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Welcome to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society

About Us

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.

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 2017 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society Convention set for Cumberland, Maryland

The 2017 convention will be held in conjunction with the Western Maryland Historical Society. A formal flyer with convention details will be published early summer. In the meantime, here is some preliminary information. The Cumberland Ramada Inn Hotel will be the convention hotel where the presentations and banquet will be held. One day will focus on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and the rebuild Mallet steam locomotive 1309. This will include a visit to the shops before the group departs with 1309 on the regularly scheduled train to Frostburg. The second day will be a bus tour with tour to Westernport and the paper plant in Luke and a tour to Sand Patch and Meyersdale as candidates. The tours for both days are still being planned. There will be presentations and a banquet. The Company Store will be present. Stay tuned for more.

The Sentinel Magazine - New Issue

1st Quarter of The Sentinel magazine was mailed to members January 9, 2017. The electronic version is now available for download. A copy of the Sentinel inserts are also available on the download page. Click either here or on the picture to the left for a low resolution copy of 6 pages from this edition. Page two of this sample has a table of contents showing all the topics covered by this edition.


Index for Sentinel magazines. 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 on CDs broken down by decades. The issues on these CDs are in PDF format to be viewed on computer. 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. You can also order a CD or CDs from this link as well.

Eastern 2017 Mini-Con at Eldersburg, Maryland, new home of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society

The Eastern Mini-Convention is tentatively scheduled for July 15, 2017, to be held at the new headquarters for the Society at Eldersburg, Maryland. Information on this event will be provided as it becomes available.


Western 2017 Mini-Con at Willard, Ohio

The Western contingent of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society is planning another great mini-con this year, this time in the famous B&O town of Willard, Ohio. For detailed information on the mini-con, please see this Flyer, or click on the logo to the left. The 2017 Ohio mini-con is set for Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Willard Depot Museum in Willard, Ohio.


The B&O Railroad Historical Society has a new home

  • In the Spring of 2016, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society purchased a 9,600 square foot building in Eldersburg, Maryland, to house the archives and historical legacy of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, perform research on the history of the B&O, produce publications for the Society, and conduct sales of historical or historically related B&O products. The new building is a masonry block structure built in the 1950s. There is space for over 40 cars to park. Upgrades to the building have been done over the years as the use and purpose changed over its lifetime. To make the building and spaces suitable for Society use, there are structural repairs, both inside and out, as well as extensive refurbishing required to get the building up to a lever that permits productive use by us. We now have space that triples storage for archives material, a separate office, space for the company store, general storage space, and an auditorium for meeting and future mini-cons. Financial assistant from members and others is always welcome to help support this effort. Donations are tax deductible and can be submitted to the Society following guidelines provided in our Donations link here.

Easy Way to Change Your Address. Members can change their mailing address by email if they want to save postage and for added convenience. Did you know that you can also change your email address by using the same method? Keeping a current email address on file is important as it is a quick way to check with you if there is a question on a Company Store order, a renewal, or for any other issue that may arise. We recognize that people move, and that may also mean that your email address changes as well. So in addition to sending in your mailing address by email, please let us know if your email address will be changing as well. To send in any changes, please click on the following link and don't forget to include your member number. Click here to let us know your new moving or email address.

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. As of November 1, 2016, we have 85 members receiving the digital download of our magazine. A great number are also receiving the paper copy through the mail.




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:

Price reduction on 2017 Society Calendar. Yes, 2017 has now begun. But for those of you who have not yet bought your 2017 wall calendar, we have just reduced our stock to $10.00. And yes, Society members receive a 10% discount on top of the price reduction. Check them out in the Calendars link in our Company Store.

Price reduction on 2014 Society Sentinel magazines. For those of you who are interested in having one of our 2014 magazines, we have just reduced our stock to $5.00 each. And yes, Society members receive a 10% discount on top of the price reduction. Check them out in the Sentinels link in our Company Store.

"Baltimore & Ohio, Best of Bob Collins", by Bob Withers. This book is an early publication of Morning Sun's softbound series. It is 92 pages of strong color showing B&O locomotives at work all over the system in chronological order from 1949 to 1981. To purchase this edition, please see stock # 10162 in the Books link in our Company Store.



B&O Photos and Society Projects


1st Quarter The Sentinel

From 2017 Society calendar
Click on photo for other shots

1967-Trailer Train Alexandria Junction Maryland. From 2007 Society calendar


1970-Southbound at Martinsburg. From personal photo of Society member

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


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