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“More than just about a Choo-Choo”

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
Ranked #8 of 226 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located at the site of the oldest railroad station in America, this museum traces the development of trains and features a huge collection of railroad memorabilia, a model railroad and an operating replica of the very first locomotive, The Tom Thumb, which was built here.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Baltimore, Maryland
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132 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“More than just about a Choo-Choo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

I'm not familiar with many train museums, but having had little boys growing up in the Baltimore suburbs, I know this one! Beyond the youngsters' "Just like Thomas" excitement, deeper and more adult conversations can take place when admiring the handsomely restored residents of the Round House.

This very spot was the gateway to the West for the early railroad barons, moving dry goods from the Locust Point factories (Domino Sugar, B&O grain, etc.) You can still catch a short ride on the first commercial railroad track ever laid.

In addition to commerce, this railroad line played an important role in the Civil War 150 years ago. "The War Came by Train" is a special exhibit through 2015 commemorating Baltimore's role in the war between the States, and it's very interesting. Stonewall Jackson damaged local railroad tracks and battled the North for control of these lines, burning whatever cars he could not take South. It makes one realize how jaded we have become to the logistics it takes to move troops around, and establish their supply lines. Interesting stuff here.

Visited May 2014
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WDC
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237 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Top attraction for entire family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

You do Not have to be a train "foamer" to enjoy this beautifully restored museum. It's literally a cathedral to rail transport in the USA, enhanced by dedicated volunteers who are eager to answer questions and complement your visit. Ample parking and close to both Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Ravens Stadium, as well as the many sights of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Visited June 2014
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Columbia, Missouri
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192 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A great walk in USA Railroad Americana!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

To see railroad engines that are early prototypes, Civil War engines, early 1900 through present, give a great snapshot of the evolution of the railroad and of our country that grew around it. The massiveness of some of the engine was only realized by standing next to them only, then, to realize that just the wheels were taller than you. Wow! The power alone to move the engine had to be great. An added element that made our visit even more enjoyable where the VOLUNTEERS throughout the museum who were alway available to assist and to add more to the story behind each train. What a treat!

Visited June 2014
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Burlington, Connecticut
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84 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Choo Choo!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

I was not as into this museum as the person that I was with, but it was still worthwhile nonetheless. The roundhouse was great and even just the construction and layout of the building was interesting to see. For an extra $3 you can take a 20 minute train ride but it's really not worth it. It's not a scenic ride by any means, it's supposed to be informational but it was hard to hear anything over everyone talking and kids crying. I wouldn't bother with it. You get enough out of the museum without it.

Visited June 2014
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Syracuse, New York
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“Best railroad museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

I've been to railroad museums across the country and this is the most informative and interesting I've experienced. Not just for "train nuts" like me. People of all ages, including plenty of kids, were enjoying the exhibits. An outstanding industrial history lesson.

Visited June 2014
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