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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.     

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The Society maintains an archives of documentation from the Offices of the Vice Presidents of Operations and Engineering from the B&O Railroad.  We are also the custodians of several thousand photographs and blueprints, maps and drawings.  The Society also publishes a quarterly journal, The Sentinel and a periodic on-line magazine The B&O Modeler.  Each year the society holds an Annual Convention and two mini-conventions in Ohio and the Maryland/West Virginia areas respectively.

Got a Question?

Have a question about the B&O? We first recommend checking out the links on the left hand side of our Home Page, particularly the B&O Yahoo Group. There are innumerable members of the Yahoo Group who have a great amount of B&O historical knowledge. Also the B&O Museum is a great place to check on for genealogical inquiries, along with the Railroad Retirement Board. Links to those sites can be found here.

Still don't find what you need at these sites and the other web resources? Archives Email our Archivist for further help.

Research Requests & Fees

The Society does perform research at the archives for a cost. Research requests submitted by email or letter will be reviewed by our volunteers. Some questions can be answered by existing books. If that is the case, we will recommend the appropriate resource in response to the inquiry.

For questions that require in-depth research, we will provide an estimate of the time required to answer your question. The society research fee is: $40 per hour billed in 1/2 hour increments. Copies and scans are also invoiced based on page size and format. A detailed listing of the fees can be found here.

An invoice that is based on the Society's estimate will be sent to the requester. Upon receipt of payment and upon completion of the request, the Society will ship copies of the material requested.


Direct link to the B&O Lettering guide. Includes the Guides, Fonts, and Logos. Includes also the Chris Barkan's Boxcar and Hopper lettering arrangements.

Direct link to the EMD Diesel font guide

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