Monday, February 15, 2016

B&O RR 189TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION DEBUTS YORK LOCOMOTIVE & TRAIN RIDES

clip_image002B&O Railroad’s 189th Birthday Celebration

WHEN: weekend of February 27 & 28; Saturday, 10am – 4pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
WHERE:
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223
ADMISSION: $18 adults, $16 seniors (60+), $12 children (2-12). Train rides are an additional $3 for adults and $2 for children
410-752-2490 / www.borail.org

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The debut of the York locomotive being returned to the B&O’s railroad collection
  • Train Rides along America’s first commercial mile of railroad right-of-way
  • C&O Canal Historical Society presentations of The Underground Railroad
  • Saturday Birthday Bash for Kids

clip_image002[5]In October 2015 the B&O Railroad Museum acquired at auction the locomotive "York" from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.   Acquisition of this 1926 replica of the 1831 B&O Railroad Locomotive “York” completes the Museum's collection of the three working replicas of early B&O locomotives built by the B&O's own Mt. Clare Shops in Baltimore for “The Fair of the Iron Horse”, a two-week long extravaganza held at Halethorpe, Maryland in the fall of 1927 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the B&O Railroad.  Now 81 years after the “York” landed in the Chicago museum’s collection, the “York” rejoins the Museum’s other two replicas built in 1927 for the Fair, Peter Cooper’s “Tom Thumb” (original 1830) and “Lafayette” (original 1837) on exhibit in the B&O Roundhouse.

A special weekend of train rides at the B&O Railroad Museum will also be offered at this celebration and depart on Saturday, February 27 at 11am, 1pm, and 2:30pm and Sunday, February 28 at 12:30pm and 2pm. This narrated twenty-minute train ride travels along the first commercial mile of railroad right-of-way laid in America.

The C&O Canal Historical Society presents The Underground Railroad and will be on-hand to discuss the significance of the canal and the competition that existed between it and the B&O Railroad in reaching transportation completion back in the early 1800s.

On Saturday, February 27, kids can participate in the Railroad’s Birthday Bash that includes train and party games, interactive education stations, and more at this railroad party.

About the B&O Railroad Museum:
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture, and economy. The Museum is home to the oldest, most important and comprehensive collection of American railroad artifacts in the world including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment. The 40-acre historic site is regarded as the birthplace of American railroading and includes the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse, and first mile of commercial railroad track in America. For further information on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, please call 410-752-2490 or visit www.borail.org