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The 2020 Convention was held as a Zoom VIRTUAL meeting on October 17 at 9am.
2020 Western Mini-Con
The Burton Ohio Mini-Con was cancelled.
2020 Eastern Mini-Con
Event was held August 15 at 9am as a Zoom VIRTUAL meeting.
Great Scale Model Train Show
Timonium (Baltimore) MD, was cancelled.
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at Eldersburg MD, has been CANCELLED.
Eldersburg MD, has been CANCELLED.
2021 Founder's Day Dinner
Eldersburg MD, has been CANCELLED.
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Welcome to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society
MESSAGE from the SOCIETY'S PRESIDENT
Greetings B&ORHS Members,
I write this message with great frustration about the current state of the U.S. Postal Service. As of this date I and other members of the B&O Railroad Historical Society do not have our first quarter Sentinel. I have filed a complaint with the Postal Service with no results. I have heard from members of other railroad historical groups and librarians that this is not an isolated issue.
Your 1st Quarter 2021 issue was mailed on December 24th from Columbia, Maryland. If you have not received your copy, I would like to ask you to do two things: First, file a complaint with your local post office; Second, please send me your name and address on a postcard or letter to B&ORHS President, P.O. Box 1608, Sykesville, MD 21784 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can do some tracking of where the breakdown is. Obviously, proper service is not being performed by the postal system.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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. Per Maryland Regulation, a face covering will be required; Social Distancing will be performed; and materials will be provided for continual 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.