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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09/28/2020

November Model Train Sale Canceled.
Because of the continued safety concerns with COVID-19 the HMRRM has decided to cancel the Model Train Sale which was scheduled for November 28. This is in accordance with state and local guidelines. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will advise for the next event which is scheduled for February 2021.

07/03/2020

September Model Train Sale Canceled.
Because of the continued safety concerns with COVID-19 the HMRRM has decided to cancel the Model Train Sale which was scheduled for September 12. This is in accordance with state and local guidelines. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will advise for the next event for November.

03/17/2020

*****Antietam Station Closed*******

After review of the current recommendations from the governor and the state, as well as the continued rise in Corona virus cases in the area, the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum at Antietam Station will continue to be closed to the public until further notice. All events and programs will be postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and we hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

Wow! That's a lot of candy!
02/14/2020

Wow! That's a lot of candy!

Thinking about chocolate for Valentine’s Day? It might have traveled by rail.

In 1927, the Central of Georgia Railway helped the Curtiss Candy Company deliver chocolate across the South.

Six years earlier, the company introduced the Baby Ruth. The five-cent, chocolate-covered caramel and peanut bar—in its distinctive red and white wrapper—quickly became a sales success. By 1928, it was the top-selling candy bar in the country. The company’s advertisement from the same year called the Baby Ruth “America’s favorite candy.”

Thirty-two trainloads of Baby Ruth bars were shipped in 60 days from Curtiss Candy headquarters in Chicago. The Central of Georgia hauled cars headed to the South. One special 10-car train carried 2,174,000 candy bars, at the time “the largest single shipment of confectionery ever made to southern points in the United States.”

Then and now, railroads deliver for American industry and consumers.

Today, Norfolk Southern provides premium shipping service and reliable #logistics solutions for customers. In combination with business partnerships and connections with other carriers, NS ships every product imaginable to and from any destination, linking communities and customers to the marketplaces of the world. #transportation #ValentinesDay

A must see!
01/30/2020

A must see!

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday is your last chance to enjoy Christmas at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum until next November. Enjoy the Trains of Christmas, the Polar Express, the Midwood Junction Display, O and HO scale trails, trains for kids and more! 12-4pm.

More local history!
01/30/2020

More local history!

It’s Throwback Thursday! These photographs—part of a series of images from 1951—document a day along the Harrisonburg branch of Southern Railway’s Washington division. The line ran westward from Manassas, Virginia, climbed the eastern face of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and wound its way south through the Shenandoah Valley. The trains hauled agricultural products—particularly apples and grain—along with other farm products, canned goods, timber, and limestone.

Railroaders who kept the trains rolling included:

Station agent Irene Tompkins Strother, standing at her desk in Gainesville, Virginia;

Car inspector Charles W. Allman, next to a Nickel Plate car in Harrisonburg;

And a section crew in Marshall, Virginia. Left to right, standing: Preston Bushrod, R. W. Johns, Jr., A. H. Rector, Jr., and B. N. Embrey. Seated: Hugh B. Lacy and Landon Braxton.

Then and now, the railroad is part of the journey from farm to table. Norfolk Southern trains transport food on grocery store shelves, grain for poultry and livestock farmers, and a host of other products essential to households, businesses, and industries. #transportation

01/06/2020

We also want to send a very belated THANK YOU to our vendors and patrons who helped make our Summer and Fall Model Train Sales last September and November successful events. As always, we are extremely appreciative for the support!!!

Happy New Year!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! In 1946, the Central of Georgia Magazine featured Chester D. Warner, Jr., as Baby New Year. He was “truly a Central of Georgia baby.” His grandfather, Edward W. Warner, worked as a foreman in the Stores Department in Savannah. Other family members worked for the railroad, among them his great-aunt Lillian Winkers, a chief pass clerk in Savannah; his great-uncle Alex R. Winkers, a roundhouse clerk at the Macon Shops; his aunt Elizabeth Warner, a clerk in the Car Accounting Office in Savannah; and his cousin Joan Winkers, an employee in the General Claim Office.

The Central of Georgia—a Norfolk Southern predecessor—entered the New Year of 1946 with confidence. The company’s optimistic outlook was based on “experience and past performance.” Nearly one-sixth of Central of Georgia employees (approximately 1,100 men and women) enrolled in the armed forces during World War II. These experienced personnel returned to a postwar railroad with modernized equipment and expanded facilities. This combination of manpower and machine power gave the Central the essentials necessary to provide efficient, dependable service to its customers.

Then and now, #innovation is an important part of the Norfolk Southern story. #NewYear

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
Norfolk & Western Historical Society

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.

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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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