Western Maryland Railway Historical Society to host National Train Day open house

Rail fans of all ages can celebrate National Train Day when they visit The Western Maryland Railway Museum Complex. The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Museum Complex, at 41 N. Main St. in Union Bridge. Admission is free.

The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society was founded in 1967 for the purpose of preserving a portion of America's rich railroad history, according to its website.


Museum Director Brian Mahoney said the artifacts are housed in the museum complex, which was actually built in 1902 by the railroad company.

"One building was built as an office building, the other building was built as the depot," Mahoney said.

In addition to four Western Maryland Railroad trains on site, the museum houses two model train layouts, he said. One is a model of Union Bridge to the Twin Bridges, west of Thurmont.

Mahoney also said the museum houses, "a mixed collection of whatever you find on a large industrial railroad deal."

Mahoney indicated much of the museum's collection came to them when documents held by CSX in Baltimore were being disposed of. Other train-related items including papers were acquired at auctions. Some came from private collections and in the early days when Western Maryland was independent, friends in management supplied some of the items on display.

For more information contact the museum at 410-775-0150 or email at

The museum's website is

Taneytown Chamber to hold cash bingo event

The Taneytown Chamber of Commerce will host a Cash Bingo Night on Friday, May 13 at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Bob Miller, a director and member of the Chamber of Commerce, said the proceeds of the event will go toward the art and music festival that will be held in June and the Lions Club Family Fun Days in Taneytown that will be held in August.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; games begin at 7 p.m. The night will include 20 regular games with a payout of $80 each. 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.

Refreshments available for purchase from the Pleasant Valley Ladies Auxiliary include hot dogs, barbeque and desserts. Tickets for the event can be purchased at New Windsor State Bank or The Liquor Barn in Taneytown. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone contact Bob Miller at 443-789-7035.

St. James UMC to hold annual yard sale

St. James United Methodist Church in Dennings will hold its annual May Madness yard sale, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14 on the church grounds at 3000 Marston Road to benefit the church's various local missions including The Shepherd's Staff and Carroll Food Sunday, as well as their global missions such as Imagine No Malaria, which is a global partnership working to reduce malaria deaths in Africa.


The yard sale will include a variety of donated items, including household items such as dishes, cookware and furniture, assorted clothing, children's toys, games, puzzles and books. Bring your appetite, too: Breakfast and lunch items, including breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs and homemade french fries, will be available for purchase. Check out the baked goods table for your favorite cookies, cakes, homemade breads and more.

This event will be held rain or shine. For more information on the event please contact Deanna Grayson at 410-775-7249.

Taneytown to hold annual fishing derby

Calling all kids ages 4 to 12: Gather your fishing pole and bait and head on over to Roberts Mill Park in Taneytown from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, for a fun morning of fishing. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event is free. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Categories include ages 5 and younger; ages 6, 7 and 8; ages 9 and 10; and ages 11 and 12. First-, second- and third-place will be awarded in each age group. All participants will receive a free gift.

Participants must bring their own bucket, pole and bait.

For more information contact Bob Mitchell at 410-751-1100.

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