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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 and a periodic on-line magazine, The B&O Modeler, intended for the modeler. 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 link 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.

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

The 2nd Quarter 2014 edition of our magazine, The Sentinel, has been published and has been mailed to our members. Members receiving a copy electronically should have been notified. For a further discussion on our Sentinel magazine and electronic delivery options, please click on the Sentinel button on our Navigation Bar at the top of this page.

We have been advised by the North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation (NCTMF) in Spencer, NC, that the Potomac Eagle's F7 #722 painted in the B&O livery will be attending the event "Streamliners at Spencer" May 29th to June 1st. In 2012, the NCTMF sponsored a NS Heritage event which brought over 4,000 rail fans to the site. For this year's event, we have been advised that there have already been 19 engines confirmed. For more information about the NCTMF, please visit their website at www.nctrans.org.

Our Society Western Mini-conference is to be held in Columbus, Ohio, on May 17, 2014. Here is a flyer that provides information on this event. Click on the picture to the left to see a map of the area.

First Quarter 2014 B&O Modeler is now available. This issue has articles on Modeling the B&O Class I-16-Second Edition; a review of the Spring Mills Depot Canstock Car; the B&O PFM L-2B Locomotive; the Class L-2B 0-8-0; and other articles. Click on the photo to the left to see the edition. Click on the Modeler Mag link in the Navigation Bar at the top of this page to get to the B&O Modeler link and see what other editions are still available for download.

After several years absence, there will be an Eastern Minicon this year. The Eastern Minicon will be held on Saturday August 2nd at St John's Lutheran Church, 101 W. Martin Street, Martinsburg, WV. The church is located at the corner of North Queen Street and West Martin Street. Lunch will be served at the church and included in the meeting registration fee. In the morning, Bernie Kempinski will speak on the B&O RR in the Civil War. In the afternoon, John King will describe his Recreation of the Shenandoah Sub and Greg Smith will speak on the Current State of Modeling B&O Diesels in HO. After the presentations, there will be a walking tour of the roundhouse complex. Registration information will be forthcoming.

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.

Policy Change for members receiving their copy of The Sentinel electronically (eSentinel). Effective immediately, members who convert to receiving their quarterly Sentinel magazine electronically instead of getting a hard copy through the mail can now revert back to hard copy in the future if desired. Previously, when a member once converts to a digital copy, reverting back to hard copy was not an option. This authority to revert back to hard copy also applied the the many members who have already converted to the digital copy as well as members who convert in the future. This change was implemented at the request of members who are excited about availability of an electronic copy but were reluctant to convert with a "no return" policy. See the Magazine link for more detailed information.

Email address changes your address change to us electronically to insure that you get the latest The Sentinel magazine delivered to your new address, and all the other flyers the Society sends out from time to time, and to insure that your correct information is in our Company Store purchasing module to insure appropriate member discounts. Make sure you include your member number.

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:

Book- "C&O/B&O In Color", by Bob Withers. As the merger scene in the eastern United States heated up in the early 1960s with Erie Lackawanna, N&W-NKP-Wabash, and talk of Penn Central, a union of a different type occurred between the Chesapeake and Ohio and the Baltimore and Ohio. While not a true "merger" for several reasons, the affiliation was dubbed "C&O/B&O" and was quite visible during the 1960s on timetables, advertisements, corporate reports, and especially trackside where C&O and B&O locomotives began mixing it up, especially on the B&O tracks. To order, please see stock # 10144 in the Books link in our Company Store.

Book- "The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Maryland," by David Shackleford, This Arcadia Images of Rail book is a picture book in B/W describing the B&O by era within the state of Maryland. It also contains chapters on Mt Clare Shops and the Museum. The author is Curator of the B&O Museum and had access to many photos from the Museum. To order, please see stock # 10143 in the Books link of our Company Store.


These are the 1945 and the 1955 versions of the B&O I-5 cabooses. The B&O built 400 I-5 cabooses (road numbers 1900-2299) between 1924 and 1929. All the I-5s had all-steel underframes, steel ends, and wood sides. They went through modifications starting in the 1940's to C an D models. Other minor mods were many and varied. These models come with wire grabs, metal wheels, and Kadee couplers. These cabooses must be ordered separately from other item using the order form provided by clicking on the photo to the left. Because this is a special purchase by the Society, the order form must be used. Print the form out; fill it out; mail it to the address provided at the end of the form along with your payment. The order form provides information on the differences between the 1945 and the 1955 versions of the caboose.

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

1954-Chillicothe, OH facility. From 2013 Society calendar

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

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