OCTOBER 2014 at the B&O in Baltimore
Tickets on-sale for Disney Jr.'s Choo Choo Soul
beginning Tuesday, July 1 at 9:00 a.m.
Event Date: One day only!! Saturday, October 11, 2014
Two Performances: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.For one day the B&O Railroad Museum presents two performances by Disney Jr.'s Choo Choo Soul. Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer, DC, as they entertain families while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABC's and 1-2-3's. For more information, please click here.
Tickets on-sale for the B&O's Veteran Swing Dance
beginning Tuesday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m.
Event Date: 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 are 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
October is Steam Power Month
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
During the entire month of October, celebrate steam power with engaging programs relating to the museum's historic one-of-a-kind steam engine collection. Saturdays October 4, 18, & 25 at 1:00pm and on Sunday, October 6, the museum will offer train rides behind an historic steam locomotive. Click here for details.
presented by Capital One Bank
Wednesday, October 1
Toddler Time is held at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month through October. Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, and take a kiddie train ride through Choo Choo Blueville – all included with paid admission. Recommended for ages 2-5. Please note that this event promptly begins on time.
Civil War Steam Days Weekend
October 4 & 5
Saturday, 10am - 4pm & Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Steam Train Rides & Demonstrations:
Saturday, October 4 at 11am, 12 Noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Sunday, October 5 at 12 Noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Celebrate steam power and steam engines at the birthplace of American railroading. Take a steam locomotive train ride behind historic steam engine, the St. Elizabeth #4. Your train ride journey allows you to stop and watch a steam locomotive demonstration of the historic steam engine, the Lafayette. You may also observe a Civil War encampment on the museum's west end, near the site of Baltimore's largest Union encampment during the American Civil War. Educational programming highlights steam power of locomotives that traveled all along the B&O rail system. Click here for details.
Steam Train Rides & Demonstrations
Saturdays, October 4, 18, & 25 at 11am, 1pm, & 2:30pm
Take a steam locomotive train ride behind historic steam engine, the St. Elizabeth #4. Educational programming highlights steam power of locomotives that traveled all along the B&O rail system. Click here for details.
Train Ride to Mount Clare Museum House
Saturdays, October 4, 18, & 25 at 1:00 p.m.
Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, & 26 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 adults, $4.00 for children, and free for B&O members. Please note the Mount Clare Museum House has limited handicap accessibility and restroom facilities. 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.
Tuesday, October 7
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visitors receive half off regular admission rates the first Tuesday of every month at the B&O Railroad Museum! All aboard for the most important American railroad collection in the world!
Disney Jr.'s Choo Choo Soul
Saturday, October 11
Two performances: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Tickets on-sale July 1
For one day only the B&O Railroad Museum presents two performances by Disney Jr.'s Choo Choo Soul. Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer DC as they entertain kids while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABC's and 1-2-3's. This one hour show will have young railroad lovers, Thomas the Tank Engine fans, and families singing and dancing to the beat at the birthplace of American railroading. For more information click here.
Exclusive Film Screenings of Railroad Alaska at the B&O
Tuesday October 21, Thursday October 23 & Sunday October 26
The B&O Railroad Museum is proud to partner with Destination America during Steam Month by providing its visitors exclusive film screenings of an all new season of Railroad Alaska. Watch how brakemen, engineers, construction crews, and mechanics battle ferocious weather and treacherous terrain to keep the State of Alaska's critical 500-mile long railroad rolling through the extreme winter. Season 2 of Railroad Alaska premieres October 25th at 10pm only on Destination America. Click here for more details about Steam Month.
Toddler Time Halloween Celebration & Costume Parade with Choo Choo Blue
presented by Capital One Bank
Wednesday, October 29
Join us for the year’s last Toddler Time, featuring a classic railroad story and Halloween celebration.Choo Choo Blue, the museum's mascot will lead the costume parade of children around the Museum campus to collect special treats. Kiddie train ride too through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville! All included with paid admission. Recommended for children between the ages of 2-5. Please note that this event promptly begins on time.
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.