The B&O's charter called for building a railroad from Baltimore to the Ohio River so goods could be transported to and from the Baltimore Seaport. Today we rode over the first mile of track that was laid in the 1830's. The museum is housed in the original B&O round house and the passenger car repair shop, both dating back to the 1850's.The collection here runs from the Peter Cooper's simple small Tom Thumb to the B&O's largest, 'The Allegany'. Here a few.
Some of you may have heard of the "Big Boy" locomotive of the Union Pacific Railroad. A 4-16-4 style locomotive that had 16 drive wheels, was 136 feet long and was able to haul huge amounts of cargo. But the "Big Boy" operated over fairly level and straight terrain.
Now that you've had a taste of this amazing museum, if you find yourself in Baltimore, or even close by, plan a stop. You won't regret it.