Known for historically and currently
The Meyersdale Area Historical Society operates the renovated Western Maryland Railroad Station as a visitors’ center, local history museum, and trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage. The station is home to exhibits relating to the region’s industrial heritage of the area and development of its railroad, coal and lumber industries. It contains hundreds of railroad-themed artifacts, operational model train displays, a children’s activity area, videos highlighting local attractions, oral history exhibits, and a gift shop. Staff and volunteers provide information about housing, food service, amenities and attractions. A caboose restored in Western Maryland Railway livery colors is parked outside and makes a great photo op. The Salisbury Viaduct, with its 360-degree views, is less than two miles west.
Railroad Station History
When the Western Maryland Railway was being constructed, the railroad’s real estate agent promised he would build “the finest station between Cumberland and Connellsville” if the town fathers would grant permission to build the railroad through Meyersdale. Permission was given, and the brick semi-Tudor style station was completed quickly, in 1911. Initially, the depot served two passenger trains in each direction daily, but regular passenger service ceased in 1931. The station continued to serve freight customers and was used as a maintenance base until the Western Maryland Railway was disbanded in 1975.
The restored train station run by the Meyersdale Area Historical Society is open each Thursday through Monday, from April through October, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Free parking is available on site, and it serves as the GAP trailhead for Meyersdale.