Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum

Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum The Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum (HMRRM) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1937 and is active in promoting the hobby to the general public.
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Don't miss this!
12/18/2019

Don't miss this!

Experience the magic of the holiday season with Christmas at the Roundhouse, featuring the Trains of Christmas. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum features O and HO scale layouts, the Polar Express, railroad artifacts, a gift shop and trains for kids!

OOH! Something to look forward too! Must check this out!
11/26/2019

OOH! Something to look forward too! Must check this out!

Working on setting up here for a display in the month of December.

OOOH! Look at this! Some local connection!
11/15/2019

OOOH! Look at this! Some local connection!

On November 14, 1955, the Norfolk & Western Railway inaugurated piggyback service between Bristol and the northeast. That afternoon, 16 motor truck trailers on eight flat cars moved out of Bristol on N&W Train No. 88. “The first piggy-backers,” the Bristol Herald Courier reported, “are ready to roll.” The train picked up six more trailers in Roanoke, then headed north to Hagerstown, Maryland.

The Norfolk & Western worked in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Railroad on the first joint line piggyback service offered to motor common carriers in the South. This early intermodal service—called TrucTrain—was a progressive step to improve efficiency and diversify traffic.

The average time for loading and tying down a trailer was less than six minutes. Equipment used in securing the cargo (shown in today’s photograph) travelled with each 75-foot flat car. The side curbs were used both as guides to loaders and as tie-down anchors.

In 1960, N&W launched piggyback service from Norfolk to the Midwest. The first trailer contained canned Dole pineapple.

#Innovation has long been an important part of the railroad. Behind every Norfolk Southern train is an extensive network of track and terminals, a fleet of sophisticated locomotives and freight cars, and a team of dedicated employees who work around the clock to provide safe and reliable rail #transportation. #throwbackthursday

Hey history buffs! Coming this Thursday evening, Oct. 17, at 7:00 pm, our historian will be at the Sharpsburg Library to...
10/13/2019
Antietam Railroad Station and Underpass (SHA) | Washington County Free Library

Hey history buffs! Coming this Thursday evening, Oct. 17, at 7:00 pm, our historian will be at the Sharpsburg Library to present a talk and photos about railroad history in the area. See below for more information and check out their website here: https://wcfl.librarymarket.com/node/3056

Presented by local railroad historian, Rick Morrison. Rick will share approximately 50 images of the station, railroad and construction of the 34 underpass. He will also discuss how the railroad came so close to Sharpsburg and what was shipped to and from the station.

check this out!!
10/13/2019

check this out!!

09/02/2019

Mark your calendars! The Model Train Sale is this Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Ag Center. Hope to see you there!

History!
08/01/2019

History!

It’s Throwback Thursday!

It was a busy day in Atkins—a town about 50 miles east of Bristol, in southwest Virginia—when this photograph was taken in 1894.

Bill Blackard, the conductor of engine 81, was a blurry image near the center of the scene. Mr. Thomas, who stood nearby with a pile of newspapers under his arm, was a news butcher—a vendor who sold newspapers and candy on a train. Hoover Dreasy was the locomotive’s fireman.

Commerce and industry expanded in southwest Virginia after the opening of the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad in 1849. Railroads rushed to carry resources from the western frontier to the east coast, where shipping points and manufacturing centers were located. Smyth County’s industries included salt works, iron works, and gristmills. Residents in Atkins processed lumber and manufactured furniture, while local farmers grew crops including rutabagas and cabbages. By 1881, Norfolk & Western owned the line, and the era of freight transportation was underway.

Then and now, railroads provide economic opportunities, stimulate the development of communities, and tie the country together. Norfolk Southern trains transport the nation’s goods to businesses and communities across our 19,500-mile rail network, passing through small towns, big cities, and everywhere in between. #throwback

This is a neat story!
07/06/2019

This is a neat story!

Did you know that Col. Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was a railroader? On this National Fried Chicken Day, we give a shout out to Sanders who signed on as a blacksmith’s helper for the Southern Railway at age seventeen; worked as a fireman stoking steam engines with coal; and repaired track as a section hand.

Before he opened his first restaurant in 1930, Sanders had worked for the Northern Alabama Railroad, the Norfolk and Western Railway, the Illinois Central Railroad, the Rock Island Railroad, and the Pennsylvania Railroad. On this 1972 excursion trip, the Colonel helped to fire the steam engine from Huntsville, Alabama, to Decatur, Georgia, and then joined the passengers for the remainder of the trip, signing autographs and telling stories about the time he was aboard a runaway train.

