B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore

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901 West Pratt Street
  • The Stourbridge, America's first locomotive
    The Stourbridge, America's first...
    by Tom_Fields
  • The excursion train
    The excursion train
    by Tom_Fields
  • The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
    The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
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    The Birthplace of the American Railroad

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Most people take the railroads for granted. But in 1829, they made their first appearance in the United States. It happened right here, in Baltimore. It was a sensation, and it changed history.

    The first railroad in America was laid down right here. One can still ride the route of that first railroad. Trains depart daily from April through December. There's not a whole lot to see, but it's still a historic experience.

    The old Roundhouse, where locomotives and rolling stock were once maintained, now houses some of the oldest ones in existence. The museum also has some nice model trains, and a collection of railroad memorabilia. This includes the First Stone, laid down on July 4, 1828, by Charles Carrollton--the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum Inside the Roundhouse The Stourbridge, America's first locomotive The excursion train The Atlantic, circa 1830
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    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 7, 2007

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    Trains fascinate us, so we've visited many museums to see these powerful machines of transport.

    The Baltimore B&O Railroad Museum houses collections from the beginning of the Age of the Railroad to every phase of the industry as it developed. In fact, it is touted as having the finest collection of 19th century steam engines in the country. Anyone who loves trains will enjoy this museum!

    Hours are Mon.-Fri. from 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-4 pm. The museum is closed on most holidays. Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 2-12; free for children under 2. **Train rides are included in the admission price on Tues.-Sun. from April-December. (May be cancelled in inclement weather)

    Lots to see at the train museum!
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    B&O Railroad Museum

    by Easty Updated Jun 17, 2003

    The B&O Railroad Museum is one of the premire railroad museums in the country. It has an extensive collection of engine and railroad cars. It is a must for any railroad lover.

    Fellow VT Member GrandmaR informed me that the roof to the B&O Museum collapsed during the harsh winter of 2003. It is uncertain when or if the museum will open again.

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    Baltimore & Ohio Railway Museum

    by frankcanfly Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Today, the B&O Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading through the history and legacy of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, the Western Maryland Railway, and the regional railroads of the mid-Atlantic.

    In 1999, the B&O Railroad Museum joined the Smithsonian Institution's Affiliates Program becoming the first railroad museum and the first museum in Maryland to hold that distinction.

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