OCTOBER 2014 at the B&O in Baltimore
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. During all Saturdays and on Sunday, October 6, the museum will offer train rides behind an historic steam locomotive.
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 an historic steam engine. Your train ride journey allows you to watch steam locomotive demonstrations of an historic steam engine and 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.
Steam Train Rides & Demonstrations
Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18, & 25 at 11am, 1pm, & 2:30pm
During Saturdays in the entire month of October, celebrate steam power and steam engines at the birthplace of American railroading. Take a steam locomotive train ride behind an historic steam engine every Saturday. Educational programming highlights steam power of locomotives that traveled all along the B&O rail system.
Train Ride to Mount Clare Museum House
Saturdays, October 4, 11, 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!
Fair of the Iron Horse: 100 Years of Railroading in America
Saturday, October 11
Join Dave Shackelford, chief curator of the B&O Railroad Museum, for a presentation on the B&O Railroad's 100th anniversary celebration known as The Fair of the Iron Horse. Learn about the genesis of the celebration, the pagentry of the 23 day festival that generated over 1,300,000 visitors and how it helped save and preserve the collection that forms the B&O Railroad Museum today.
Ghost Stories & Tours of the B&O
Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26
11:30am & 1:30pm
Join us for a special weekend of ghost tours at the B&O Railroad Museum. Hear about spooky tales and happenings that occurred inside historic B&O buildings and along railroad tracks. No reservations required.
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.