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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!

2015 Annual Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society Convention flyer is available for download. 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.

It is Election Time at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society again.

NOTE: If you intend to vote electronically by email, do not get out of your browser until you send your email with the ballot. The email icon in the next paragraph will automatically insert the correct email address necessary to submit your email with the electronic ballot.

Ballots were sent out to all members in good standings as a part of the 3rd Quarter mailing of our Sentinel magazine. You should have received your copy by now. We also have a copy of the ballot online here if you want to save a stamp and submit your ballot by email. It is in PDF format and can be loaded in your browser. Depending upon your browser’s capabilities, if you are voting for any or all of the candidates indicated, or if you have a write-in to enter on the ballot form, you can click in the box beside their respective name. Don't forget to vote for or against the Bylaws change. After you have voted, fill in your 4-digit member number at the bottom of the page. Save the ballot to your computer hard drive. Then, attach to an Elections Email and send to the Elections Committee. In the subject line of your email, write in ELECTIONS 2015 AND BYLAW CHANGE.

Here are the biographies for the candidates listed on the ballot.

Members can change their mailing address by email if they want to save postage and for added convenience. Did you know that you can also change your email address by using the same method? Keeping a current email address on file is important as it is a quick way to check with you if there is a question on a Company Store order, a renewal, or for any other issue that may arise. We recognize that people move, and that may also mean that your email address changes as well. So in addition to sending in your mailing address by email, please let us know if your email address will be changing as well. To send in any changes, please click on the following link and don't forget to include your member number. Click here to let us know your new moving or email address.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society is proud to announce that our new 2016 Society calendar is now available for sale. See our Company Store.

The electronic version of the 3rd Quarter of The Sentinel magazine has now been loaded. You can get to the download area via the "eSentinel" button on the Navigation Bar above.

We've recently added some photos from the Western Mini-Con recently held in Lorain, Ohio. These photos were provided compliments of Mike Lytle 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 up to date 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 of our Company Store for a listing of all magazines that are still available in hard copy, or to order a CD.

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:

New 2016 Calendar-The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society is proud to present its 2016 calendar featuring photographs from John King, a life-long resident of Maryland who is well known for his great photographs from the 1960's and early 1970's. Click on the photo to the left to see a larger picture of the front and back of the 2016 calendar. The back of the calendar features thumbnail photos from inside the calendar. To order, please see stock # 22016 in the Calendar link in our Company Store.



Price reduction on our 2015 Calendar-Our 2015 calendar has been reduced to $6.00. There are only a few left, so if you want some great photos of B&O history, you may want to order one soon before they are all gone. To order, please see stock # 22015 in the Calendar link in our Company Store.


B&O Photos and Society Projects


3rd 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


1971-East Plane (Mt Airy Junction. From 2016 Society calendar

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


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