The Western Maryland, while controled by the B&O, was for the most part allowed to operate independently. It used a variety of locomotives from many builders not found on the B&O. It also kept its own paint schemes up to the Chessie Era. This Alco RS3 on display at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, MD is in the early black and yellow scheme with WM Speed Lettering.


The early GM F-unit at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, MD wears the "Fireball" once found on many of Western Maryland's steam engines.


This colorful paint scheme dubbed "Circus" was used prior to the Chessie scheme on all GP and F units. This well worn GP40, resting in the upper yard in Parkersburg, WV, is the last unit in WM colors. A few weeks after this photo was taken, the locomotive suffered an electical fire and was retired. (Photo by Todd Atkinson)


During the Chessie Era, the three partners C&O, B&O, and WM, adopted the colorful blue, yellow and orange Chessie System livery with the Chessie Cat logo. All units retained their original identity until the creation of CSX Transportation. CSX renumbered most units and painted over the road letters. WM units were rare to begin with and not often photographed by Chessie System. This SD40-2, far from home on its way from New Orleans, was still in Chessie paint with its identity intact as it passed through Biloxi, MS. Note the original lettering peeking through the Chessie logo. All SD40's are now in the new CSX "Bright Future" scheme.