In this post I am launching my series on railroading, which I've planned for some time. After reading Len Saltiel's excellent post entitled "All Aboard", I thought it was high time I began processing the large collection of photos sitting on one of my external hard drives. I've long been passionate about railroads and the history of that industry, so we shall begin with the first common carrier and one of the oldest railroads in the United States, the B & O (Baltimore & Ohio), located in Baltimore's Mount Clare Station. This site began as B & O in 1829 but can be traced back to 1760 when the land was owned by Charles Carroll Barrister. For those reasons it is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The image below was taken in the rail yard that leads to the roundhouse, a structure that rotated trains to various tracks after entering. Everything in this yard has been long out of service and retired.
Next we'll have a look at the roundhouse exterior and connecting buildings. It's a huge structure that is now a museum which houses many trains, some dating back to the early 19th century, including the Tom Thumb of the 1830s.
In future posts we'll have a look at some vintage train cars on this historic site and share some of the history associated with the B & O Railroad.
Be sure to check back often as this will be an ongoing series for some time. If you like trains, I think you'll enjoy what lies ahead.
Thanks for visiting!