This May, prepare to step inside a rare gem of rail history: the PEPCO No. 43!

This exceptional locomotive isn’t your ordinary steam engine—it’s a unique “fireless” steam locomotive crafted by Heisler Works in Erie, PA.

PEPCO No. 43 stands as one of only 50 of its kind ever built, defying convention with its innovative design. After its tenure, a new chapter unfolded for this marvel. Restored to its former glory in 1979 by PEPCO, it found a new home at the Smithsonian Institution before being graciously donated to the B&O Museum in 2009.

Join us this May for an exclusive glimpse into the legacy of the PEPCO No. 43. Witness firsthand this rare and remarkable piece of locomotive history that pushed innovation in rail travel!

Tours:

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.

Admission:

Included with Museum Admission. FREE for B&O Members.
Visit on Wednesday, May 8 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

2024

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

WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:

2020
Award

Voted Washington Parent's Best Museum Winner 2020

Close Search