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Welcome to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Historical Society

The Society is dedicated to the preservation of and education about the history of America’s first Common Carrier Railroad, the Baltimore & Ohio. The Society has members all over the world across a variety of railroad interests from modeling to research to preservation.

The Society maintains a large archive of documentation from the Office of the Vice President of Operations and Engineering from the B&O Railroad. We are also the custodians of numerous photographs and other items of research. We are constantly publishing our findings through our Company Store. Our Archives area is open one weekend a month to facilitate members who which to pursue their B&O research efforts. The Society also publishes a quarterly magazine, The Sentinel. The Sentinel magazine can be delivered through the mail in hard copy format, or digitally downloaded from our web. Members can also choose to receive both the copy through the mail as well as the digital download edition for a slight additional fee. Each year, the Society also holds a major conference and two mini-conferences.

The B&O Railroad Historical Society is always welcoming new members. We have two levels of individual membership—Regular and Sustaining. Regular members get a year of our quarterly journal, The Sentinel. Sustaining members get a year of our journal and our Color Calendar. All levels of individual members enjoy discounts with our Company Store and the ability to attend our mini-conferences and our annual Convention. Become a member or check out the Membership link on the left for more information. There is also a web based membership application available. Become a B&O Railroad Historical Society Member. Fill out our online membership application.

We invite you to read about our Society history as well as a brief history of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Read about our history and a brief history of the B&O or investigate the Our Society area on the left. We would also suggest that you look at the wealth of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad historical information that is available through the many articles written for our quarterly magazine, The Sentinel. These magazines contain a wealth of information about the B&O and the railroad's early beginnings. The Company Store still has a few back issues available for sale to the public, some going back to 1990. There are also two CD's available for sale that contain copies of virtually every Sentinel magazine printed since inception of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society.

The Society is also active in the development of new models that accurately represent an item of equipment that ran on the B&O during its existence. If anyone, whether it be a commercial entity or an individual with an idea that has a clear path to production, with recommended vendor, of a B&O product, please contact our Chairman, B&O Modeling Committee. You could also contact our VP/Finance who will coordinate with the B&O Modeling Committee. Please see our Contacts button in the Navigation Bar above for a listing of Society contacts, including the Chairman, B&O Modeling Committee as well as the VP/Finance.

Young Historical Writers Challenge

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society is offering a program to encourage young writers to do research into B&O Railroad history. Students between ages 14 to 24 are encouraged to study, research, and write on the rich historical heritage of the B&O and how it played a major role in the development of the eastern half of the country. Check out our Young Historical Writers Challenge module for further information.

Donations to our Historical Society are Really Appreciated

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society needs your donations for programs that are beyond the budget covered by our membership dues and our Company Store sales. These are programs that are made possible by your donations. Please go to the DONATIONS button on the Navigation Bar at the top of this page to see the programs that need your help.

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Here are some B&O Railroad Historical Society items of note. Check 'em out!

We've just added some photos from the Western Mini-Con recently held in Lorain, Ohio. These photos were provided compliments of Mike Lydle who, along with Bill Cramer, have been invaluable in putting on these Western Mini-Cons. Check them out. You can always get to any photos or videos we have of Society events through the Showtime link in our Events module.

Society Board of Directors Meeting Minutes are now available for viewing.

Here is an index of the topics that have appeared in the past in our The Sentinel magazine and its predecessors. Please go to our Company Store to check and see what issues are still available. While you are at it, please be aware that we have most issues broken down by decades that are available for sale in CD (PDF) format. While in the Company Store, please check on the Sentinel link in the left margin for a listing of all magazines that are still available in hard copy, or to order a CD.

2015 Eastern Mini-Con Update. Each year during the summer, the eastern contingent of the Society holds a mini-con featuring guest speakers and Company Store sales. For 2015, there will be a joint Eastern Mini-Con with the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society (RCTHS) on Saturday August 8, 2015, at the St. John's United Methodist Church in Ivyland, PA (greater Philadelphia area). The RCTHS is agreeable to the joint event, and the plan is to split the time 50-50 with them on topics of potential interest to both organizations. The B&ORRHS is excited about the possibilities of holding this event in the greater Philadelphia area. For further questions, please contact Eastminicon. A flyer with registration information is now available for this event.

