There’s plenty of amazing history in and around the city of Baltimore. From famous writers, sporting events, important military events, and even the railroad. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was a vigorous part of the city for most of the past two centuries. Today it’s honored and remembered with a museum.
The B&O Railroad Museum is located on the oldest railroad manufacturing complex in the United States. The Mount Clare Station which began railroad passenger service in May of 1980 is considered the birthplace of American railroading. The station was constructed in 1851, the roundhouse which is part of the museum was built-in 1884 by Ephraim Francis Baldwin who was born in Troy, New York a town that’s just a few miles away from where I live.
The museum which honors and showcases the history of B&O Railroad, a company that was bought by Chessie System and then later the CSX Corporation. It showcases a number of original a replica train engines and other artifacts.
Even outside of the museum you can walk up and touch decommissioned train engines such as this B&O engine which is located in the parking lot.
While entering the museum you’ll find a number of different exhibits from trains to trains to trains and to even more trains. One of the things that you’ll also find is this statue. But it’s unlike any other statue as it talks.
There’s a few other things not quite related to trains and one of those is exhibits is about the Morse Code. Which at first you’d think why, but the answer is simple because this location is where the first Morse Code was sent. On May 24, 1844 Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first telegraph message to Washington, D.C. The message was “What hath God wrought?”
Continuing through the museum you’ll enter the roundhouse, a structure created years ago because trains weren’t designed to go in reverse. This specific roundhouse was created with a roof, some are not, they’re a lot like a lazy Susan in which they spin around to help the train turn around. Inside this one you’ll find a number of train engines ranging from numerous years and with many different designs.
Also there’s a replica of the train car that Abraham Lincoln used as he traveled through Baltimore. And yes, I shot Lincoln. With my camera and luckily this wasn’t the real guy.
Once you travel through the roundhouse you’ll go back outside into a courtyard where there’s a train you can ride as well as this old Chessie System engine.
There’s also a G-scale layout in which you can operate by pressing buttons located around it. There’s also a HO scale model and wooden model train located inside.
And like many museums there was a shop where you could buy memorabilia. From shirts to hats to well even a key chain with your name on it.
While I was impressed by all the trains I know there’s other people in my family that would have loved to visit. But at least I got him a gift.
Oh and this was on a building across the street.