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B&O Railroad Museum

2711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4661
+1 410-313-1945
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Learning about America's earliest trains

We intended to visit the Ellicott City Station which was the first passenger stop but it was closed... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Robert P
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Tuscumbia
History up close

Bring your family and enjoy learning about US history through railroad history. Enjoy the... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Ellen F
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is the oldest surviving train station in America, also many would argue that it is also the first station in America in general. The station was originally established as Freight Station only with passengers loading and unloading from a platform attached to the second story of the hotel that once existed across the street from the platform. In the 1850's the B&O decided to transform the station for passenger use as well as freight. The station was also an important transportation hub during the civil war moving both supplies and troops for the Union. The station continued as a passenger station until December 31st 1949 and as Freight Station until the 1970's. The station was than converted to a museum and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places. The management of the Museum has changed throughout the years, with Howard County Recreation and Parks taking over management from the site in September of 2017
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“love trains” (7 reviews)
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2711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4661
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+1 410-313-1945
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

We intended to visit the Ellicott City Station which was the first passenger stop but it was closed on Tuesday. We androve to the downtown museum. The site is in an old part of town but parking is on site and kept very clean. The...More

Thank Robert P
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Bring your family and enjoy learning about US history through railroad history. Enjoy the beautiful restored roundhouse, see and climb on the engines, and take a train ride. Great for the kids with lots of hands on activities.

Thank Ellen F
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

My adult son and I visited on a week day afternoon. They had to sweep us out at closing. We found an excellent docent in the repair shed who was great with answering questions. We are sorry to have missed the train ride, so plan...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

This was our first time at the railroad museum and it my little guys love trains! This place did not disappoint! They has an amazing time looking at all the old trains and going through the train cars learning about how and what they were...More

Thank Kristin D
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

You will be educated by the staff here whom are very informative and will explain everything to you .

Thank jimhalethorpe
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Great place to take kids. takes less than hour. Best at Christmas time because of RR train set. A true historic site

Thank akdave
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Cozy, kid friendly, really educational about local history, walkable, touchable real railroad cars and equipment.

Thank jfentonq
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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Small museum but packed with good stuff for train lovers. Few engines outside. Nice display. Love their Christmas display, fun for kids all ages

Thank Maria M
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

Interesting and well done! The roundhouse where the trains are displayed is a beautiful piece of architecture. Lots of model trains from local train clubs to interest big and small train buffs! Want to ride a real train? No problem! A mile journey awaits you....More

Thank triptakerSanDiego
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Visited this terrific museum just before New Year and we all loved it. The Grandparents, both parents, and a 5 year old girl (granddaughter) and 2 year old boy (grandson). What a fun place for everyone. We saw two floors + of miniature (model) trains...More

Thank meh911
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pamimi4
25 January 2017|
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Response from Chuck K | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure of the price but it was cheap for myself and my two boys I'm thinking around $20 ish. ps. bring down some Wilbur Buds.
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