The Traveler's Journal  
Press Releases - The Traveler's Journal

Informative Press Releases for Travel

Press Release information you can use!


The following information is provided by the travel supplier or its public relations representative. The Traveler's Journal can accept no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of any material in this section.






Cumberland, Sunday, Maryland May 25, 2008 - - Today, in the majestic mountains of western Maryland a most unusual and beautiful memorial event, a butterfly release will 'take flight' with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad steam train. The train, the only steam engine operating in the State of Maryland, will take passengers on a 32-mile round trip from Cumberland to Frostburg. Once the train reaches Frostburg, passengers will release the colorful orange & black Monarch butterflies in a lovely outdoor garden setting. A poetry reading is also planned during the release.  One of the more popular poems read at memorials. We are looking for a good candidate to do the reading if anyone is interested.

In the entire world, no butterflies migrate like the Monarchs of North America. They travel much farther than all other tropical butterflies, up to three thousand miles. They are the only butterflies to make such a long, two-way migration every year. Amazingly, they fly in masses to the same winter roosts, often to the exact same trees.


The steam engine know by the locals as "Mountain Thunder #734" is a Baldwin-Built 1916 Lake Superior * Ishpeming RR Consolidation 2-8-0. Switching freight 1916 - 1956 in operation. During the 32 mile trip the engine uses over 3 tons coal.

WHO: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, 13 Canal St.Cumberland, MD 21502

WHAT:  "Butterfly Memorial Train"
An opportunity to symbolize the remembrance of someone special who has passed on or an event that has happened in our society that has changed our lives forever, or for all of our men and women fighting in wars so we can still live in a free country.

WHEN: May 25, 2008

TIME: Train will depart the Cumberland station at 11:30 am. Release will be approximately at 1:00 pm. Weather permitting, if it should be to cool or raining, the release at the depot will be cancelled, printed instructions will be given out explaining when the release of your butterfly should take place.

Tickets are on sale now and available by calling our ticket office at 1-800-TRAIN50 or 301-759-4400. Ticket prices are $25 for standard coach or $48 first class w/meal (adult prices)

There is a small additional fee of $12 for each Monarch Butterfly that will be handed out in Frostburg. The butterflies are in a triangle keepsake box with a poem on the back. The butterflies are safe and secure in the box and not harmed in any way. Only a limited number of 250 butterflies can be released at one time so make your reservations NOW!

For more information and directions contact the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad at 1-800-TRAIN50 (1-800-872-4650) these tickets cannot be purchased on the web, you must call to purchase the butterfly.




[Back to Press Releases Main]