Keyser to Twin Mountain

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.

This view shows the library at Burlington, West Virginia, in the...
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.

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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

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

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

Marge
Hagerstown, MD
2/15/2013

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

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

Marge
Hagerstown, MD
2/22/2013

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

Marge
Hagerstown, MD
11/29/2014

I just found this site. I have timebooks pics for the TM&P. I will check for names and advise.

Rails'n'Relics
Delray, , WV
3/22/2015

I am still interested in knowing if a man with the last name, Reed, worked at the TM&P RR. Anyone know where I can research the employees? Thank you.

Marge
Hagerstown,, MD
8/2/2017

I don't have any further records than I listed previously. You may want to check with the library at Potomac State College. They supposedly have old copies of the local newspaper from that timeframe that may list officers and employees. I have seen articles that list supporters of the petitioners to get the railroad started but have not seen any last name of Reed. The paper was called Keyser Tribune in 1911.

Craig
Keyser, WV
8/2/2017

The Traveller's Rest aka The Old Stone House along Rt 50 in Burlington, WV has a TM&P RR display and is open most Saturdays through the year Terrie Rogers and Frank Roleff have put this together and there is a lot of information. Check their facebook page old stone house / travelers rest to see when they are open for sure

Terrie
Keyser, WV
6/1/2018

The Twin Mountain and Potomac railroad was a narrow gage railroad which ran from 1911-1919. A narrow gage railroad (36" wide)ran from Burlington to Keyser, WV carrying peaches, apples and lumber which was off loaded to the B&O railroad (54" regular sized track)and taken to various places in the United States. Built by many Italian immigrants. I'm told that when you heard the whistle blow, it was probably because it was off the track. The first two cars behind the engine carried workers to off load the cargo. The Library is still open and if you look close you can see where the depot windows and doors were.

Terrie
Keyser, WV
1/12/2019