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The 32-mile round-trip excursion between Cumberland and Frostburg -- enhanced by live commentary -- follows a mountain valley route through the Cumberland Narrows, with many panoramic vistas and a 1,300-foot elevation change between the two destinations. All trains depart from and return to Cumberland. The trip takes 3 1/2 hours, including a 1 1/2-hour layover in Frostburg, where you can visit the nearby Thrasher Carriage Museum or get a snack. The railroad also offers weekend murder-mystery dining excursions. The website lists dates and times. Diesel trains are used May through August and in October to help meet the demand for tickets. Santa Express trips, offered Thanksgiving weekend through December, are aboard the steam train.