Meyersdale and the Great Allegheny Passage
As the Great Allegheny Passage was being built in sections as a rails-to-trails project from Pittsburgh to Washington, D. C., interested persons in Meyersdale thought the abandoned Western Maryland station would be a place of interest on the trail and a great site for trail-related activities and amenities. A group formed as the Meyersdale Area Historical Society became the caretakers of the building and shepherded it through a major renovation project. This section of the trail has a number of notable features, including the Salisbury Junction viaduct, the Keystone viaduct and the Big Savage tunnel.
Today, the restored Western Maryland Station in Meyersdale is an official Trailhead for the Great Allegheny Passage and an information center for Meyersdale and Somerset County Area. The station features include the following:
- Free parking directly adjacent to the trail
- Picnic tables, bike racks, and benches
- Self-service bike repair station
- Water fountain
- Free Wi-Fi with available printer
- Model train displays
- Vending machines and small snacks
- Gift shop
- Railroad equipment displays including a caboose
- Information, maps, and orientation videos
There is no admission charge for the station facilities, museum, or displays. The station is open daily from 9:00 to 4:30.
For further information about the Great Allegheny Passage, visit the website: http://www.atatrail.org