland Midland Railway|
|Locale||Carroll and Frederick Counties, Maryland|
|Dates of operation||1980–|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)|
|Length||63 mi. (currently in service), 74 mi. total|
|Headquarters||Union Bridge, Maryland|
The Maryland Midland Railway (reporting mark MMID) is a Class III short-line railroad operating about 63 miles of track in central Maryland. It was originally headquartered in the former Western Maryland Railway station in Union Bridge, Maryland, however it is now located in a new facility across the street from the old station. The railroad has been 87.4% owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc since 2008, with Lehigh Cement (the largest shipper on the line) retaining a 12.6% interest.
The railway currently operates on track from Highfield, Maryland (west) to Glyndon, Maryland (east), via a short two mile loop through Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and from Woodsboro, Maryland (south) to Taneytown, Maryland (north).
Operations began in 1980 over a section of ex-Pennsylvania Railroad's Frederick Secondary line from Taneytown to Walkersville, Maryland. Starting in 1983 the ex-Western Maryland Railway line from Emory Grove to Highfield was purchased from CSXT in sections.
In late 1993, the company proposed a plan to rejuvenate the section of the Frederick Secondary from Taneytown to York, Pennsylvania that had been abandoned for the past ten years. The plan would have enabled to the company to expand its markets to Pennsylvania and would have provided a connection to Conrail's rail network. The plan proved to be too costly when landowners along the proposed route of rail reconstruction demanded excessive prices and construction never began.
The railroad's business grew from trains pulling 200 freight cars per year in the 1980s to 18,000 freight cars in 2006. By 2006, it owned a fleet of ten locomotives; three GP9 low hoods, and seven GP38-3, all of EMD build. Its rolling stock also included 410 freight cars owned and/or leased.
In 2008, the railroad was purchased by Genesee & Wyoming, a US-based corporation that owns multiple railroad shortlines in the United States and Australia.
Passenger excursion line
From 1990 to 1995, the EnterTRAINment Line provided passenger excursions on the Maryland Midland Railway system. This service was discontinued when EnterTRAINment went out of business in May 1995. More recently, Maryland Midland has been a freight-only line, except for occasional trips by stockholders and the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum, located in an adjoining building in Union Bridge.
Maryland Midland Railway connects with CSX Transportation (CSXT) at two points:
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