Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160

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Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160
Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160 is located in Maryland
Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160
Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160 is located in the US
Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160
Nearest city North Branch, Oldtown, Little Orleans and Woodmont in Maryland, and Jerome in West Virginia
Coordinates 39°37′34.3″N 78°23′10.4″W / 39.626194°N 78.386222°W / 39.626194; -78.386222Coordinates: 39°37′34.3″N 78°23′10.4″W / 39.626194°N 78.386222°W / 39.626194; -78.386222
Area 500 acres (200 ha)
Built 1903 (1903)
Built by Western Maryland Railway Co.; Penssylvania Steel Co.
NRHP Reference # 81000078[1]
Added to NRHP July 23, 1981

Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160 is a historic section of the Western Maryland Railway (WM) in Allegany County, Maryland, and in Morgan County, West Virginia. It is an abandoned 34 miles (55 km) section of the right-of-way between milepost 126 at the intersection of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O) and Long Ridge Road, Woodmont, and milepost 160 just west of Maryland Route 51, North Branch. It closely parallels the Potomac River and the C&O Canal running along the north bank of the river. Seven miles of the roadbed are in West Virginia near Paw Paw, and include three tunnels.[2]

WM completed opened the line between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland in 1906.[3] It was abandoned by the Chessie System in 1975.

The National Park Service acquired the roadbed in 1980 for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.[4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[1] Towns it is listed in include North Branch, Oldtown, Little Orleans and Woodmont, Maryland, and Jerome, West Virginia.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Western Maryland Railway Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160 (Abandoned)" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service. July 23, 1981. 
  3. ^ "Western Maryland Line Open". The Railway Age. Chicago: Railway Age Co. 41 (6): 224. February 9, 1906. 
  4. ^ Barry Mackintosh (March 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Western Maryland Railroad Right-of-Way, Milepost 126 to Milepost 160" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 

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