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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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Free Ride

In Maryland's capital city, Annapolis, one can take a free ride through the central business district on a trolley. Let's face it, not many rides are free in this day and age. But riding the trolley through town takes you to many interesting places.  Annapolis dates back to 1649 so needless to say, there is a very rich history associated with this city on the Chesapeake Bay. In fact, it served as the temporary capital of the United States in 1783 and 1784. More on the rich history in future post, today we have a simple street scene of  the aforementioned free ride trolley service.

Free Ride Trolley Service
Free Ride Trolley Service

Trolley cars have been around since the early 1800's when they were horse-drawn and helped build many cities. Even the modern versions of today maintain a bit of a retro look. I remember the tracks that ran the main streets of Baltimore and the overhead power lines that drove the "streetcar" of the late 50's. Yes, that was more than a few weekends ago, but I still remember. :-)

Free Ride - B&W
Free Ride - B&W

So if you are ever in the historic city of Annapolis Maryland, hop aboard the trolley and enjoy the free ride around town. The drivers will point out various points of interest and all are rather short walks from the trolley stop.

Thanks for visiting!

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