The War Came by Train
901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
The War Came By Train
The B&O Railroad and the American Civil War

The Civil War was the first major conflict where railroads played a prominent role, and the B&O was the major line that straddled a divided country. Between April 19, 1861 (The Baltimore Riot of 1861), and April 21, 1865 (Lincoln’s funeral train leaving Baltimore for Illinois), the B&O stood as witness and participant in the greatest conflict the United States has ever faced. The story that the B&O Railroad Museum can tell better than any other organization on earth is the story of how railroads and railroaders shaped the course of American history during pivotal moments of the conflict.  

The War Came by TrainThe War Came By Train is the B&O Railroad Museum’s commemoration of the American Civil War, featuring:
  • The National Landmark Roundhouse: The largest assemblage of Civil War railroad equipment in the world including eight locomotives and cars that served during the war, interpretive signage, video presentations, and life-size historic dioramas. Locomotives to be presented include The William Mason (1858), The Thatcher Perkins (1863), The Memnon (1848), The John Hancock (1836), and the Pioneer (1851). 


  • B&O TV Network and Website: During The War Came By Train, these media create online access to schedules of events, school-oriented curricula, and programming content directly related to the exhibits at the B&O. The website, which receives more than 3.5 million hits per year, provides distance access to educational materials, archival images, schedules, and program news. The B&O TV Network, hosted by TV’s Michael Gross, produces episodes about different ways the railroad impacted the war.  


Thanks to the supporters of The War Came By Train!
• Abraham and Ruth Krieger Family Foundation
• Adams Express Company
• Blaustein-Rosenberg Foundation
• Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division
• Brown Advisory
Century Engineering, Inc.
• The Classic Catering People
• Columbia Foundation
• Constellation Energy
• Fancy Hill Foundation
• France Merrick Foundation
• George S. Rich Family Foundation
• Harley W. Howell Charitable Foundation
• Maryland Arms Collectors Association
• Maryland Heritage Area Authority
• Maryland Historical Trust
• Maryland Humanities Council
• Maryland Scenic Byways Program
• McCormick & Company, Inc.
• North American Railway Foundation
• Northrop Grumman
• Paul S. Bridge
• T. Rowe Price Foundation
• William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Trust
For a group tour of this exhibit click here and scroll down to Tour 6

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