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Hagerstown Railroad Museums Offer Railroad Heritage Days Events

Hagerstown Railroad Museums Offer Railroad Heritage Days Events

The Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park and The Hagerstown Round House Museum invites you to come and experience the 20th Anniversary Railroad Heritage Days Saturday June 6, 2009 from 11am to 5pm and Sunday June 7, 2009 from 12pm to 5pm - a fun-filled and unique celebration of our area's rich railroading past.
Visitors can board a trolley shuttle for a nominal fee and take a ride between the two museums in order to participate in all of the wide variety of exciting family events. On Saturday, the Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park will offer kids of all ages barrel cart rides from 1 to 4pm. On Sunday, plan to meet Railroading author Dwight Jones for a talk about cabooses and autographs his various books. Folks will also have the opportunity to step into the cab of the 1912 Western Maryland Locomotive 202 as well as walk through two cabooses and explore the fantastic collection of Western Maryland memorabilia and other special displays.
According to John Bryan, Historic Sites Facilitator for the City of Hagerstown, "The arrival of the Railroad to our area in 1834 spurred the growth of Hagerstown into the city we know today. As many know, the nickname for our town is the "Hub City", which comes from the railroad lines running into to Hagerstown looking like the spokes of a wagon wheel on a map. Railroad Heritage Days is an excellent opportunity for guests of all ages to learn about how important the Railroad has been to this area and to haves some fun!"
The volunteers at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum began the Railroad Heritage Days festival nearly two decades ago to "keep the spirit of Railroading alive in Hagerstown and to increase the awareness of our area's vast local Railroading history," said Bill Knode, Treasurer and charter member of the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. The Roundhouse museum will feature numerous rail-themed displays including the very popular "Trains of Christmas" layout, a display of Military and Fire equipment, model trains to run, a Sunday performance of Railroad Songs & Stories at 1:30 and 3pm and free ice cream for everyone. This year, the Roundhouse Museum will also offer a Thomas the Tank Trackless Train Ride and a 10% discount on all gift shop purchases during the festival.
Admission to the Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park and the Heritage Days activities are free. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum has a nominal admission charge of $4.00 for adults and 75 cents for children 12 and under. To board the trolley riders must purchase a ticket to ride for $4.00, which will pay their entrance fee into the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.
The Hagerstown Railroad Museum is located at 525 Highland Way, opposite the Mansion House Art Center in Hagerstown City Park for more information please call 301-739-8393, e-mail jbryan@hagerstownmd.org or visit www.hagerstownmd.org and look for the Steam 202 link. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum can be found at 300 Burhans Blvd (US Rt. 11), reached by phone at 301-739-4665 or on the web at www.roundhouse.org.

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