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by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
August 14, 2003
I remember this place as the "Roundhouse" and not its proper name. The main building is an old round engine storage building, built circular with a large turning platform in the middle. Engines were stored on tracks radiating from the center of the room, hence the shape of the place and the name.
These days though, much of the stuff inside The Roundhouse is more about railroad history and artifacts. There are also scale model trains upstairs, the sorts of which many keep at home as a hobby. Some life-sized train engines and cars are still kept inside, but much of the collection is outside in the yard. The collection goes many eras, and it is neat to see some of the old reliables side-by-side with some of the newer trains. Diesel and electric engines are there, but I can't remember if any old-style coal engines are there. A few of the trains are past prototypes. However, nothing on the site really represents the current era. No Amtrak contributions, although some of the B&O engines go back as recently as the early-90s.
The museum also owns a number of miles of track past the museum proper. Rides on various trains are offered, and you can check with the museum when rides are and how long they run.
Another real fun area is the restoration building. This is a large building open to the public where people work on restoring the museum's more recent acquisitions.
This museum is a load of fun for kids and for adults who love trains.
From journal Baseball, Baltimore
June 30, 2001
The oldest building on the site, Mont Clare Station, dates to 1851 and many of the artifacts pre-date 1900. However, there are also many working examples of more-modern railroad equipment such as the diesel-electric locomotives that replaced steamers after World War II and powered that era’s streamlined ‘Capitol Limited’ and other luxury passenger trains.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s ultimate successor company, CSX Transportation, turned the museum over to a non-profit educational foundation in the 1990’s and is no longer affiliated with it. At 901 Pratt St., the museum is about a mile and a quarter due west of the Inner Harbor and Convention Center. Admission for adults is $8.
Many of the historical details in this report were provided by the Empire State Railway Museum’s Steam Passenger Services Directory and the B&O Railway Museum’s own website, which I encourage you to visit at
The B&O Museum allows photography for personal use, but photos taken on its property may not be published or used commercially without written permission. If you enjoy seeing century-old machines still doing exactly what their designers intended them to do, you'll love this place.
From journal The photogenic face of BALTIMORE