Get ready for a historic holiday treat this December!

This December, take a step inside the B&O No. 4500 “Mikado,” a locomotive steeped in both historical significance and festive cheer.

Shortly after the nationalization of railroads during World War I, the No. 4500 “Mikado” emerged as a pioneer. It was the inaugural locomotive crafted according to the stringent standards set by the United States Railroad Administration (USRA), setting a benchmark for excellence in locomotive construction.

But that’s not all — the Mikado doesn’t just shine with historical importance. During the holiday season, it undergoes a magical transformation, becoming the beloved Polar Express! Decked out in festive decorations and brimming with seasonal cheer, the Mikado comes alive to whisk passengers away on a magical journey to the North Pole.

Join us this December to climb aboard the B&O No. 4500 “Mikado”!


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 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.

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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