Friday, July 10, 2015




National History Day Contestant Chooses Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for Three-Year Bid for National Honors.

     Tyler Gray lives in Joplin, MO. That is a long way from the B&O Museum in Baltimore. Three years ago, he contacted our guest curator Daniel Carroll Toomey and requested a phone interview as part of his research project. Tyler, then in the seventh grade, was making his first entry into the National History Day competition. The title of his project was “War Rode the Rails: Turning Point in Warfare and America”. Tyler did not advance past the local competition, but he and his family did visit the B&O Museum and continued to pursue his interest in railroading. The following year he entered a second exhibit entitled “Stopped in Their Tracks: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and Turning Point in U.S. Labor Relations” - a heady concept for an eighth grader to develop. This time he made it to the state finals. Undaunted, this fifteen-year-old student at Joplin High School entered the 2015 competition with an excellent exhibit entitled “John Work Garrett: Life on the Rails: Leadership and Legacy Travels the Tracks”. His determination paid off and Tyler Gray made it all the way to national finals at the University of Maryland. This is a major event held on campus at College Park every June. Students from all over the country compete for top honors under stringent guidelines that include an exhibit, 500-word paper, and numerous reviews by college professors. Just getting there is an achievement unto itself.

     Tyler did not win the grand prize, but his vision of railroad history is undeniably beyond his years. We at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum are proud of what he has accomplished and wish him even greater success in the future.                    

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

CHUGGINGTON A Traintastic Adventure
B&O Railroad Museum
Friday, July 31 (10am-4pm)
Saturday, August 1 (8:30am – 4pm)
Sunday, August 2 (8:30am – 4pm)
 
TICKETS & QUESTIONS
                                                           
Chuggington A Traintastic Adventure arrives for the first time ever to the B&O Railroad Museum this summer, July 31 – August 2. Following is some very important information you should have for your family to have a great day!
 
How do I get tickets? 
To purchase tickets visit http://bit.do/CHUG or call 1-866-468-7630. For event details visit http://www.borail.org/Chuggington.aspx or call 410-752-2490.
 
What if all the Train Rides for Chuggington are SOLD OUT?
If train rides are sold out, the B&O Museum will offer on-site admission at $18 for ages 2 and up. This admission includes the following: event & museum admission and free parking. For event details visit http://www.borail.org/Chuggington.aspx.
 
I have tickets! What do I do now?
1) If you have purchased a train ride & event ticket through Ticketweb, please arrive at least ONE HOUR prior to the train ride time printed on your ticket.
2) Everyone, except children under age 2, will need to present a Chuggington ticket upon their entrance into the museum. Please make sure every member in your party has a ticket in hand before arriving to the museum.
3) If you do not have a ticket for everyone in your party, the B&O will offer on-site admission at $18 for ages 2 and up. This admission is only available for purchase on the day of the event at the B&O Museum and includes everything except Hanzo’s Passenger Run (train ride).
4) Your scheduled 20 minute train ride will board 15 minutes prior to the departure time printed on your Chuggington ticket. Please remember to assemble your entire party and board the platform with tickets in-hand so they can be presented to the train crew in a timely and efficient manner.
5) If you are late or miss your train ride time, please note that staff cannot guarantee you another train ride time since some train ride times maybe sold out. You still may enter the event with your ticket and enjoy all of the day's activities and entertainment.

Where do I park? Is there Handicap Parking?
The B&O offers free & secure parking at both of their parking lots. Please report to the main parking lot located at 901 W. Pratt St. in Baltimore, MD. Upon your arrival, if this lot is full, parkers will direct you to the secondary lot and museum entrance located at 1100 James St. (Tour Bus Parking), Baltimore, MD (http://baltimore.org/info/motorcoach-parking-information). Please DO NOT DROP OFF members of your party. It is best to park your vehicle(s) with your entire party and enter the museum as a group at one time. Dropping off members of your party at the front gate causes you and your party extra time and frustration. In addition to there being ample handicap parking spots, the B&O Museum and Chuggington event is ADA compliant and handicap accessible.
 
This is our first Chuggington event. What should we expect?
FUN!! Chuggington A Traintastic Adventure brings the show to life as families are immersed into the world of Chuggington. Young Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, complete several challenges, and earn rewards for their participation. Each challenge is scenario-based and represents Chuggington’s main themes and characters – Koko, Brewster, and Wilson.  The challenges allow Trainees to practice important life skills such as teamwork, safety, and leadership as they work hard to become the best Trainee they can be. Don’t miss  Chuggington A Traintastic Adventure for the first-time ever at the B&O Railroad Museum this summer for a day filled with train rides, challenges, family fun and activities. For all event details visit http://www.borail.org/Chuggington.aspx.
 
