This June, visitors of the B&O Railroad Museum are invited to climb inside the iconic B&O No. 1961 Speedliner, also known as the BUDD Car.

This self-propelled streamliner revolutionized rail travel as a Rail Diesel Car (RDC) developed by the BUDD Company in 1949.

In 1956, the B&O recognized its potential, ordering two RDC trains for long-distance journeys. These innovative cars weren’t just sleek; they were believed to be more efficient, especially for short-haul commuter services in areas with lower traffic density.

Over the years, these RDCs transformed commuting, refining routes and even eliminating certain stops. The result? A remarkable 90-minute reduction in commuter run times, reshaping the way people traveled.

Join us in June to discover the legacy of the B&O No. 1961 Speedliner.


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, June 12 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

B&O Unlocked: Behind-the-Scenes Access Inside the Collection

March 13, 16 & 17: SEH No. 4 “St. Elizabeth”

Black History Month Free Film Screening

Hidden Figures – February 23

B&O’s 197th Birthday Party

February 25 @ 11 AM

Games with Trains

Saturday, March 2 @ 10 AM – 7 PM

Easter Weekend at the B&O

March 29-31

Sensory Inclusive Summer Camp

Week 1: June 24-28


Knoxville, TN

We did the train ride and our guide on board was excellent (history/information for the parents).

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