The Walkersville Southern Railroad Museum is dedicated to promoting Maryland’s local railroad heritage through educational programming and the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic railroad equipment, structures, and memorabilia.
The Walkersville Southern Railroad Museum is located on and around what was once a secondary line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Housed within an early 20th century commercial building, the museum features a variety of educational exhibits that showcase railroad artifacts and equipment. It gives special emphasis to the Walkersville Southern Railroad and its predecessors, including the Pennsylvania Railroad. Other highlights include an operating HO scale model and a Children’s Corner with a hands-on wooden train shelf layout, books, and games.
Outside the museum is the Walkersville Southern Railroad (WSRR) Train Station; the Maintenance Shop where the WSRR mechanics base their repair work; and the Engine Shed which houses the WSRR rolling stock engines. Additional rolling stock that has been or is in the process of being restored is stationed on nearby tracks .
The Renovation Campaign
While you will have a memorable visit to the Walkersville Southern Railroad Museum today, plans are also underway for an extensive renovation of the building and museum exhibition area. A preliminary architectural study of the building was conducted in 2018 providing the first glimpse of the re-envisioned museum. Later this year, the Board of Directors will unveil more comprehensive plans for the building and a project timeline. We continue to pursue grants and donations to expedite this important work.
The Walkersville Southern Railroad Museum is a 501(c)3 organization, governed by a Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
Paul Kovalcik, President and Treasurer
Deanna Baird, Secretary
Wayne Kirchoff, Program Director
Gabe Gerber, Director
Marianne Urban, Director
Bill McCullough, Director