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Board of County Commissioners

Posted on: August 13, 2019

Response to Operational Audit of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

ALLEGANY COUNTY GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO OPERATIONAL AUDIT OF THE WESTERN MARYLAND SCENIC RAILROAD

August 13, 2019 (Cumberland, MD) – Today, Allegany County Government issued the following statement regarding the operational audit conducted by Stone Consulting, Inc.

The Stone Report is a sobering look at the complex issues involved in the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad's recovery from a difficult period in their history. The Board of County Commissioners appreciates the detailed and professional analysis the report provides. It brings the guidance needed to move forward and we are going to require detailed responses from WMSR on all of the serious issues outlined by Stone Consulting.

The WMSR has operated many successful seasons over the past two decades in which they were sustainable and made significant contributions to our county's hospitality and retail economy. It is our goal to return the train to that status as a major national and regional attraction. The long-awaited addition of the steam engine to the WMSR fleet can provide a renewed sense of optimism in WMSR’s future.

As we did recently regarding the upgrades to the rail condition, we will, once again, reach out to the WMSR board and staff to discuss these findings and how we can work together on a path forward. That discussion, similar to county government’s previous meeting, will be open to members of the press and the public.    

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