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The War Came By Train – Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

Posted By on May 22, 2012

National Train Day was celebrated on 12 May 2012 at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Railroad Station.  There were rail equipment displays, model railroads, and exhibits designed to focus on the importance of railroads past, present and future.

One exhibit worth noting that related to the Civil War was presented by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum of Baltimore and Ellicott City, Maryland.  Museum Executive Director Courtney B. Wilson was on hand to greet visitors to National Train Day with information on special events and exhibits that focus on “The War Came By Train:  The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad During the Civil War.”

A video on the web site of the Museum explains and promotes the exhibit:


A poster advertising the exhibit, which runs from April 2011 through May 2015, was distributed at National Train Day:

Special programs at each of the two sites were described:

For further information on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum, go to the web site.

The importance of Baltimore and of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to the residents of the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania has been emphasized many times on this blog. For previous posts mentioning the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, click here.  For prior posts on the Northern Central Railroad which had its southern terminus in Baltimore, click here.  When traveling by rail to Washington, residents of the Lykens Valley took Northern Central Railroad trains to Baltimore and then moved across city streets to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station (Camden Station) where they boarded the train for Washington.

The Old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. was pictured as part of the post describing Laura Keene‘s departure from Washington and is shown again below:


The Camden Station in Baltimore of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was also featured in a previous post:

Finally, a map showing the three major train stations in Baltimore and the distance between them was also previously featured.  Two Baltimore stations provided service to/from Pennsylvania – one for trains to/from Harrisburg and one for trains to/from Philadelphia.  Click on map below to enlarge:

Click on map to enlarge.

There was no rail connection between the Baltimore stations, so passengers traveling north from Washington or south to Washington had to travel by horse-drawn cars or walk between stations in order to make connections.


One Response to “The War Came By Train – Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum”

  1. ohio railroad says:

    Who organized this functions? It was very good. My relatives were there.

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