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Incorporated in 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) was one of America’s first railroads, and Maryland was its heart and soul. The B&O’s creation was a tangible symbol of the Industrial Revolution, representing commerce and progress to towns along its route. Its headquarters and operations, centered in Baltimore, provided years of economic growth for the port city. This book contains images of well-known stations in Maryland, including Ellicott City Station, Gaithersburg Station, Camden Station, and the Mount Clare Shopsa self-contained industrial city, now home to the B&O Railroad Museum. Some stations still exist and are home to small museums or restaurants; others no longer stand, but images of them will remind even the casual historian of a time when railroads were a part of everyday life in America. Take a step back in time and revisit the sites, stations, and trains of the B&O that were once part of everyday life in Maryland and remember the glory of a bygone era.
About the Author
David Shackelford is the chief curator of the B&O Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland. All the images used for this project were selected from the Hays T. Watkins Research Library.
Table of Contents
1 The First 13 Miles: 1827-1830 9
2 The B&O Grows: 1830-1865 21
3 The Victorian B&O: 1866-1900 39
4 A New Century and Prosperity: 1900-1927 55
5 The Fair of the Iron Horse: 1927 69
6 The End of an Era: 1928-1986 79
7 The Mount Clare Shops: 1828-1992 99
8 The B&O Railroad Museum: 1953 to Today 115