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!

Friday, March 28, 2014

The War Came By Train 1864

This year's exhibit includes some rare and unseen artifacts related to the Battle of Monocacy, Mosby's "Greenback Raid" on the B&O, Lincoln's train trip to Baltimore for a charity affair, the design and development of Blockhouses as fortifications for B&O bridges and daring Confederate Johnson-Gilmore Raid through Carroll, Baltimore City and County, Harford, and Montgomery Counties. 

The Battle of Monocacy includes the rare uniform coat of Union Major John Yellot who fought for the Potomac Home Brigade during the engagement. The exhibit also includes a sword, knapsack, and an artillery shell used in the battle.
Enfield Rifled-Musket used in the Battle of Monocacy      

A rare Confederate knife, hand written note and photograph from one of Colonel John Mosby's (nicknamed the "Gray Ghost") Rangers who perpetrated the famous "Greenback Raid" on a B&O train will be showcased.

A scale model of a B&O "Blockhouse" commissioned for the B&O Railroad Museum will help illustrate the first use of these structures as a railroad bridge fortification.
Civil War Blockhouse

Finally the uniform coat of Confederate General Bradley T. Johnson, a knife carried by Confederate partisan ranger Harry Gilmor and a belt worn by a Maryland Confederate will illustrate the dashing raid through the Baltimore area countryside during the summer of 1864. If you live in the Baltimore metropolitan area you might just find out that the War was right outside your door!
General Bradley T. Johnson
Colonel Harry Gilmor
These artifacts have been generously loaned by a number of private collectors and Maryland institutions. They will only be on exhibit at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore from April 12, 2014 - March 2015. Don't miss them!

Friday, February 28, 2014


The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Ellicott City Station, and Mount Clare Museum House could not operate and provide wonderful events and programs for you without the support and dedication of our B&O Volunteers. They help in every area of the museum - greeting guests, operating locomotives, giving guided tours, restoring rail equipment, and working in the archives. On March 13, the annual B&O Volunteer Dinner will be held to honor all of our valuable volunteers and to recognize them on their excellent service over the past year. If you are interested in volunteering at a B&O Museum, visit for more information or call Travis Harry at


Thursday, February 20, 2014

From the Vault: George Klein Models a Masterpiece, 1995

 Located in the museum’s North Carshop is a true masterpiece of steam technology. It is the President Washington #5300, a lone survivor and the first of 20 similar locomotives purchased by the B&O from the Baldwin Locomotive Works. Located near the engine is another masterpiece depicting the interior workings of the #5300. Built of brass by a gifted and dedicated museum volunteer named George Klein, it is a true one-of-a-kind scale model. The following article details the incredible work that went into the project and appeared in the museum’s newsletter The Roundhouse Review in the summer of 1995. 

George Klein Models A Masterpiece

It all started when Shawn Cunningham, the museum’s assistant director asked George Klein if he was working on anything new…and gee, wouldn’t it be great if his next project was a replica of a steam engine with parts exposed that visitors didn’t normally see. Any other modeler may have looked at Shawn like he had had one too many cups of railroad coffee, but George liked the idea and started to think.  

What happened next began an 1,535 hours (over a two year period) labor of love- the B&O Class P7 #5300 all brass one inch scale model. This extraordinary original is displayed just inside the Roundhouse.

George told us that “Bruce Hamilton provided me with the blueprints…an original set of 1927 B&O blueprints. The scale size bolts, studs, rivets and staybolts are in the same quantity and location as the full size engine and exactly to the blueprints.”

Weighing 106 pounds and consisting of 4,500 components, all moving parts such as brake rigging, journal boxes, wheel alignment adjusters, spring equalizers, throttle lever and valve, grates, ash pan linkage, piston valves and pistons all move in their respective positions.

Inside the boiler can be found all 212 scale size small tubes and 40 scale size large flue tubes that contain the superheater pipes, the same as a full size engine.

The B&O Class P7 #5300 is a “true” model, that is it was not intended to be a live steam model. It is a significant educational piece and a beautiful work of art. George Klein has been a volunteer with the museum since 1989. A demure gentleman with considerable talents, George has continued to bless us with his many gifts. With a big smile, he says of his latest achievement, “it was fun and a great challenge.”

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February 2014 Volunteer of the Month

February 2014 Volunteer of the Month

Richard Groenwald

Richard has volunteered at the museum for the last 3 years. His main job has been helping to maintain the HO Model Layout. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to model trains and also anything electronic. The bad news is Richard and his wife are moving to Michigan. And we will also be missing her delicious baking as Richard would bring in treats every week for the Friday crew.

Richard, thank you for sharing your time, talents, kindness, and love for history.   We are so fortunate to have you on our team! We wish you the best and hope to see you soon!