Frostburg State University will present the first major exhibit of the William P. Price Railroad Collection beginning on Monday, April 1, on the fourth and fifth floors of the Lewis J. Ort Library. Hours for public viewing of the exhibit are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to midnight. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The exhibit contains selected photos featuring steam railroad engines, plus other railroad memorabilia, from the William P. Price Railroad Collection housed within the library’s J. Glenn Beall Archives. The photos, 45 in all, were carefully selected from the collection of over 10,000 images, enlarged to 16” x 20” and framed. According to Dr. David M. Gillespie, library director, the Price Collection is one of the best photo documentations illustrating the Western Maryland Railroad and the B&O Railroad trains during the height of the steam engine era in the railroading industry in Western Maryland and West Virginia.
Price’s photographic works from the 1940s to ’50s are nationally recognized. He published several books on the B&O and Western Maryland railroads. His films, taken during the same time period, have been converted to video and are commercially available. Price, who passed away in 2002, retired in 1985 from the Cumberland Times-News after 43 years of service. He donated his collection to the Ort Library in 1999.
In addition to the Price photographs, there are several prints on display from the recent Pinkerton Tunnel excavation and relocation of the CSX Line near Markleton, Pa. There are also photos of a recently discovered coal car in an underground mine dating from the 1880s to ’90s on the Walker Coal Mining property in Midlothian, about three miles from the campus. Les Walker, owner of the surface mining company, discovered the two-ton, loaded coal car in January of this year.
For more information, contact the Lewis J. Ort library at 301-687-4425.
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