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“History up close”

B&O Railroad Museum
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Owner description: 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
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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"train ride"
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"railroad museum"
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"love trains"
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"train lovers"
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"step back in time"
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"on display"
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"all ages"
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"self guided tour"
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"hands on activities"
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"great information"
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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 to be there earlier in the day. There is no food during the week, so bring your own. The station is a short walk from the light rail but there is also free parking on site. The trains on display are many and well restored and maintained. Lots of things for various ages. Great for families, enthusiast and the curious.

Thank Leslie0447
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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 used for even before we got to the Thomas activities. Of course the Thomas activities and train ride were the best. Defiantly a fun day and I would take them back with out any Thomas things since they enjoyed looking at all the old trains 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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