Photo: P. Applegate

The wait is over, and we’re thrilled to let you in to the remarkable B&O CE-15!

The CE-15, nicknamed the porcupine, stands as a testament to innovation, marking a pivotal moment in locomotive design with its groundbreaking features. The B&O constructed this clearance car for the Civil Engineering Department. It is the only clearance car built and used by the B&O. The car was made by placing a caboose body on a flat car. As a locomotive slowly pushed the CE-15, any close obstructions pressed back the outstretched steel limbs and the crew recorded detailed measurements.  This is likely the last surviving clearance car in existence.

Its debut in January marks the kickoff of our series of unlocked trains, offering a firsthand look at history’s most iconic engines. Get ready to witness the legacy of the CE-15 up close and experience the innovation that shaped the rails we travel today!


Tours will be available between 10 AM – 4 PM.

Please note: This tour requires participants to climb stairs and walk on uneven pathways. For a completely physically accessible experience please see our virtual tour. Docent Tour Guides stationed near the locomotive can answer any additional questions about the history and physical description of the locomotive. Small children must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.


Included with Museum Admission. FREE for B&O Members.
Visit on Wednesday, January 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

Go inside the the B&O No. C-1775 Wooden Bobber Caboose!

July 10, 13 & 14

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

August 14, 17 & 18

June 21

6:30-9:30 PM

Sensory Inclusive Summer Camp

Week 1: June 24-28

The Battle at Monocacy Junction: How the Railroad Saved Washington

June 29 | Lecture @ 1:45 PM

June 30 & July 28

12-1 PM

July 4

10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

July 13

5 PM – 8 PM


Patrese T.
June 2021

I love that the museum is what remains of the old train yard and the number and variety of train cars is remarkable.

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