B&O Railroad Museum

Locomotive 305

Happy July 4th America!

Independence Day, celebrated by many countries around the world, came to America in 1776 and is commonly known as the Fourth of July. There will be many outdoor activities since this occurs during the early Summer. Cookouts, days spent at the beach, family outings at theme parks, all will culminate with celebratory fireworks displays.

It's a day of pride and patriotism.

Since that proud and joyous day back in 1776, this country has developed into a huge nation, part of which was made possible with the large contribution of the railroad industry. Businessmen and inventors forged alliances to begin the process of building railways in the 1820's with the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) being incorporated in 1827.

I have visited the B&O Railroad Museum many times and since that industry played a key role in America's expansion, I thought it appropriate to highlight one of the historic pieces housed there today.

Enter Locomotive 305.

Camelback Locomotive 305
Camelback Locomotive 305

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One of the centerpieces of the B & O Railroad Museum is the completely restored Camelback Locomotive built in 1869. Of the several hundred built with this design, only two remain, making this an extremely rare piece of history.  In 2003, heavy snows caused the roof to the museum to collapse, severely damaging many of the historic cars housed inside, including this one. The restoration work was completed and the unit returned to the roundhouse in June of 2011.

During the restoration it's original number 305 was returned, it had been renumbered 217 back in 1884. But now she stands as a symbol of ingenuity, strength and pride.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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The Capitol Limited

In 1923 the B & O Railroad introduced it's flagship car, the Capitol Limited to the public. It was a full-service rail car with plenty of amenities and an emphasis on luxury. Sleeper service, barbers, chefs and a variety of other creature comforts were available for the asking. The initial route included service to New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Washington DC. There were also stops in Philadelphia via connections with the Jersey Central and Reading Railroads. For nearly half a century, this was the way to go in the northeast and north central US, but it all ended in 1971 when Amtrak took over the majority of the passenger service in America.

Below are a couple of shots I captured during a visit to the B & O Railroad Museum earlier this year. Both show one of these now vintage luxury trains in the Railroad Car Works, where refurbishment projects are conducted. This train will no doubt become a museum attraction and be preserved for railroad lovers to enjoy.

Below we have a shot of the rear door, showing some fair wear and tear but in relatively good shape after many years of running the rails.

The Capitol Limited - Rear Door
The Capitol Limited - Rear Door

Next we have an aisle view of the cars that make up this particular grouping. Should be quite an experience going through this train when restored.

The Capitol Limited
The Capitol Limited

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 Thanks for visiting!

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Return to the Rail Yard

In this post we return to the historic B & O Railroad Museum yard where we saw the weathered locomotive,  and other out of service cars resting on the rails.  I recall my excitement at the number of rail cars scattered about, each of which provided an opportunity to capture one of my favorite topics. It was an overcast morning when I arrived, as shown in the drab and dreary sky below, but that soon gave way to brighter skies.

B & O 557037
B & O 557037

Having always been fascinated by the railroad, I've captured a large collection of images over time.

The refurbished red caboose below was a nice sight to see.

Refurbished Red Caboose
Refurbished Red Caboose

While the new and refurbished cars are lovely to look at, so are the rusting and well worn vehicles with plenty of mileage and history attached. Hopefully the car below makes it's way into the shop for some much needed overhauling. It's going down fast and will soon be pretty far gone as you can see.

Rusting CSX Rail Car
Rusting CSX Rail Car

Hope you enjoyed the quick peek at these old work horses.

Have a wonderful day!

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