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“I like the trains”

B&O Railroad Museum
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Owner description: The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is the oldest surviving train station in America, also many would argue that it is also the first station in America in general. The station was originally established as Freight Station only with passengers loading and unloading from a platform attached to the second story of the hotel that once existed across the street from the platform. In the 1850's the B&O decided to transform the station for passenger use as well as freight. The station was also an important transportation hub during the civil war moving both supplies and troops for the Union. The station continued as a passenger station until December 31st 1949 and as Freight Station until the 1970's. The station was than converted to a museum and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places. The management of the Museum has changed throughout the years, with Howard County Recreation and Parks taking over management from the site in September of 2017
Reviewed 1 September 2014

A great piece of history The trains going by were a plus. One again the people running it were friendly and helpful

1  Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

The B & O Railroad Museum offers the most amazing look into railroad history that I have ever experienced! If you have even a mild interest in the inner workings of the railway system, how railroads grew and evolved into what we see today, or you just like climbing about in antique rail cars, then this is the place for you!

Just pulling into the parking lot starts my imagination right up, as I am literally surrounded by trains and locomotives of all age, size, and color. It brings the mind to wonder where they have been, and what stories they have to tell.

The entrance of the historical station looks much like it did in old photographs, and I can almost envision the likes of Edgar Allan Poe stepping through the door to board a train.

Once inside, the ticket options include the attractions of this vast museum, Mile One Express train rides, and Choo Choo Blueville... just for kids. They even have special events on sale, with crowd pleasers like Choo Choo Soul!

The interactive exhibits, walk through experiences, and historical artifacts on display are nothing short of inspiring, culminating in the beauty of the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse.

1  Thank Angela A
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We got married at the B&O Railroad Station Museum in Ellicott City and it was awesome! The staff was super helpful, even moving big displays around so that our guests would have more room. It is CHEAP to use and they give you and your guests access to the entire museum, so that people have the ability to wander around before the ceremony starts. There are many places to take unique photos, and if you have a short informal ceremony you can do it outside so your guests can stand on the ramp and look down on your ceremony, which was great because we had a lot of Deaf friends so they could see the interpreters no matter where they were. It's not the fanciest, but it is a great value and a beautiful location.

Thank SB M
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We went there this past weekend, with the kids ages 9,10,14. They all enjoyed the visit. The docent in the beginning was very sweet and welcoming. The kids were thrilled at being able to touch certain things, and play in the caboose.

Thank ReneeH3
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

A friendly greeting on arrival to this informative museum, starting at ground level then ascending to trackside level with more displays and the goods shed containing a model railway layout.
It was here that I met the interesting custodian (part time) and after I had watched the layout for a while, spent over an hour talking about many subjects, making this a very enjoyable visit. I can't guarantee that he will always be there, but ask him if he has been to Scotland and if he has it's the right man.

Thank ManicUSAVisitor
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