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Upcoming B&O Railroad Historical Society Sponsored Events of Interest

Attention Society Members! Our Society Archives hosts a series of Archives work days or work sessions on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 AM to whatever time attendees decide to stop. Some months the session is held on the 2nd Saturday, as when a holiday interferes with the 3rd weekend. Also, there usually is no session in December. The Society Archives is located in the Society's Building at Eldersburg, Maryland. See our Contacts link for the actual address and a map of the area. Spend a whole day or just a few hours. It is also a good opportunity to meet Society members and a few of the officers who frequently drop by during the day. If you are interested in joining us for a day of sorting, cataloging, or just looking through the Society's large collection of original B&O papers, documents, and blueprints, or to work on some research you may be interested in, please send an email to our Archives group at Archives. Thanks go to all of you who work with our Archives group each month.

The 2021 Founder's Day Dinner usually held in early March at the Society's headquarters building in Eldersburg MD, is cancelled. This event would commemorate the February 28, 1827 issuance of the charter for the B&O Railroad.

The 2020 Society Annual Convention and Business Meeting originally to be held in October in the Akron area was rescheduled as a Zoom virtual meeting held on October 17 at 9am. This was a member only event. The B&O Railroad Historical Society, like many other groups, had to cancel its regular in-person annual convention for 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Instead, we have held our convention as a live Zoom (online) event this year to allow members to join in virtual fellowship, enjoy the member presentations, and attend the annual business meeting. Our Zoom agreement allows for a limited number of participants (100). Program details follow:
 Wade Rice -The Preston Railroad - The Maryland and West Virginia logging and coal railroad served by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
 David J. Leider - History of the Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal - From the beginning to the close of Grand Central Station
 Nick Fry - It's a Gas, Gas, Gas: Helium Transportation - Helium production, transportation and use by Goodyear and the U.S. Government.

Western Mini-Con. Each year during May, the western contingent of the Society holds a mini-con in Ohio featuring guest speakers and Company Store sales. Except 2020. The 2020 mini-con scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Burton Ohio was CANCELLED due to the virus restrictions on meeting groups. .

Eastern Mini-Con. Each year during the summer, the eastern contingent of the Society has held a mini-con featuring guest speakers and Company Store sales. The 2020 mini-con to be held at the BORHS HQ Building in Eldersburg MD, on July 25, 2020 was CANCELLED. An alternative event, a virtual Zoom internet meeting, was held on August 15 at 9am, with attendance limited to 100. Responses indicated that the virtual meeting was a success. For further questions, please contact Eastminicon.

Timonium Model Train Show. The Society has several sales tables at the Great Scale Model Train Show held three times each year at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium MD. We participate only in the October show. The february 2021 show has been CANCELLED because of the virus restrictions. For further information about the show, check out the show web site at GSMTS.

Eldersburg Flea Market and Silent Auction. The Society did not sponsor this event at the Society's Eldersburg building in 2020. This event is NOT for dealers, individuals only.

Holiday Get-together. The Society did not hold this event at the Society's Eldersburg building in 2020.

Non-Members

You "should" be a member to enjoy our one-day mini-conferences but you "must" be a member to attend our annual conventions held in September or October each year. As seating is limited at mini-conference sites, members get priority over non-members. Please consider joining our Society.

It only takes $45 per year to be a member, and in return you get significant value. Benefits include invitations to our all conventions, plus you receive 4 issues per year of The Sentinel, delivered to your mailbox. Also you get opportunities to purchase new models, books and video’s related to the B&O as soon as they hit the market, at discount from list prices. Our “Company Store” on this website has about the widest selection anywhere of serious B&O items for historians, modelers or B&O fans. If you are a modeler, our Reprints contain information needed to accurately depict a B&O scenario, in many cases right down to a particular year.

Our annual conventions are not huge affairs where you'll be lost in the shuffle. They are typically a gathering of 60-80 friendly folks where great sharing of B&O history and modeling takes place. Annual conventions feature bus tours of local B&O interest, and where possible, tours of railroad facilities or industries served by the railroad. Don't miss the fellowship with a great bunch of people. Click to the Membership page and sign up.

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society Photo/Model Information

The data in the following link may be used as a standard means for providing information by individuals having models or photographs on display at modeling meets or Society functions. Click here to see the information desired. The form is in "pdf" format so it can be printed out as necessary. Feel free to attach supplemental information if desired, e.g., drawings, photos, and similar.

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