The Strange Case of the "M. & W." Division

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Sat Nov 4 22:08:05 EDT 2017

The Maryland and Washington Division was the ‘old’ Shenandoah Valley Railroad. An independent line was planned from near Front Royal to Washington, hence the two northern destinations of Maryland and Washington. It appears in the Annual Reports because of the need to account for all work the company had done, however small. N&W had begun building up passenger service for the Washington line by using a B&O routing (via Shenandoah Junction) for trains (#3 &4) until the independent line could be built. These plans went awry when  PRR bought control of N&W in order to stabilize coal rates. Not wanting to lessen traffic turned over to PRR’s owned Cumberland Valley Railroad at Hagerstown, the independent line to Washington was killed. The Archives has a drawing of the right of way of the line under its separate construction name “Washington & Western” (HS-G10062) you can purchase and be sure to check out the terminal that was planned for Front Royal (HS-E00625). It would have been a great.


Mason Cooper



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