Fall 2009 Western Maryland Scenic Helmstetter's Photo Special
These are my photos from the October 26th 2009 Helmstetter Photo Special on the Western Maryland Scenic. This was my first trip to the Western Maryland Scenic and my first experiecne with a photo special and it was a quite a memorable experience.

For over a century, the Helmstetter family has farmed the land on Cash Valley Road near Cumberland, Maryland. John Helmstetter is the third generation of the family to operate the farm.

The centerpiece of the farm was the large barn located near Western Maryland Railroad's famous Helmstetters Curve. The barn has been featured in countless photos taken from the early days of steam through recent railfan specials. On July 9, 2009, a fire swept through the historic structure. Fourteen cows and John's best friend, his border collie Teddy, perished in the blaze. John was injured trying to save his animals.

Friends of John Helmstetter have established the JOHN HELMSTETTER FARM FUND to serve as a central point for collecting donations and organizing fund-raising events to aid John in getting back on his feet. His surviving cattle need shelter and food, and John lost many pieces of equipment in the fire. He was burned in an unsuccessful effort to save his some of his livestock and his best friend, Teddy, his black-and-white border collie.
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