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Deer Park, page 5

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level, near the foot of the Deer Park Grade which extends for some three miles eastward to Altamont, the highest point on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, with an elevation of 2628 feet. From the time the railroad was built through the glades, trains had difficulty in negotiating this grade, even though it is only .923 per cent. In the old days it was a common occurrence for eastbound freight trains to stall in snow drifted deep in No. 47 Cut, and many a Flagman has suffered from the intensely cold winds that swept along the tracks as he forced his way back through the snow to flag an approaching train.

About 1898 the Baltimore and Ohio set up a tiny telegraph office at a point opposite the hotel siding, with Operators F. N. Reis and William Dorsey in charge, each working a 12-hour shift. A small freight engine, probably of the 1200 class, was assigned to this point to help freight trains eastbound up the grade to Altamont. The Engineers were Hanson B. Rice and Michael A. Carney, both young enginemen. This being a very desirable job, veteran Engineers and Firemen proceeded to take over this work, as they were permitted to do, and they


Editor: Felix G. Robinson

PROFESSOR CHARLES A. ZIMMERMAN. Picture taken in front of Deer Park Hotel in 1897. Prof. Zimmerman and his Naval Academy Band provided the music at Deer Park and Oakland hotels for many seasons, commencing in 1893. Zimmerman was the composer of many popular band pieces such as "Anchor's Aweigh." Courtesy of Robert B. Garrett, Baltimore, Md.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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