The Western Maryland Railroad extended its tracks to Big Spring in 1892. Samuel P Angle took advantage of the railroad and built a grain elevator next to the tracks the same year. In 1895 Angle brother William Harrison purchased the elevator. Eventually Williams son Guy took over operation of the elevator, which housed a general store and post office.
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�In September of 1980 C&O 614 had just had her initial restoration to service completed in the Hagerstown roundhouse and was dispatched west to Williamsport on a break in run. 614 was to be added to the head end of a coal train at Williamsport. The timing was poor since the helper had just gone up the hill with another train so it was decided to run 614 lite west for a longer test run. At some point 614 would return to Williamsport and the coal train. I was following 614 with a bunch of tools in my pickup as a chase truck. When an inspection was done in front of the Big Spring office it was discovered that a cylinder cock was damaged on the right side of the engine. While we were fixing the cylinder cock 614 sat by the office and the little community was dark while everyone slept. After the repair 614 whistled off for Williamsport and with cylinder cocks roaring marched out of town. I was left standing on the ground with the another crew member and watched as every light in town suddenly came on. I will never forget 614 sitting by the little office with the signal hovering over her.�, John Bohon
The real structure measured 32'-3" long by 12'-4" deep. It had a sister office at Security, on the East Sub.
David Eisinger wrote about a visit to Big Spring, "As a side story, as I was measuring and sketching the building
the locals that lived in the big house directly behind the
train order office came over to me. They asked me what I was doing.
I told them I was taking measurements to build a model of it.
they were disapointed as they where hoping I was from the railroad
and was going to paint it. They then invited me in their house for
lunch. At this time the building still had its BIG SPRING signs on
both ends. I told then I was suprise that no one had taken them by
now. Their responce was, "why would anyone want them?"", David Eisinger