NOVEMBER 2013 at the B&O in Baltimore
Tickets sale for the Train Ride and Breakfast Buffet in the Roundhouse with Santa
Monday, November 4
Enjoy a full breakfast buffet while visiting and having your photo taken with Santa. Enjoy a magical display of toy and model trains at the B&O’s Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys event and a ride on the Museum's indoor Train Carousel. Then “All Aboard” the Mile One Express for an exclusive train ride with Santa! Space is limited; advance prepaid reservations required for the following weekend breakfast dates: December 7 & 8 and 14 & 15. To purchase tickets on or after Monday, November 4 contact Dana Kirn at 410-752-2462 x 221. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets on sale now for Holiday Story Time
Monday, November 4
Children and families enjoy a favorite holiday story with a snack of cookies, milk and hot chocolate. Then "All Aboard" the Mile One Express for an exclusive train ride with Santa! Space is limited; advance reservations required for the following dates: Saturdays, December 7 & 14, Sundays, December 8 & 15, and Wednesday, December 18. To purchase tickets on or after November 4, contact Dana Kirn at 410-752-2462 x 221. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.
Train Ride to Mount Clare Museum House
Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16, & 23 at 11:00 a.m.
Sundays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24, at 12:30 p.m.
With paid admission to the B&O Railroad Museum, you may purchase a train ride ticket to visit Mount Clare Museum House. Learn the story that connects these two great sites. Tickets for this trip are $5.00 for adult , $4.00 for children, and free for B&O members. Please note that Mount Clare Museum is limited in handicap accessibility and restroom facilities. Please note that the B&O Museum reserves the right to cancel or change train rides in the event of inclement weather, equipment malfunction, or special event days.
Restoration Facility Tour: the New, the Old, & the Restored!
Sunday, November 3
Take the 1:00 p.m. train ride for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s state-of-the-art restoration facility constructed in 2005 to restore and maintain the museum’s locomotive and rolling stock collection. This guided tour is an up-close and personal look at the shop including the machinery used in the restoration process and a peek at some of the “Iron Horses” currently being maintained and restored. Duration of the tour is 1 hour with an additional 15 minutes for train ride to and from the restoration shop. Space is limited to 25 people for age 13 and up. Train ride and tour is $11.00 per person with paid admission.
Veterans Day Weekend
Saturday, November 9 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Sunday, November 10 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Salute the military and veterans at the B&O! Join us for special living history presentations by members of the 4th Infantry Division Military Police Unit on our WWII Troop Sleeper. Vintage military vehicles will also be on display. Veterans with military identification receive FREE admission on these two event days.
Thursday, November 28
Museum closed in observance of Thanksgiving.
Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys
November 29 - December 31
Monday-Saturday (10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Sunday (11 a.m.- 4p.m.)
Celebrate the holiday season at Baltimore’s largest holiday display of toy and model train layouts. Civil War Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive in the William Mason #25 locomotive to the Roundhouse at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 29. Visits throughout the day with Civil War Santa. Weekend train rides and photo opportunities with Santa through December 22. Weekend train rides and photo opportunities with Frosty the Snowman through December 29. All ages enjoy indoor train carousel rides and crafts at Santa's North Pole. Children may mail their letters to Santa too. Don't miss seeing the Honorable William Donald Schaefer's toy train layout and some of his treasured holiday memorabilia. Plus the new exhibit Home for the Holidays where you learn how the B&O Railroad celebrated the holidays, hear recordings of Christmas carols by the B&O's Glee Club, learn about the famous employee decorated Holly Tree, and see the historic art and print images of Santa Claus as depicted by the famous illustrator Thomas Nast and B&O staff artists.
Civil War 150th Anniversary
The War Came By Train
Now – May 30, 2015
Monday-Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Sunday (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
The American 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 witness and participant in the greatest conflict the United States has ever faced and changed the course of American history. The War Came By Train serves as the B&O Railroad Museum’s primary attraction for the five year commemoration of the War’s sesquicentennial. The National Landmark Roundhouse will exhibit the largest assemblage of Civil War railroad equipment in the World featuring locomotives and rail cars that served during the war, significant military and personal artifacts that will change annually to portray each year of the war (some artifacts have never before been on public display), and a narrated, round trip train ride to the original site of Camp Carroll, the largest Union encampment in Baltimore. New exhibits added for 2013 include the 150th anniversary of West Virginia's Statehood and the involvement of the B&O Railroad in its creation, design, and use of armored railroad cars, the Confederate raid against the B&O Railroad in Western Maryland known as the Jones-Imboden Raid and one of the war's largest movements of troops to the battlefront via railroad from Virginia to the Battle of Chattanooga. B&O Railroad executives worked directly with the Lincoln Administration in organizing and managing this rail movement never before attempted in such a short period of time. Significant artifacts and hand-made models, all on loan from private collections, are included in this year's edition of the exhibit and help bring human interest stories to life.