What else should we know?
Food Concessions
The B&O offers food concessions throughout the event. Please note that picnicking is not permitted. Members of your party with strict food allergies are permitted entrance with a small lunch bag.
Strollers
The B&O has designated stroller parking. Please note that strollers are not permitted on the train platform, on the train, or inside the Gift Shop.
Photos
You may take your own photos. Please be respectful of others so everyone has a chance to capture a Chuggington memory.
Lodging
For hotel accommodations please visit our partner package with Holiday Inn Inner Harbor http://www.borail.org/Hotel-Package.aspx or www.baltimore.org for other hotels in the Baltimore area.
Event Reminders
1) Event is RAIN or SHINE. Please remember to dress yourself and your family appropriately. Dressing in layers, rain gear, and sunscreen are advised.
2) Please remember that this is a family event. Smoking, cursing, or any inappropriate behavior is prohibited. Security has the right to remove anyone from the premises without refund.
3) For everyone's safety, bags may be searched at any time.
4) No pets
5) On-site interpreters are only provided by contacting info@borail.org at least two weeks prior to the event.

I have more questions, who should I call? 
You can call the B&O Railroad Museum at 410-752-2490
 
 Have a great day at CHUGGINGTON!
 


Friday, May 15, 2015




B&O Railroad Museum Announces Awards for its 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Officials of the B&O Railroad museum in Baltimore, Maryland announced today the winners of

its 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Five Fellowships were

established in the subject areas of railroad business, labor, early railroading, women and

African American studies.

The SURFs were offered to undergraduate students from colleges and universities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on a competitive basis. Most fellowship programs in the United States are reserved for graduate students and faculty. The stipend for each winner is $2,000.00.

Courtney B. Wilson, Executive Director of the Museum stated; “…these Fellowships represent a rare opportunity for emerging collegiate historians to perform original research using primary resources from a wide range of repositories. The Museum staff is proud to work with these students and is looking forward to the completion of original research in each category.”

The Fellows commence their work in early June of this year with a December 15th deadline to present their paper. The Museum plans to publish their work on the museum’s website and use their research in the creation of new interpretive programs for the public.

The following students were chosen by a panel of historians:

Edward Romano, Rutgers University, New Jersey: The Brooke, McDonald and Company Fellowship in American Railroad Business Studies.
Cameron Donahue, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland: The B&O Railroad Museum Fellowship in African-American Railroad Studies.
Daniel P. Gates, Loyola University, Maryland: The Charles and Mary Kay Nabit Fellowship in Early American Railroad History.
Christopher Panetta, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania: The Samuel L. Waldschmidt Fellowship in American Railroad Labor Studies.
Katherine E. Muir, Saint Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania: The Eleanor Abell Owen Fellowship in Women’s Railroad Studies.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gary Brukiewa
Chris France
Duncan Keir



VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH
May 2015

The B&O Railroad Museum is pleased to recognize the Train Crew who was on duty February 28, 2015
as May's Volunteers of the Month. Recognition is way over do for these volunteers who should be commended for their knowledge and expertise. 

The Train Crew, which included Chris France, Duncan Keir, and Gary Brukiewa, along with car hosts, Jerry Hofkin and Pete Schap, responded in a quick and professional manner in handling the situation that occurred during the first train ride that day. This team was able to get the train ride moving again while keeping visitors informed and entertained during the process. Garry Pace and Steve Montiero, who came in on their day off, helped to get the matter resolved also. We thank them too for their dedication and efforts.

We thank all of these wonderful volunteers for sharing their time, talents, and love of history. We are so fortunate to have all of them on our team. The train can not operate without them!

Sunday, April 19, 2015




  
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS 
B&O Railroad Museum
April 24-26 & May 1-3, 2015
Friday, April 24 (9am-4pm)
Saturday, April 25 (8:30am – 6pm)
Sunday, April 26 (8:30am – 5pm)
                                                           
Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum April 24-26 & May 1-3, 2015. Following is some very important information you should have for your family to have a great day!

How do I get tickets?
Tickets are available at www.ticketweb.com/dowt or by calling Ticketweb at 1-866-468-7630. Tickets are $21 for ages 2 and up and includes the following: one train ride with Thomas, event & museum admission, and free parking. Train ride tickets are limited; some train ride times are SOLD OUT. Ticket sales through Ticketweb end on Monday, April 20 for the weekend of April 24-26 and on Monday, April 27 for the weekend of May 1-3.

