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

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

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 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

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 ( 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
  • 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.
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


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!

Friday, March 13, 2015

April Volunteer of the Month
On the evening of March 10 the B&O Railroad Museum Board of Directors and staff honored the volunteers of the B&O in Baltimore, Ellicott City Station, and Mount Clare Museum House at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Courtney Wilson, Executive Director, welcomed over 160 guests. After dinner, Chairman of the Board, Francis Smyth personally thanked everyone for all of their dedication and devotion to each museum site. Dave Shackelford, Chief Curator, provided a slide show about the future of the museum and a glimpse of the year in review. Travis Harry, Director of Operations, commenced the awards & recognition ceremony.

 The Unsung Hero Award went to Chris France
Chairman of the Board Frances Smyth congrulates Chris France
and the Lifetime Service Awards went to Bill Roman and Bob & Kathy Miller.
Courtney Wilson & Bill Roman
Frances Smyth, Bob Miller, Kathy Miller, & Courtney Wilson
Paul Bridge obtained the “Most Hours” and the Departmental Outstanding Service Awards were received by the following:
Catered Events: Virginia & Ralph Adams and Ruth & Mike Kline
Education: April Smith
Facilities & Maintenance: Jack Walsh
Library Archives: Bob Ullrich
Rail Operations: Dennis Marron
Restoration: Richard Reier
Visitor Services: Charlotte Zeigler
Ellicott City Station: Reid Rago
Mount Clare Museum House: Liz McCannell

A HUGE thank you to all Museums’ volunteers! We could not open our doors without you.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jean Safrit
On Thursday, February 5th, the B&O Railroad Museum hosted a retirement luncheon in honor of Ms. Jean Safrit for her 21 years of dedicated service as executive secretary and office manager of the museum. Over 40 staff and volunteers turned out for Jean's special day.
Courtney Wilson inducts Ms. Safrit in Society of the Iron Horse                  

Courtney Wilson, Executive Director, first presented Jean with two gift cards from the staff along with a commemorative signed and framed photo of the B&O Roundhouse. However Jean had mentioned on several occasions that she desired to possess the very snowy image of the Roundhouse that was taken around 4:00 p.m. on February 16, 2003 just a few hours before the Roundhouse roof collapse. Jean got her wish and was presented with this second framed photo in remembrance of that eerie afternoon and how its outcome affected all of our lives and the Museum's future. Next Mr. Wilson inducted Jean into the museum's prestigious lifetime membership program, the Society of the Iron Horse, an honor never before presented to an employee.
Steve Madewell awards Jean with a token of the staff's appreciation

The ceremony concluded when Steve Madewell, Director of Education, presented Jean with his creation "The Wine Line" that represented all of the phone calls that Jean has handled on behalf of the Museum over the past 21 years.
Thank You Jean!
 Jean, you will be missed so much by all of us, however we are all relieved knowing that you will be back to answer the phone during this year's Day Out With Thomas. Thank goodness!
Happy Retirement Jean! You deserve it!