Saturday, July 12, 2014

Vacation Part 10: U.K. James and the B&O Railroad Museum

This is part 10 of our tour of the region with our friend James, who visited us from the U.K. Today's blog spotlights the
famous Baltimore and Ohio (or B&O) Railroad. The B&O Railroad museum is located at 901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223.
Rob and James pause for a pic
WHAT'S IN THE B&O MUSEUM? Comprised of the oldest and most comprehensive collection of railroad history in the Western Hemisphere, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Inc. is a unique cultural and educational asset for the city and the region. It houses an unparalleled roster of the 19th and 20th century railroad equipment, original shop buildings, and surviving tracks at the historic Mt. Clare sit. It shows visitors every aspect of American railroad development and its impact on our society, culture and economy.
The B&O Museum Roundhouse

Roundhouses are large, circular or semicircular structures that were traditionally located surrounding or adjacent to turntables. The defining feature of the traditional roundhouse was the turntable, which facilitates access when the building is used for repair facilities or for storage of steam locomotives. 

A caboose

WHAT IS A CABOOSE USED FOR? - A caboose is a manned railroad car at the end of a freight train. Cabooses provided shelter for crew at the end of a train, who were required for switching and shunting, and to keep a lookout for load shifting, damage to equipment and cargo, or overheating axles. 
Front of an engine
Railroad yard

OUR ADVENTURE - We arrived at the museum at 3:40 p.m. EDT after touring two historic ships, Geppi's museum, and grabbing a quick lunch. The museum was supposed to close that day at 4pm, but we decided to go through anyway as there were too many other plans for the coming days. Unfortunately, the clerk didn't offer us any discount or return passes and instead said "you'll have to hurry through the exhibits."  We raced through the roundhouse and took lots of great pictures. After we got home, I wrote the museum and they agreed that the clerk should've made some amends, so the manager did. I am grateful for that. It's so important to provide good customer service, and B&O came through, so I look forward to bringing other visitors to the museum and will be more mindful of their flex hours.
Selfie of Rob and James at an Engine!

COOL EXHIBITS - The exhibits were well laid out and had great information. They provided the history and allowed us to look inside of them. It was a great look at the railroads through history!

James at a passenger car

NEXT:  **Trip Blog Resumes on July 19th with a Monumental Trip to Washington, D.C. 
Engine and box car exhibits in the round house

A look in a passenger car


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next