The railroad likewise played a part in the Colonel’s early business plan—his wife, Claudia, remembered how restaurants in other states would phone in orders for chicken. She would package the food and take it to the train station, often late at night, for the next train out. #History #DYK KFC

Norfolk Southern Corp
06/20/2019

Norfolk Southern Corp

It’s Throwback Thursday! A yard crew in Bluefield, West Virginia, stopped in 1906 to pose for a photograph with Norfolk & Western locomotive #806. Pictured (from left) are yard conductor William Doak; yard engineer Eggleston Price; yard fireman William Neal; and yard brakemen John R. Price, John H. Bowling, and William J. Schoonover.

At 2,750 feet above sea level, Bluefield was the highest point on the N&W main line. The Norfolk and Western Magazine described the natural gravity yard as “modern and complete in every detail . . . one of the most up-to-date freight handling plants in the United States.”

Then and now, #innovation is an important part of the Norfolk Southern story. NS has served the freight transportation needs of America for nearly two centuries—creating jobs, supporting economies, and transporting goods on safe, environmentally friendly rail.

To learn more about what Norfolk Southern moves by rail in the Mountain State, visit

http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/about-ns/ns-state-facts/west-virginia-statefacts.html

Norfolk & Western Historical Society #tbt #history

This is a must see! Visited this little gem a few weeks ago and learned a lot about the trolley and local history. Make ...
06/20/2019

This is a must see! Visited this little gem a few weeks ago and learned a lot about the trolley and local history. Make it a destination this weekend!

The Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum 1902-1938, located at 220 N. Main St., Boonsboro, MD, will be open to visitors on Sunday, June 23rd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come and discover this restored Trolley Station, used for passengers and freight, is a part of Boonsboro’s rich heritage. http://boonsborohistoricalsociety.org/trolley-museum/

That's a big locomotive!
05/29/2019

That's a big locomotive!

On May 28, 1946, Robert H. Smith became Norfolk & Western’s seventh president.

Smith and his management team supported an experimental new type of coal-burning, steam turbine, electric drive locomotive. The N&W received a prototype turbine engine from the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation in 1954.

The engine—numbered 2300—was 106 feet long (plus a 55-foot water tender), carried 20 tons of coal in a large bunker at the front, used a reaction turbine to drive DC generators, and weighed 1 million pounds with tender. Today’s photograph shows the turbine engine next to a J class locomotive.

Steam turbines like N&W’s No. 2300 could pull heavy trains economically, but they were also expensive to purchase and maintain. Despite Smith’s support for steam and interest in experimentation, N&W began ordering diesels in 1955 and retired No. 2300 in 1957. #todayinhistory
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05/26/2019
Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611

Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611

The Norfolk & Western Class J 611 doing what she does best. Virginia Museum of Transportation (Video courtesy of Joshua Crews.)

05/23/2019
Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611

Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611

The Norfolk & Western Class J 611 is the most powerful steam passenger locomotive ever built. She's a combination of beauty, power, and superb mechanical engineering.

05/05/2019
The Steam Channel

Awesome!

Big Boy #4014 rolls out of the UP shop under his own power for the first time in 50+ years. Shared via Jacob Narup

04/24/2019
Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611

Nice!

The Norfolk & Western Class J 611 doing what she does best. Virginia Museum of Transportation (Video courtesy of Joshua Crews.)

04/16/2019
Steamtown National Historic Site

Check this out!

Our Baldwin no. 26 steam engine, also known as "Chugga," was on the move after some adjustments. Engineer Chris LaBar is at the throttle for this short trip. Conductor is Bruce Mowbray, and our acting superintendent Rob Parrish is on for a ride in the cab. NPS Video, Tim O'Malley

Looking good!
04/06/2019

Looking good!

Getting set up for this train show this weekend

A little local history.
04/05/2019

A little local history.

It’s Throwback Thursday! Boyce, Virginia, was founded in 1880 at the intersection of the Millwood-Winchester Turnpike and the newly-built Shenandoah Valley Railroad. The town became a major commercial center and shipping point for local farmers in Clarke County.

The Norfolk & Western acquired the Shenandoah Valley Railroad in 1890 and replaced the town’s depot in 1913 with “a handsome railroad station” — seen here in the 1920s — that had running water, a Western Union telegraph office, and a Railway Express Agency.