What if all the Train Rides with Thomas are SOLD OUT?
If train rides are sold out, the B&O Museum will offer on-site admission at $18 for ages 2 and up. This admission includes the following: event & museum admission and free parking. For event details http://www.borail.org/dowt.aspx)

I have tickets! What do I do now?
1) If you have purchased a train ride & event ticket through Ticketweb, please arrive at least ONE HOUR prior to the train ride time printed on your ticket.
2) Everyone, except children under age 2, will need to present a Thomas ticket upon their entrance into the museum. Please make sure every member in your party has a ticket in hand before they arrive to the museum.
3) If you do not have a ticket for everyone in your party, the B&O will offer on-site admission at $18 for ages 2 and up. This admission is only available for purchase on the day of the event at the B&O Museum and includes everything except a train ride with Thomas.
4) Your scheduled train ride will board 15 minutes prior to the departure time printed on your Thomas ticket. Please remember to assemble your entire party and board the platform with tickets in-hand so they can be presented to the train crew in a timely and efficient manner.
5) If you are late or miss your train ride time, please note that staff cannot guarantee you another train ride time since most train ride times are sold out. You still may enter the event with your ticket and enjoy all of the day's activities and entertainment.

Where do I park?
The B&O offers free & secure parking at both of their parking lots. Please report to the main parking lot located at 901 W. Pratt St. in Baltimore, MD. Upon your arrival, if this lot is full, parkers will direct you to the secondary lot and museum entrance located at 1100 James St. (Motorcoach Parking Facility), Baltimore, MD (http://baltimore.org/info/motorcoach-parking-information). Please DO NOT DROP OFF members of your party. It is best to park your vehicle(s) with your entire party and enter the museum as a group at one time. Dropping off members of your party at the front gate causes you and your party extra time and frustration.

This is our first Thomas event. What should we expect?
FUN!! This event is all about family fun. The Museum is turned upside down to bring you as many activities as we can possibly fit on our campus! Your DAY OUT WITH THOMAS TICKET includes a scheduled 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, all day admission to the B&O Railroad Museum, free parking, and the following activities and programs:
  • Meet & Greet and Photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt
  • Performances by JUNK ROCK who keeps you movin' and grovin' to the beat of oil drums, plastic tubes, milk cans, and more unusual object
  • Performance by Michael Rosman Comedy, a delightful mix of goofy zaniness and impressive skills featuring juggling, magic, unicycling, and an a healthy dose of laughter. Audience participation and railroad themes help fuel the show as Michael entertains both kids and adults.
  • Petting zoo by Party Animalz Farm with over 18 different types of friendly animals that make learning fun
  • Hay Maze for toddlers
  • Appearances and photo opportunities with Choo Choo Blue
  • Rides on Thomas Power Wheels
  • Thomas Imagination Station of interactive play
  • Moon bounce
  • Kid's climb-on train
  • Crafts & tattoo stations
  • Interactive B&O Railroad Museum exhibits
  • rides on the Carousel, Happy Train, and at Choo Choo Blueville
FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE....
  • Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise at the Day Out With Thomas Gift Shop
  • Professional photos with Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt
  • self-serve photos in the B&O's new photo booth
  • Gifts & souvenirs at the B&O Railroad Museum Store
  • Food Concessions (no outside food permitted during this event)
What else should we know?
Food Concessions
The B&O offers food concessions throughout the event. Please note that picnicking is not permitted. Members of your party with strict food allergies are permitted entrance with a small lunch bag.
Strollers
The B&O has designated stroller parking. Please note that strollers are not permitted on the train platform, on the train, or inside the Thomas Gift Shop.
Photos with Thomas & Sir Top Hatt
Please keep in mind that photo lines with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt may be congested. Please be respectful to others and limit your time so that everyone has a chance to capture a memory.
Event Reminders
1) Event is RAIN or SHINE. Please remember to dress yourself and your family appropriately. Dressing in layers, rain gear, and sunscreen are advised.
2) Please remember that this is a family event. Smoking, cursing, or any inappropriate behavior is prohibited. Security has the right to remove anyone from the premises without refund.
3) For everyone's safety, bags may be searched at any time.

 I have more questions, who should I call?  
You can call the B&O Railroad Museum at 410-752-2490

 Have a great day with Thomas & Friends!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TWO GREAT WEEKS OF SPRING BREAK AT THE B&O!

The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active!
EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST & TRAIN RIDE, April 3 & 4 at 8:30 a.m. TICKETS on-sale now! For details CLICK HERE!

CHOO CHOO BLUE & FRIENDS: LEGO Man, Anna & Elsa, and the Easter Bunny, March 30 - April 10. For details CLICK HERE!