2015 Annual Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society Convention Update. This year's annual Society convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept 18-20, 2015. Registration should begin Thursday, September 17th. Crowne Plaza Cleveland South, 5300 Rockside Road, Cleveland Ohio 44131 is the convention hotel headquarters and will be the location for registration, presentations and the Company Store. The Society room rate is $85.00 per night plus taxes for a king or double queen room. Rooms are available from Wednesday, September 16, through Saturday, September 19, 2015 should you want to arrive a day early for some "railroading." Two rooms have been blocked for Sunday evening if anyone wants to stay over an extra night at the hotel. Please state the reservation is for the "Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society" block of rooms when you make your room reservation in order to get the room rate. You can either call the hotel directly at 216-524-0700 or 1-866-840-0582, the national reservation number specifically for the Crowne Plaza Cleveland South. Please book your room reservation by no later than August 26, 2015. After that date, room reservations for our group will be taken on a space-available basis only. The hotel website is www.cpclevelandsouth.com. The Friday tour will visit stations and structures from Lorain, OH to Sterling, OH. The Saturday tour will include sites in Cleveland, a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic and a possible river tour. On Sunday, a tour of The Age of Steam Roundhouse may be possible. The tour leaders will be Bill Cramer, Mike Lytle, Dave Ori and Ron Spiga. A formal information flyer will be available later this year.

Fostoria Iron Triangle - We now have a direct link to the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society in the "Other Railroad Sites" link in the lower left margin of our home page. From this link, you can keep up to date on the progress that is being made to develop the Fostoria Iron Triangle as one of the premiere train watching sites in B&O territory. Check it out. Come back often to watch the progress. Fostoria has always been a friend of the B&O Railroad Historical Society and as a result, the western contingency of our Society has had numerous western mini-cons in Fostoria. We have some short videos in our Showtime link that provide some train shots from recent mini-con's held by the B&O Railroad Historical Society in Fostoria.

Did you know that we have several ways you can receive your quarterly magazine, The Sentinel? You can get your copy the traditional way by hard copy through the postal service. You can opt for a digital copy in place of your hard copy. Or, you can now opt for both methods of delivery for an additional fee of $10.00. To find out more about your delivery options for our magazine, The Sentinel, go to our Sentinel link.



Check Here for New Items Just Listed For Sale or Great Price Reductions on Some of Our Older Merchandise. See below for the most recent additions:

A new Volume III CD is now available for all Sentinel magazines published during the period from the year 2000 through 2009. See the (The) Sentinel link in our Company Store. Also, new B&O Modeler magazine CD's containing copies of the issues through the year 2011 are now available for sale in the Models link in our Company Store. Indexes are now available for Sentinel topics as well as Modeler articles. See our Company Store.

The Store has a limited number of the 2-Bay Dreadnaught End Hoppers that were obtained from the C&O during the early 1960's. These hoppers are in the large letter B&O lettering scheme. They are manufactured by InterMountain, Ready-to-Run, and have kadee couplers and IM metal wheelsets. To order one or more of the various road numbers, please see stock #'s beginning 33491 in the Models link in our Company Store.


B&O N-34 Covered Hoppers available for advance orders. These covered hoppers are expected for delivery in December 2014. The first 100 N-34 Covered Hoppers (630400-630499) were built in the Spring of 1940. The second batch (630300-630399) were built in the Summer of that year. All N-34s were retired by the 1970s. There are 6 known schemes, which are presented in this run. All models are RTR HO scale with etched metal roofwalks, wire grabs, metal wheels, and Kadee couplers. These covered hoppers must be ordered separately from an order form displayed by clicking on the photo to the left. Print it out. Fill it out. Mail it in along with your payment to the address provided on the form. These excellent models can also be seen in the Models link in our Company Store.


B&O Photos and Society Projects


2nd Quarter The Sentinel

EM-1 and sister on Swine Creek grade south of Middlefield, OH.
From 2014 Society calendar

1952-B&O and PRR station facilities Marietta, OH. From 2013 Society calendar


1973-Falls Cut Tunnel. From 2015 Society calendar

Interested in more shots of B&O Railroad Historical Society events? Check out our SHOWTIME.


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