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Available again in its second printing.
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2021 Society Annual Convention
The 2021 Convention is being planned as a Face-to-face meeting in Akron OH from Sept 30 to Oct 3.
2021 Western (Ohio) Mini-Con
The Ohio Mini-Con will be held as a Zoom VIRTUAL meeting on May 15 at 9am.
2021 Eastern Mini-Con
Event to be held on July 24 at 9am as an on-site AND Zoom VIRTUAL meeting.
Great Scale Model Train Show
Timonium (Baltimore) MD, may be held in October.
Flea Market/Silent Auction
at Eldersburg MD, has not been scheduled at this time.
Eldersburg MD, has not been scheduled at this time.
2022 Founder's Day Dinner
Eldersburg MD, has not been scheduled at this time.
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Welcome to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society
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Updates as of June 9, 2021 (See two * below.)
MESSAGE from the SOCIETY'S PRESIDENT
Greetings B&ORHS Members,
It is with great pride that I would like to thank the following volunteers for their work on our first Spring Cleaning Day, Saturday, May 8. They did an outstanding job of cleaning and organizing the inside of the archives building. Unfortunately, it was raining and we could not work outside. The members who gave their time were Grant Berry, Rich Nickels, Mike Williams, Brian Rochon, Don Plotkin, Andy Roberts, Travers Stavac, and myself. We expect to do another cleaning before the Eastern Mini-Con in July and a semi-annual cleaning in late October. If you can help, let us know. The Society provides donuts and coffee in the morning and lunch mid-day.
Greg Smith, President
MESSAGE from the Company Store
The Society has changed its policy and method of selling Reprints. Please see details at the top of the Company Store page. *Similarly, the policy for selling CDs produced by the Society has changed and is described at the same location.
ARCHIVES BUILDING Guidelines
Given the ongoing restrictions in the State of Maryland due to the COVID-19 virus, the B&O Railroad Historical Society Archives Building management reminds visitors and volunteers to observe the following guidelines.
Registered Volunteers and potential visiting researchers must be pre-registered to be admitted into the Archives Building as described below. With limited space due to Social Distancing, we may not have room for you otherwise. Thank you for your cooperation.
"Registered Volunteers" are members who have worked at the Archives previously and who will be contacted by BORHS VP Grant Berry to sign up for each week's work session, which will be open to a limited number of volunteers. If you are not currently on that list and would like to be added, contact Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Researchers will be welcome upon making an appointment through Grant at least 2 weeks in advance.
We are taking action to minimize health risks to our teammates, our visitors, and our community by adhering to recommendations of CDC and the State of Maryland. *As of July 1, a face covering will no longer be required IF you are vaccinated. Social Distancing will be observed, and materials will be provided for disinfecting.
Thank you for your understanding and patience,
The B&O Railroad Historical Society
For more information about the Society, see 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 publish our findings through our Company Store whenever we feel it is helpful to do so. Our Archives area is open one weekend a month to facilitate members who wish to pursue their B&O research efforts. The Society also publishes a quarterly magazine, The Sentinel, which 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 an 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 annual Calendar, which is mostly in color. NOTE that you must be at the Sustaining level of membership on September 30 to receive the next year's calendar free; otherwise you will be on the list for the year after. All levels of individual members enjoy discounts with our Company Store and the privilege to attend our annual Convention and mini-conferences. Become a member or check out the Membership link on the left for more information. There is a web based membership application form available on the linked page.
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.
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. Examples of programs that are made possible by your donations include Archives acquisitions and entry into the catalog, building maintenance, and outreach programs to inform the public about the B&O Railroad. Please go to our DONATIONS page to see the programs that need your help.