Deal was the Western Maryland's Summit of the Alleghenies. The elevation at Deal is 2,375ft., 300 feet lower than the B&O's. To the east was Cumberland 21 rail miles away with a 1.75% grade drop. To the west Connellsville was 65 rail miles away with a .08% grade drop, the easiest railroad crossing of the Alleghienies. Deal was not just the top of the mountain for the railroad but also the Eastern Contiential Divide. Water ran west to the Mississippi River and on to the Gulf of Mexico. TO the east water ran into the Potomac River, Cheseapeake Bay, and Atlantic Ocean.
Deal had a passing siding a two setoff tracks. Four tracks were here at the East End of Deal including a 110 car storage track. In the steam days a water tower stood here as well. The train order office was closed in the mid 1950's but still stood for a telephone service and for work crews. The office closed as a result of the CTC that was installed between Cumberland and Deal.
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