NOVEMBER 2014 at the B&O in Baltimore
Roundhouse & Locomotive Restoration Tour
Saturday, November 1
Join the B&O Museum's restoration staff for a special guided tour of the Roundhouse featuring restored locomotives and rolling stock severely damaged in the February 2003 roof collapse. Learn about the Museum's restoration process and how these one-of-a-kind treasures were meticulously researched, restored, and returned to public display.
Train Ride to Mount Clare Museum House
Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 1:00 p.m.
Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 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 2
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.
Tickets sale for the Train Ride and Breakfast Buffet in the Roundhouse with Santa
Beginning Monday, November 3
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 6 & 13 and 7 & 14. Tickets on-sale beginning Monday, November 3, 2014.
Ticket sale for Holiday Story Time
Beginning Monday, November 3
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 6 & 13, Sundays, December 7 & 14, and Wednesday, December 17. Tickets on-sale beginning November 3.
Veterans Day Weekend
Saturday, November 8 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Sunday, November 9 (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.
B&O's Veteran Swing Dance
One evening only!! Saturday, November 8, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
It was the era of a toe-stomping Chattanooga Choo Choo -- a time when today's World War II veterans were young soldiers fighting a major war. To honor these brave men and women, the B&O Railroad Museum is hosting a Swing Dance inside its 1884 Roundhouse. Bumper Jacksons, recognized as the region's "Best Traditional Folk Band" at the Washington Area Music Awards last year, are re-imagining early jazz and street blues with power, tenderness, and in the spirit of a good old-fashioned dance party. Amateurs receive a 30-minute dance lesson beginning at 7pm. A portion of the proceeds benefit A Taste of Home, apolitical and non-partisan organization that provides acts of kindness for Maryland's sons and daughters in harm's way. Beer, wine, sodas, and light snacks available for purchase. Costume or period dress encouraged but not required.
In-advance: $20 for B&O Members, $25 for the General Public, $45 for Couples
At-the-door: $30 for B&O Members, $35 for the General Public, $60 for Couples
Call 410-752-2462 x 212
Master Docent Series: Model Railroad Tour
Saturday, November 15
Join a senior museum docent and learn about the joy of model railroading through the B&O Railroad Museum's world-class collection. This guided tour will highlight an incredible collection of model and toy trains on public display including scale models from the Smithsonian Institution, the "HO" scale layout in te C&O No. 725 passenger coach, the garden layout in the Museum's backyard area, and culminates with a rare view of one-of-a-kind models from the Museum's collection currently not on display.
Thursday, November 27
Museum closed in observance of Thanksgiving.
The B&O's Magical Holiday Express
Saturday, November 22 - Wednesday, December 31
Museum closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day
Mark your calendars for the B&O's Magical Holiday Express devoted to trains of all sizes, your favorite holiday characters, and a train load of fun for the entire family! Please check back for all the details.
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.