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2022 Society Annual Convention
The 2022 Convention is currently scheduled to be held from Sept 8 to 12. The location has not yet been determined.
2022 Western (Ohio) Mini-Con
The Ohio Mini-Con is scheduled to meet on Saturday May 14 at 9am in
2022 Eastern Mini-Con
Event will be held on July 23 at 9am. Watch for the Flyer in the 2nd Quarter Sentinel.
Great Scale Model Train Show
Timonium (Baltimore) MD, scheduled February 5-6, 2022. BORHS has signed to participate both days, weather and Covid cooperating.
2022 Flea Market/Train Show with Silent Auction
Eldersburg MD, at the B&O RR Historical Society Building, will be held on Saturday November 19 starting at 9:00. Sales are by individuals only and by Silent Auction.
2022 Founder's Day Dinner
Eldersburg MD, has not been scheduled at this time. A volunteer is needed to make this event happen.
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Welcome to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society
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Updates as of January 7, 2022 (See * below.)
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.
MESSAGE from the Archives
* Fellow Historians of the B&O:
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society will be open for researchers on the following Saturdays this year: March 19th, April 9th, May 21st, June 11th, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th, October 22nd, and November 12th. Please send a message to email@example.com with date of arrival if you plan to attend. Address: 5745 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg, Maryland 21784. Time: 9:00 to 3:30.
Note also that semi-annual house cleaning sessions will be conducted on the following Saturdays: April 23rd and October 15th.
Greg Smith, President
ARCHIVES BUILDING Guidelines
* With consideration of the COVID-19 virus restrictions in the State of Maryland, the B&O Railroad Historical Society Archives Building management will observe the following restrictions for visitors and volunteers:
Volunteers and 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, but it is advisable to first send him a list of your mission and needs.
A face covering will no longer be required IF you are vaccinated. Social Distancing will still be observed, and materials will be provided for disinfecting.
The Archives will be open for volunteers and visitors, weather permitting, every Thursday this year except for the week of the Annual Convention, Thanksgiving, and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
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.