Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Movement of large Steam Locomotive Chesapeake & Ohio No. 1309 from Baltimore to Cumberland, MD for restoration and operation on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
"The transfer of C&O steam locomotive No. 1309 (2-6-6-2) to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad of Cumberland, MD is an incredible milestone for steam operations in the USA! With this transfer, the B&O Railroad Museum and Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will be preserving steam locomotive history for generations to come."
Chesapeake & Ohio No. 1309 will be lifted onto flat cars for the move to Cumberland, MD.  This Locomotive is special for several reasons.  C&O No. 1309 WAS THE LAST STEAM LOCOMOTIVE BUILT BY BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS FOR A DOMESTIC RAILROAD.  Once restored, this locomotive will also be the LARGEST ARTICULATED STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IN REGULAR OPERATION IN THE USA! Once restored, we will be operating every weekend from May - December.  Articulated explains the front wheels movement around curves.  This locomotive was build for tight turns and steep grades and is perfect for our Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. We would like to thank CSX and TTX for their donations and B&0 Railroad Museum, and Hulcher for their help in planning and executing this magnificent project. Approximate live feed time will be begin Thursday early morning, July 10.  Thank you TRAINS Magazine and Chase Gunnoe! We hope you enjoy the webcam...  We look forward to the next big move for No. 1309 once restored, which will be under steam! The link to sign up and watch this live feed is:
For more info, follow this project at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dale Schulz

The B&O Railroad Museum is pleased to recognize Dale Schulz as July's 2014 Volunteer of the Month!
Dale is one of our new volunteers who began in February 2014. He is already jumping in and helping out whenever he can. He has joined the G-scale layout group. He is always prepared to provide an extra pair of hands whenever needed. Travis Harry, volunteer coordinator, states, "He is usually the first one I call!"

Museum Staff extends a very special thank you to Mr. Schulz for all of his time, talents, dedication, and love of history. We are honored to have you on our team and could not do it without you.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Duncan Keir
Dale Schulz
John Jones
Ron Sperling
John Geist
Garry Pace

June 2014 Volunteer of the Month
The B&O Railroad Museum recognizes the April 25, 2014 Day Out With Thomas Train Crew as June's volunteer of the month. This group is deserving of this award because during the first train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine this year there was a problem with the diesel locomotive. The engineer quickly replaced the malfunctioned locomotive while the volunteer crew on board kept visitors informed of the situation and helped keep them entertained. Everyone followed instructions and made an unfortunate incident a good one for our visitors. So gentlemen thank you for sharing your time, talents, kindness, and love for history. Your ability to adapt and be flexible in any situation is greatly appreciated. We are so fortunate to have you on our team. Your dedication is priceless!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


The B&O Railroad Museum is pleased to recognize the Sunday Train Crew as the May 2014 Volunteer of the Month. The Sunday Train Crew is comprised of Owen Stedding,Gary Brukiewa, Craig Strohmer, and John Jones. They are deserving of the award this month because the Sunday before our train ride season started this year, they cleaned all of our passenger coaches from top to bottom. They vacuumed and mopped the cars so they would be clean for our visitors to enjoy our train ride. This was a huge task and greatly helps the staff here at the museum. So gentleman, thank you for sharing your time, talents, kindness, and love for history. We are so fortunate to have you on our team! We could not do it without you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Saturday, May 17 join chief curator of the B&O Railroad Museum, David Shackelford, for the release of his new book The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Maryland. Incorporated in 1827 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) was one of America's first railroads, and Maryland was its heart and soul. The B&O's creation was a tangible symbol of the Industrial Revolution, representing commerce and progress to towns along its route. Its headquarters and operations, centered in Baltimore, provided years of economic growth for a port city. This book contains images of well-known stations in Maryland, including Ellicott City Station, Gaithersburg Station, Camden Station, and the Mount Clare Shops, a self-contained industrial city, now home to the B&O Railroad Museum. Some stations still exist and are home to small museums or restaurants; others no longer stand, but images of them will remind even the casual historian of a time when railroads were once part of everyday life in America. Take a step back in time and revisit the sites, stations, and trains of the B&O that were once part of everyday life in Maryland and remember the glory of a bygone era. B&O Members may attend the book launch party and continental breakfast in the Roundhouse beginning at 9:00 a.m. R.S.V.P. to Jean Safrit by May 10th. Doors open to the general public at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Shackelford will be available for book signings until 12 noon. David Shackelford is also the author of A Journey from Roads to Rails, The Baltimore & Frederick Turnpike, the B&O Railroad, and Ellicott Mills, Maryland: 1800-1860.

Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m., Join thrillmaster and New York best selling author Steve Berry for the international release of his newest novel The Lincoln Myth in the B&O Roundhouse. Mr. Berry will give a keynote address on how history inspired the most compelling fiction and then will be on-hand to sign copies of his book. Books will be available for on-site purchase. Prepaid tickets are required and are $15 for adults and $5 for students with ID. A limited number of tickets for a very special "meet and greet" reception from 5:30pm - 6:30pm are available at $125 each and include a signed copy of his book. To purchase tickets click here. Proceeds from this event benefits Poe Baltimore, Inc., a non-profit charity whose mission is to preserve the history, life and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore. Berry's historical thrillers have been honored on the New York Times best seller list and Berry is the No. 1 International Best Selling Author among many other important literary awards.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

B&O Railroad Museum
April 25-27 & May 2-4, 2014

Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum April 25-27 & May 2-4. If you haven't purchased TICKETS CLICK HERE!! For event details click here.

If you have purchased tickets, following is some very important information that you should have for a great day!

1) Please arrive at least one hour prior to your scheduled train ride time to allow for traffic, parking, and getting through admissions. Your train ride ticket includes museum admission and all of the day's entertainment and activities. You are permitted entrance anytime during the following event hours with your scheduled train ride ticket - Fridays, April 25 & May 2 (9am-4pm), Saturdays, April 26 & May 3 (8:30am-6pm), and Sundays, April 27 & May 4 (8:30am-5pm). Please note that every person in your party (except children under age 2) must present a ticket for admittance. If other family members or friends would like to tag along for the day, the B&O Museum will be selling an on-site admission at $16 per person for ages 2 and up.

2) The B&O offers free parking at several of their parking lots. 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 may cause you extra time and frustration.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) Your scheduled train ride will board 15 minutes prior to the departure time. 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.

6) 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.

7) If you are late or miss your train ride time, please note that staff can not 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.

8) This event is rain or shine. Please remember to dress yourself and your family appropriately. Dressing in layers, rain gear, and sunscreen are advised.

9) 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.

10) For everyone's safety bags may be searched at anytime.

Thank you for your cooperation. Enjoy your day with Thomas!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

April 2014 Volunteer of the Month
Charlotte Ziegler

The B&O Railroad Museum is pleased to recognize Charlotte Ziegler as its April 2014 Volunteer of the Month. Charlotte has volunteered for the museum for over six years. She performs many job duties at the museum and we are extremely grateful for all of her help. She is a regular volunteer docent on Thursdays. Is one of the ladies in charge of Toddler Time, the first and third Wednesday of each month. Charlotte is probably best known around the museum during the holidays when she transforms into Mrs. Claus. Her costumes and accessories as Mrs. Claus and Civil War Mrs. Claus are sewn by her own two hands. When she is not assisting the curatorial and visitor services staff, Charlotte works behind the scenes helping the marketing department. Charlotte manages the media list,disseminates museum press releases, and submits events to on-line calendars. Charlotte, thank you for sharing your time, talents and love of history. The work you do is so appreciated by everyone who works or visits this museum.  We are so fortunate to have you as part of our team!