Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Baltimore

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Take a train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in the country at Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. Built at the site of the oldest railroad station in the U.S., this museum traces the development of trains and displays an extensive collection of railroad memorabilia, a model railroad, and a working replica of the very first locomotive. Explore a historical roundhouse, observe what's happening in the engine shop, and wander through the gift shop to find souvenirs. With plenty of ramps throughout, the museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible. There is a play area for children as well as a snack bar. Train ride tickets for a short 20-mile ride are available for purchase on-site at the museum on a first come, first served basis. Take the guesswork out of planning a Baltimore vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • If you are into railroading, this is a must-stop. This is the exact point where the first US railroad was started. Plus, you would not believe how many locomotives they have on site. This is a beautif...  more »
  • It was very interesting . Lots of different engines, cars and cabooses on display. Laid out in a beautiful roundhouse. Staff was very willing to answer any questions. We enjoyed seeing everything so u...  more »
  • If you love trains, this is the place for you. Even those people who are only mildly interested in trains will find this a great museum. A fabulous collection in a historic roundhouse.  more »
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  • Unique and massive display of locamotives presented in historical perspective. Exhibit begins with the first trains in the U.S. Train technology, history, and cultural influences are explored. In most cases, you can get up close to the engines, and in several cases, you can walk through and examine engines and cars.
  • This place is down right impressive! They have a large number of engines on display and allow you to get very close to pretty much everything. More impressive is the fact that they have the C&O 2-6-6-6 steam engine ok site which was the heaviest steam engine ever made
  • The B&O railroad museum is a world class attraction with world class staff. I had a fantastic time at this museum, and only wish I lived closer. (Beware, this museum could easily take an entire day.)
  • We had no idea this place existed. My 3yo son absolutely loved looking at all the trains in the roundhouse and out front in the parking lot. We went during the Thomas the Train event where they had extra events outside and the carousal was free to ride. Look for the model train setup outside in the back area, and the wooden train tables that the kids can play with inside the roundhouse.
  • Even big boys (men) love this place/ Conveniently located downtown, with ample on-site free parking. Displays both on the outside and inside of a beautifully maintained roundhouse with turntable. Paid train ride is a real hit, particularly with children. Food available on site.

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For quick and easy access to practically all of Baltimore's major attractionswhile on holiday, follow the example of most tourists and stay near the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Few cities boast such a well-defined tourist district, it shouldn't come as a surprise that all the major chain hotels in the city are located right in this busy neighborhood. If you prefer to stay in a quieter area offering a bit more local character, consider one of the city's outlying districts, offering affordable accommodations and plenty of dining and shopping options.
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