In January, 1866, organizers met in Frederick to discuss chartering a railroad from the District of Columbia to the Pennsylvania State line thru Frederick.
In March 1867 the Maryland General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Frederick & Pennsylvania Line Railroad (F&PL). The F&PL was authorized to raise $1 million in capital to construct a railroad from Frederick City, Maryland, through Frederick and Carroll counties to the Maryland and Pennsylvania line, in the direction of Littlestown, Pennsylvania. The charter also required the F&PL to make connections with the Western Maryland Railroad and required the company to commence construction by March 1870.
On July 29, 1869, the railroad celebrated the start of construction near Woodsboro, Maryland by roasting an Ox.
Between January 1870 and September 1872, the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line Railroad was built through Frederick County connecting the towns of Taneytown, Ladiesburg, Woodsboro, Walkersville and Frederick, MD.
In the 143 plus years that followed, this railroad line greatly influenced the life and prosperity of these towns and the region. Its operation and influence continues today.
This non-profit, charitable organization was formed with a broad railroad preservation mission. One of our goals is to preserve a seven mile railroad (former Pennsylvania Railroad) in Maryland.
Preservation can be challenging and the railroad has provided many hurdles to overcome.
While we work through those challenges, we have developed other meaningful programs.
This organization is growing and adapting to the changing needs of the history and preservation community. Over the past three years we have discovered that many other organizations need help in the areas of research, writing, marketing, operations, fundraising/grants, technical and engineering support. There's lots of work to be done and we can help!
If you are part of a group or railroad operation seeking assistance, contact us today.
(See our Mission page for all the details)
Discover & Preserve
For a detailed F&PL RR history written by FPL Museum visit:
The Frederick & Pennsylvania Line Railroad Museum, Inc.
A 501(c)3, non profit, tax exempt, educational and charitable organization
Maryland certified engineering firm, License #49957
History Education Preservation
1873 Railroad Map
From 1876 company letter head