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Welcome to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Historical Society

The Society is dedicated to the preservation of and education about the history of America’s first Common Carrier Railroad, the Baltimore & Ohio. The Society has members all over the world across a variety of railroad interests from modeling to research to preservation.

The Society maintains a large archive of documentation from the Office of the Vice President of Operations and Engineering from the B&O Railroad. We are also the custodians of numerous photographs and other items of research. We are constantly publishing our findings through our Company Store. Our Archives area is open one weekend a month to facilitate members who which to pursue their B&O research efforts. The Society also publishes a quarterly magazine, The Sentinel. The Sentinel magazine can be delivered through the mail in hard copy format, or digitally downloaded from our web. Members can also choose to receive both the copy through the mail as well as the digital download edition for a slight additional fee. Each year, the Society also holds a major conference and two mini-conferences.

The B&O Railroad Historical Society is always welcoming new members. We have two levels of individual membership—Regular and Sustaining. Regular members get a year of our quarterly journal, The Sentinel. Sustaining members get a year of our journal and our Color Calendar. All levels of individual members enjoy discounts with our Company Store and the ability to attend our mini-conferences and our annual Convention. Become a member or check out the Membership link on the left for more information. There is also a web based membership application available. Become a B&O Railroad Historical Society Member. Fill out our online membership application.

We invite you to read about our Society history as well as a brief history of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Read about our history and a brief history of the B&O or investigate the Our Society area on the left. We would also suggest that you look at the wealth of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad historical information that is available through the many articles written for our quarterly magazine, The Sentinel. These magazines contain a wealth of information about the B&O and the railroad's early beginnings. The Company Store still has a few back issues available for sale to the public in magazine format, some going back to 1990. There are also three CD's available for sale that contain copies of virtually every Sentinel magazine printed since inception of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society through CY 2009. These magazine files are in "PDF" format.

The Society is also active in the development of new models that accurately represent an item of equipment that ran on the B&O during its existence. If anyone, whether it be a commercial entity or an individual with an idea that has a clear path to production, with recommended vendor, of a B&O product, please contact our Chairman, B&O Modeling Committee. Please see our Contacts button in the Navigation Bar above for a listing of Society contacts, including the Chairman, B&O Modeling Committee.

Young Historical Writers Challenge

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society is offering a program to encourage young writers to do research into B&O Railroad history. Students between ages 14 to 24 are encouraged to study, research, and write on the rich historical heritage of the B&O and how it played a major role in the development of the eastern half of the country. Check out our Young Historical Writers Challenge module for further information.

Donations to our Historical Society are Really Appreciated

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society needs your donations for programs that are beyond the budget covered by our membership dues and our Company Store sales. These are programs that are made possible by your donations. Please go to the DONATIONS button on the Navigation Bar at the top of this page to see the programs that need your help.

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Here are some B&O Railroad Historical Society items of note. Check 'em out!

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society has a new potential Archives Building.

An offer has been made, and accepted, for a 9,600 square foot building located in Eldersburg, Maryland. Paperwork and financing is now being negotiated. For a discussion of the purchase, as well as the ability to obtain naming rights for various areas, please review the flyer provided by this link.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society 2016 Western Mini-Con

Our Western Mini-Con is beginning to firm. Here is what we know so far: Date - May 14th; location - Lexington, Ohio; Clinics - B&O N-12 hoppers; CPL signals and their applications; the Shawnee Branch; Alex Campbell video; and a presentation by Allen Young on B&O china. We expect a flyer in the near future.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society 2016 Eastern Mini-Con

Our Eastern Mini-Con will be held July 30th at the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company, Lutherville, Maryland, on July 30th, 2016. See our flyer for full details.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society 2016 Annual Convention has also been set.

  • The convention will start on Thursday September 15 and end on Sunday September 18. The headquarters hotel is the Adams Mark Buffalo on 120 Church Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. It is located in downtown Buffalo near the lakefront. Group rates will be honored three days before group arrival and three days after group departure based on availability. The hotel will be the location for registration, presentation and the Company store.

  • The Society room rate will be $99 per night plus taxes for a Deluxe Double room. Please state the reservation is for the "Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society" block of rooms when you make your room reservation in order to get the room rate. You should call the hotel directly at 716-845-5100.

  • The Friday tour will start at the location of the former B&O/ BR&P Ganson Street yard and coal pier and visit station locations between Buffalo and Salamanca, New York. This will include the tower at Ashford Junction. On Saturday, the tour will visit B&O/BR&P facilities in Rochester, NY and stations on the Rochester sub-division. On Thursday and Friday, there will be three presentations each night and a presentation at the Saturday banquet. On Sunday, the Heritage Discovery Center will be open for the Society. It has the Western New York Railway Society museum and the Steel Plant museum.

The 1st quarter 2016 edition of The Sentinel electronic edition of our magazine is now available for download to all subscribers.

There was a Board of Directors meeting February 6, 2016 in Arbutus, MD. Minutes will be published as soon as they are approved.

For those of you who would like to consider a unique vacation by rail, here is an interesting site that was brought to our attention: America By Rail

Here is an up to date index of the topics that have appeared in the past in our The Sentinel magazine and its predecessors. Please go to our Company Store to check and see what issues are still available. While you are at it, please be aware that we have most issues broken down by decades that are available for sale in CD (PDF) format. While in the Company Store, please check on the Sentinel link in the left margin of our Company Store for a listing of all magazines that are still available in hard copy, or to order a CD.

We have several ways you can receive your quarterly magazine, The Sentinel? You can get your copy the traditional way by hard copy through the postal service. You can opt for a digital copy in place of your hard copy. Or, you can now opt for both methods of delivery for an additional fee of $10.00. To find out more about your delivery options for our magazine, The Sentinel, go to our Sentinel link.



Check Here for New Items Just Listed For Sale or Great Price Reductions on Some of Our Older Merchandise. See below for the most recent additions:

New Book-"B&O Thunder in the Alleghenies," by Deane Mellander. A softcover book of 80 pages first published in 1983 with B/W photos on the B&O lines from Brunswick to Cumberland, Cumberland to Grafton, and Cumberland to Connellsville. Mostly steam with a few covered wagon diesels. Captions serve as the text. If you are fairly new to interest in the B&O you may not have seen this book previously. To order, please see stock # 10148 in the Books link in our Company Store.



New Book-"Baltimore & Ohio Heritage 1945-1955," by John Krause and Ed Crist. A softcover book of 48 pages first published in 1978 with B/W photos throughout the B&O system. Mostly steam with a few covered wagon diesels. Extensive captions serve as the text. If you are fairly new to interest in the B&O you may not have seen this book previously. To order, please see stock # 10149 in the Books link in our Company Store.

B&O Photos and Society Projects


1st Quarter The Sentinel

EM-1 and sister on Swine Creek grade south of Middlefield, OH.
From 2014 Society calendar

1952-B&O and PRR station facilities Marietta, OH. From 2013 Society calendar


1971-East Plane (Mt Airy Junction. From 2016 Society calendar

Interested in more shots of B&O Railroad Historical Society events? Check out our SHOWTIME.


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