This July, get ready to hop inside the B&O No. C-1775 Wooden Bobber Caboose

From the 1870s through the Great Depression, the B&O Railroad was building and purchasing “bobber” cabooses like the B&O No. C-1775. Named for their bumpy and unstable riding conditions, “bobbers” served as business offices, mobile lookout towers, and sleeping quarters.

No. C-1775 is a wooden 4-wheel caboose with a cupola window to allow better visibility for the crew. Some “bobbers” were built at the Mt. Clare shops and at smaller B&O shops. The Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad (B&S), a Pennsylvania coal and lumber line, built the No. C-1775 in 1907. The caboose received a new owner when the B&O took over the B&S in 1932. It was retired in 1953 and restored for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum as the only surviving caboose of its type.

Get to the museum before this piece of the collection is locked once again!

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Tours will be available between 10 AM – 4 PM.

Please note: This tour requires participants to climb stairs and walk on uneven pathways. A virtual tour will be available on-site via QR code. Docent Tour Guides stationed near the car can answer any additional questions about the history and physical description of the rail car. Small children must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.


Included with Museum Admission. FREE for B&O Members.
Visit on Wednesday, July 10 for $10 Admission Day!

More about the B&O Unlocked Series

Prepare to step into a world of exclusive access to a remarkable collection!

While these historical marvels have been glimpsed from afar, their doors have remained closed to most… until 2024.  Each month the B&O Railroad Museum will be choosing an item from the museum collection and be unlocking it for a limited time.

Secure your seat on this unprecedented journey through history by purchasing a B&O Membership — the ultimate ticket to explore and experience every hidden gem among these iconic trains. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the rails to history!

Step inside the complete 2024 series!

Upcoming Events at the B&O


Monthly Tours

Tour the B&O No. 7701 “Dreamland Sleeper”

August 14, 17 & 18

The Polar Express™ Train Ride

Nov. 29-30 & Dec. 1, 6-8, 12-15 & 18-22

July 1-31

Submit your creation!

Sensory Inclusive Summer Camp

Week 3: July 22-26

July 28 & August 11

12-1 PM

August 17-24

Workshops & More!

September 7

10 AM – 3:30 PM

Diesel Days are Back!

September 21 @ 12 – 2 PM

September 28

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Tails on the Rails

October 27 @ 2 – 5 PM


Janet F.
Morgantown, WV

As you moved through the roundhouse it felt like you were following a cohesive storyline through the early history of the railroad.

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