More than likely one of the many logging rr's that were throughout the area.
"At mid-century the B&O Railroad penetrated the county, augmented by a network of
narrow gauge rail lines that quickly accessed once remote timber. Cumberland, 15 miles to the
east, was Maryland’s second largest city in 1840. Mount Savage, just down the mountain from
Garrett County, emerged as a thriving iron center (Silverman 1995). When mining interests
began extracting anthracite coal from seams in the Georges Creek and Wills Creek Valleys, also
to the east, demand for wood and agricultural commodities exploded. The regional growth of
tanneries (Herget 1983) depleted hemlocks, literally stripping the forest bare and typically
leaving the wood to rot. Altogether, through the 19th century land clearing in Garrett County
averaged about 2.5 square miles per year. " source: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/down ... istory.pdf
(page 3 of 14)
"Other small, narrow gauge railroads criss-crossed
Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral counties to access timber.
Due to the nature of their work, logging railroads were
fleeting because their purposes ended quickly when natural
resources were depleted. According to one historian, there
were at least forty-four logging railroads in the region.
Most of their stories have been lost to time but several of the more prominent operations have been at least partially
documented." source: http://www.mountaindiscoveries.com/stor ... trains.pdf
some other area (Garrett County) info on logging roads:
Title: West Virginia Logging Railroads
Author: William E. Warden
Published: 1993-2000 - TLC Publishing, Inc - Hardcover
And nearby: Mt. Savage
"Mount Savage is an unincorporated town in Allegany County, Maryland. The town of Mount Savage is a small blue-collar town nestled at the base of Big Savage Mountain in the Allegheny Mountains, between the cities of Frostburg and Cumberland. The town began as a small farming settlement in the mid-1800s, but it was not until 1844 that the region was put on the nation's map with the pressing of the first iron rail in the United States. After this claim to fame, Mount Savage became the fifth largest city in Maryland. Named as the headquarters for the short line railroad and the Cumberland & Pennsylvania Railroad, the area was deemed an industrial center."
http://www.mountsavagehistoricalsociety ... 20shop.htm
http://www.mountsavagehistoricalsociety ... vageRR.htm