Hagerstown Railroad Museums Present: Railroad Heritage Days

Hagerstown Railroad Museums Present:
Railroad Heritage Days

(Hagerstown, MD) May 19, 2008- Have you ever wanted to stand at the controls of a steam locomotive, look out the windows of a vintage caboose, run a model train or take a trolley ride? Well, here is your chance! The Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park and the Hagerstown Round House Museum invite you to come and experience the 18th Annual Railroad Heritage Days on Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 11 am to 5pm and Sunday, June 8, 2008 from 12pm to 5pm. Join us for this fun-filled celebration of Hagerstown's rich railroading past.
Visitors can board a trolley shuttle and take a ride between the two museums in order to participate in all of the wide variety of exciting family events offered over the festival's two days. (Please see photo attached) At the Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park, kids of all ages will be able to take a barrel cart ride between 1pm and 4pm during both days of the festival. Folks will also have the opportunity to step into the cab of the newly painted, 1912 Western Maryland Locomotive 202 and walk through two cabooses!
Explore the fantastic collection of Western Maryland memorabilia and other special displays housed in the museum building on site.
According to John Bryan, Historic Sites Facilitator for the City of Hagerstown "The arrival of the Railroad to our area in 1834, perhaps more than any other factor, spurred the growth of Hagerstown into the city we know today. As many know, the nickname for our town is the "Hub City," which stems from the map of railroad lines running into to Hagerstown which look like the spokes of a wagon wheel.
It is impossible to tell the history of Hagerstown without giving attention to our Railroading past. Railroad Heritage Days is an excellent opportunity for
folks of all ages to learn about how important the Railroad has been to this area and to have some fun too! Our staff is very excited to partner with the Roundhouse Museum to put on this event."
The volunteers at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum began the Railroad Heritage Days festival nearly two decades ago. According to Bill Knode, Treasure of the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum and charter member, this event began as a means to "keep the spirit of Railroading alive in Hagerstown, and to increase the awareness of our area's vast local Railroading history. This festival is a fun way to bring this history to life for both adults and children alike." This year's slate of activities to be held at the Roundhouse Museum is bigger and better than ever, featuring Trolley rides and numerous rail-themed displays such as a continuation of the popular Trains of Christmas layout, a display of Military and Fire equipment, model trains, and many more exciting games. Knode also notes that new this year at the Roundhouse Museum will be a Thomas The Tank trackless train ride, a Sunday performance of Railroad Songs & Stories at 1:30pm and 3pm and free ice cream for children. Tickets will be on sale during the festival for an excursion trip on June 21, 2008 to the East Broad Top Railroad & Rockhill Trolley Museum.
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 50 cents for children 12 and under. To board the trolley, riders must purchase a ticket for $4.00 which will pay for the entrance fee into the
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.
Railroad Heritage Days will be held Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 11 am to 5pm and Sunday, June 8, 2008 from12pm to 5pm. The Hagerstown Railroad Museum is located at 525 Highland Way, opposite the Mansion House Art Center in Hagerstown City Park. For more information individuals may call 301-739-8393 or visit www.hagerstownmd.org and click on the Steam 202 link. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum is located at 300 Burhans Blvd (US Rt. 11), or reached by phone at 301-739-4665, and also by visiting the website at www.roundhouse.org.