Join the B&O Railroad Museum for a celebration of “old-fashioned” railroading during our annual Steam Days the weekend of October 13 & 14. This year’s event will focus on Civil War period steam power and include a Civil War encampment.
Visitors will see two operating historic steam engines from the Museum’s collection. Climb aboard and ride behind the historic #4 St. Elizabeth. Built in 1950 by the H. K. Porter Company, the St. Elizabeth hauled coal for the U.S. Government’s St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington D.C.
Joining the St. Elizabeth will be the William Mason #25, the only operating Civil War steam engine in America, that pulled President Lincoln’s inaugural train. Built in 1856 by the Mason Machine Works in Taunton, Massachusetts, the William Mason’s design represents the most popular passenger locomotive configuration in the mid-19th century. Its 4-4-0 wheel arrangement, artistic curves, and elegant beauty, were widely recognized and so closely associated with American railroading that similarly designed locomotives became known as "American" type locomotives.
Passengers will ride west to the Whistle Stop Gateway located near the Museum’s Restoration Facility where they will be able to leave the train and visit a Civil War camp and see the William Mason under steam. In camp members of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company E and the 1st Maryland Volunteer Infantry will be on hand to talk about the life of Union soldiers during the war and will conduct demonstrations and military drill.
Joining the celebrations will be the following authors who will be signing copies of their books: Daniel Carroll Toomey noted historian and Guest Curator of The War Came By Train, Daniel Carroll Toomey will be signing several copies of Baltimore During the Civil War, The Civil War in Maryland, and Marylanders in Blue: The Artillery and the Cavalry. Kevin Rawlings, a.k.a Civil War Santa, will be signing copies of his book We Were Marching on Christmas Day: A History and Chronicle of Christmas During the Civil War.David Shackelford, Chief Curator of the B&O Railroad Museum, will sign copies of his book, A JourneyFrom Roads to Rails.
Daily programs will also include guided tours of the Museum’s new Civil War exhibit “The War Came by Train” featuring many of the Museum’s unique and one-of-a-kind Civil War period rail equipment.
Come experience a bygone era of railroading!
Train Ride Schedule for this event:
Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m., 12 Noon, 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 14 at 12 Noon, 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.
Please note that train rides depart promptly on-time. The museum reserves the right to change or cancel train rides in the event of inclement weather or equipment malfunction.
Please note that the Baltimore Marathon will be taking place on Saturday, October 13. Visit www.thebaltimoremarathon.comfor any road closures.