Celebrate National Train Day with a visit to the Western Maryland Railway Museum Complex, at 41 N. Main St. in Union Bridge on Saturday, May 11.
The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are graciously accepted.
According to its website, “The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society was founded in 1967 for the purpose of preserving a portion of America's rich railroad history.” The museum complex, which houses many artifacts relative to the Western Maryland Railway and railway history, was built by the railroad company in 1902 as a working train depot and office building.
The museum houses two model train layouts; one being an N-scale replica of Union Bridge to the twin bridges, west of Thurmont. The second is a 4-by-16-foot HO-scale layout on display in the depot building. Weather permitting, there will be operating equipment from the Chesapeake & Allegheny Steam Preservation Society, and a Maryland Midland Railroad locomotive on display.
ID Kits from the Child ID Program will be available at the open house. The ID Kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on identification cards that they keep at home. If ever needed, this ID Kit will give authorities vital information to help locate a missing child.
The Union Bridge Masonic Lodge will have a hot dog stand during the event. For a nominal cost you can enjoy a hot dog and a drink.
Donations of railroad-oriented items are always welcomed and may be tax-deductible. The society also accepts loaned items by arrangement with the board of directors.
The museum is open to the public Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), and by appointment. Tour groups are also welcome, with at least 30 days advance notice. For more information, contact the museum at 410-775-0150 or email@example.com. The museum's website is www.westernmarylandrhs.com.
Cash bingo event
The Taneytown Chamber of Commerce will host a Cash Bingo Night on Friday, May 10 at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and games begin at 7 p.m. Ticket price includes 20 regular games. In addition to the regular games there will be one special with a payout of $250 and a second special with a payout of $500. The jackpot game payout is $750.
There will be refreshments available for purchase from the Pleasant Valley Ladies Auxiliary. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cash-bingo-tickets-60586267156.
Proceeds for this event will benefit the community through scholarships to students graduating from Francis Scott Key High School and Silver Oak Academy.
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