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Name: B&O No. 7100

During the 1950’s, the B&O Railroad began to decrease local rail service and MDOT began to subsidize commuter rail in Maryland. In 1981, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) took possession of the MARC #7100 (model F7-A) locomotive, which was rebuilt from the B&O Locomotive #4553. Branded as MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) in 1984, MDOT began taking over greater authority over regional passenger rail service. MARC outfitted #7100 as a non-powered cab control unit – meaning, the engine was removed but the controls remained so that the engineer could operate the train from the opposite end of the train from the engine unit. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), which now operates MARC, donated the #7100 to the B&O Railroad Museum in 2010.


 

 

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