Then and now, railroads provide economic opportunities, stimulate the development of communities, and tie the country together. Norfolk Southern has served the freight transportation needs of America for nearly two centuries, connecting businesses and communities to the marketplaces of the world — creating jobs, supporting economies, and transporting goods on safe, environmentally friendly rail. #history #throwbackthursday #tbt

Modelers! Looking for some tips? Be sure to come to this clinic just for model railroaders! We will have a table at the ...
03/23/2019

Modelers! Looking for some tips? Be sure to come to this clinic just for model railroaders! We will have a table at the event, so come and visit us while you are there!

Be sure and mark your calendar for April 13, 2019. Once again the South Mountain Division of the NMRA is presenting Clinics Day. Last year they had over 2 dozen helpful "How to Clinics", on everything from upgrading rolling stock, to casting and coloring rocks. So I believe this year will be even better. Come check it out for yourself, bring a friend. Admission is FREE. For more details from this link to the SMD page - https://smdnmra.org/blog/?author=1
Doors OPEN at 9:00 am, clinics end at 1:00 pm, formal presentations start at 1:00 pm, doors close at 4:00 pm. Also everything in the store has an additional 10% OFF the marked price for this day only.

What a neat story!
03/15/2019

What a neat story!

Happy 107th Birthday to the Girl Scouts!

In June 1953, thirty-seven Roanoke, Virginia, Girl Scouts from three troops traveled to New York City in a special Norfolk & Western coach. Pictured here are two of the group’s chaperones, Beatrice Bell and Clara E. Jackson. Ready to board the train and earn their Girl Scout travel badges were Georgia Ann Jackson, daughter of Harold J. Jackson, a machinist in the Wheel Shop; Bette Lee Ferguson, daughter of Clarence N. Ferguson, a clerk in the Purchasing Department; Patty Bower, daughter of Noel Bower, a machinist at the Railway Express Agency; Ruth Tinsley, daughter of Brodie Tinsley, a watchman at the Roanoke Terminal, and Linda Belle Rader, daughter of N&W photographer Frank Rader.

The #GirlScouts earned money for the trip by mowing lawns—and by selling cookies.
Norfolk & Western Historical Society

Last week, the HMRRM hosted its annual Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge class at Antietam Station. The Scouts worked ha...
03/14/2019

Last week, the HMRRM hosted its annual Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge class at Antietam Station. The Scouts worked hard and did a wonderful job earning their badges!

Sorry folks! Been having computer problems all week so I am very late in writing this post! We had a very successful mod...
02/17/2019

Sorry folks! Been having computer problems all week so I am very late in writing this post!

We had a very successful model train sale last week with one of the largest turn outs ever! Thank you so much to all our wonderful vendors and patrons who make this event possible! Then HMRRM truly appreciates everyone's support!

Don't miss this event!
01/21/2019

Don't miss this event!

Open House Canceled for Sunday. Because of the forecast of icy conditions Sunday, January 20, we have decided to cancel ...
01/17/2019

Open House Canceled for Sunday. Because of the forecast of icy conditions Sunday, January 20, we have decided to cancel the Open House scheduled for that day. We want everyone to be safe and not risk traveling in potentially dangerous weather. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will monitor weather conditions for the following week. Thank you!

Amazing engineers!
01/15/2019

Amazing engineers!

Today is #NationalHatDay.
Top photo: N&W engineer Ottie R. Jewell wears the hat in this 1943 photo, taken at Roanoke Terminal. A native of Shawsville, Va., Jewell worked for the railroad for 50 years, beginning his career in 1907 as a trackman. He worked in the signal department and as a fireman before being promoted to locomotive engineer. He served in that capacity until his retirement, with the exception of his World War I military service.

Bottom photo: Locomotive engineer Danny Burgess, wearing one of his favorite hats, at Portlock Yard in Chesapeake, Va. Danny, a 3rd generation railroader, will reach 30 years of service in March of this year.

Norfolk Southern is proud of and thankful for its employees, whatever hat they wear. Behind every NS train is a team of dedicated employees who work around the clock to provide safe and reliable rail transportation. #teamwork

Wow! Thank you Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau for the share!!!
01/10/2019

Wow! Thank you Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau for the share!!!

The Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum will have model train layouts on display Sundays throughout the month of January at the historic Antietam Station from 1-5pm. Learn about the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the station and see new museum displays. Donations are welcomed. http://ow.ly/vM9N30nfKm0

Now that is how you unload a car!
01/04/2019

Now that is how you unload a car!

It’s Throwback Thursday! This 1949 photograph shows Central of Georgia freight car No. 40106, loaded with grain, being picked up and dumped by a Link-Belt Car Unloader at the Port of Houston. A large steel hopper caught the grain as it spilled through the door. A “new concept for mechanically unloading grain and other bulk materials from boxcars,” the unloader handled as many as ten cars an hour. Seventy years ago, this image appeared in several publications, including Central of Georgia Magazine and Popular Mechanics.

Then and now, innovation is at the forefront of the rail industry. Behind every Norfolk Southern train is an extensive network of track and terminals, a fleet of sophisticated locomotives and freight cars, and a team of dedicated employees who work around the clock to provide safe and reliable rail #transportation. #tbt

Now that is a way to travel!
12/28/2018

Now that is a way to travel!

Are you traveling for the holidays? This traveling party explored Norfolk & Western’s Ohio Extension in 1891 and stopped for a photograph. Some people are carrying umbrellas, and there are picnic baskets along for the trip. While not everyone in the photograph is identified, the image includes sisters Rachel and Helen Hutchison, Phillip Goodwill (general manager of the Goodwill Coal and Coke Company), Col. J. S. Browning, and Judge Benjamin Keller and his wife, Mercy.

On September 23, 1892, the Ohio Extension between Kenova and Elkhorn was joined at Rawl, West Virginia. The project involved 5,000 workers and took two years to complete. Once the extension was finished, the Norfolk & Western Railway was connected to the Pocahontas coal fields.

Here’s to safe holiday travels for all. With nearly two centuries of service, safety at Norfolk Southern remains our highest priority. NS trains transport the nation’s goods to businesses and communities across our 19,500-mile rail network, passing through small towns, big cities, and everywhere in between. No matter where we travel, NS works around the clock to deliver a better and safer future. #TBT #ThrowbackThursday
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17230 Shepherdstown Pike
Sharpsburg, MD
21782

General information

After the Battle of Antietam in 1862,people who wanted to look for survivors or claim the bodies of loved ones had to travel by train to Hagerstown or Keedysville and then by horse and buggy to Sharpsburg. Thus began a constant stream of visitors that has not even stopped today. Veterans and families of casualties seem especially drawn to the area and began to gather every year at the end of May on decoration day to reminisce and decorate the graves of soldiers. In 1868 decoration day was celebrated with a parade in Sharpsburg which continues to this day every memorial day weekend. In 1877, the veterans cemetery came under ownership of the federal Government, becoming one of the first National cemeteries to honor our nation's war dead. The Shenandoah Valley Railroad was just coming through on its way to Hagerstown and a small frame site was built near the site of the present station. Shortly afterward, slate curbing and wide walkways were built along along either side of what is now called Sheperdstown Pike or Maryland route 34 from the Station, through Sharpsburg, to the cemetery. Norway maples were planted along both sides of the road to shade the veterans as they walked, and some of those trees still stand today. The railroad was a boom to the local economy. Not only did it allow travel directly to and from Sharpsburg, it allowed farmers to send produce and livestock more easily by rail, and it delivered mail and goods to local storekeepers. The station stood until 1910 when it was destroyed by fire. The Norfolk and Western railroad, which had earlier acquired the Shenandoah Valley railroad, then built the more commodious current station in 1911to accommodate the extra visitors to the area, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. One can easily picture the station full of activity as each train pulled up. Men unloading freight, rolling barrels over to waiting wagons, people kissing goodbye, and many survivors from the battle meeting and embracing other survivors as they make there way down to the sacred battleground and to later pay respects to there fallen comrades at the National Commentary. Veterans continued to return for reunions into the 1930's. There was a huge 75th anniversary celebration and reenactment in 1937 attended by President Roosevelt, and certainly many attendees arrived by train. Unfortunately our country's love of cars caused the decline of passenger rail use by the 50's. By 1962 when thousands journey to the area to observe the centennial, the station had been sold to a private individual. In 1992 the station was saved from demolition due to the efforts of 'Save the Historic Antietam Foundation of Washington County, the MHT, and various entities. It was turned over to the town of Sharpsburg in 1997 who leased it long term to the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum.

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