Keyser to Twin Mountain

This view shows the library at Burlington, West Virginia, in the former Twin Mountain and Potomac RR station. According to the librarian, the original station was much smaller; it was only the one-story portion beyond the gable. The baggage cart (barely visible) is on loan from a Keyser Historical Society. The cart was originally used at the B&O station in Keyser, where the TM&P interchanged with the B&O. Photo by Mike Palmer, September 2003.

The Twin Mountain & Potomoc Railroad was a narrow gauge railroad that ran through the hills and valleys of northern West Virginia, near the Maryland state line. It was built in the late 1800s and abandoned before 1920, and little trace can be found today (2003). The modified station in Burlington (at right) is believed to be the only surviving structure.

While in service the TM&P ran mixed freight and passenger trains. In Keyser there was a transfer station with the Baltimore & Ohio. Judging by the station names, the customers were local mines and farms. From Keyser, heading generally south, the line passed through the settlements of Mineral, Limestone, Reservoir, Orchard Siding, Knobley Farm, Liller Run, Markwood, Dry Run, Burlington, Thrush, Sloan, Russelldale, Eliber Siding, and Twin Mountain.

What is the address is the library in the picture? Is the library still in operation or is it still closed? Who owns it?

John
Bel Air., MD
7/29/2012

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The Burlington library is about a 100 feet from route 50. When heading east on 50, turn right onto Patterson Creek Road and the library sits on the right side. It is still in operation today as a library.

Craig
Keyser, WV
12/28/2012

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Do you have records of the people, employees, who worked on the railroad around 1880?

Marge
Hagerstown, MD
2/15/2013

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The dates in the article are not accurate. The TM&P RR was not constructed until 1911. The railroad was abandoned in 1919. Known TM&P engineers include Harry T. Cathell, George Pyler, and Brackett Tharp. Charles Duckworth served as conductor. Jack Wilson was the Station Agent at Burlington. Gliven N. Smith was a TM&P fireman, and Angelo Cillio was the track foreman.

Craig
Keyser, WV
2/15/2013

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So from 1911 on, was there a man with the last name, Reed, that worked there?

Marge
Hagerstown, MD
2/22/2013

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Are there records listing the employees of the Twim Mt. And Potomac Railroad anywhere to be found?

Marge
Hagerstown, MD
11/29/2014

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