B&O Thunder in the Alleghenies
The Baltimore & Ohio used its biggest and best power to conquer the mountains around Cumberland, Maryland. Noted photographers such as Phil Hastings, William Price, Richard Kindig and others share their images of everything from articulated steam to E-units to heavy freight and passenger action over this scenic mountain railroad. This look at the B&O depicts the road's struggle to master the Alleghenies. The time will be the final years of steam power in all its fulminating glory.
The coverage begins with the East End of the Cumberland Division, for this is the prelude to the battles with the mountains. After a brief pause at Cumberland, the scene shifts to the West End of the division, famous for its Seventeen Mile, Cranberry, Cheat River and Newburg grades, plus the action at Terra Alta and M&K Junction. Then the author returns to Cumberland for the assault on Sand Patch made by the line through Connellsville to Pittsburgh.