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Experience the Thunder

You can take control of 300-tons of Maryland Thunder as the engineer of Western Maryland steam locomotive no. 1309!

For every donation of $100 or more, you’ll be entered to win a chance to run this historic machine. Your journey will put you at the throttle as 1309 storms up the historic Western Maryland grade with eight of your friends and family riding a caboose behind!

All winners will participate in a briefing on railroad rules and safety, learn locomotive servicing, and operate 1309 under the guidance of Maryland Thunder’s steam team for approximately four hours.

Winners will be randomly selected for every 100 entries.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license, and be in good health. Due to its historic nature, this offering is not ADA accessible.


All donations are tax-deductible

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