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B&O Railroad Museum

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Address: 2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone Number: 410-461-1944
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A holiday exhibit of model trains is found at this rail museum in...

A holiday exhibit of model trains is found at this rail museum in Ellicott City

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Visited the Ellicott Mills station

This is the oldest railroad station in the US. It was the western end of America's first railroad.....coming in from Baltimore. On the day I was there, a Civil War reenactor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David W
Harker Heights
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Harker Heights
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169 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the oldest railroad station in the US. It was the western end of America's first railroad.....coming in from Baltimore. On the day I was there, a Civil War reenactor explained the roll of the station and the local miltia during the Civil War. They were also erecting the Christmas train displays, which should be great. The freight shed... More 

Thank David W
Sacramento CA
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has not only locomotives, but passenger cars to show how we used to travel. Events of historical note (Lincolns Funeral Train, for example) are presented with locomotives and photos to bring the history to life

Thank jonthethird
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We had a personal tour guide throughout every station of the museum. staff was extremely knowledgeable and encouraged exhibit interactions. Not only did we learn about railroad history but American history, time zones, the history of the telegraph, how it related to the railroad and civil war. A big disappointment was that the train to Mt Claire only ran on... More 

Thank pamela f
East Coast USA
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Terrific Historic Resource in the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area. The first railroad terminus in the country and a National Landmark. Visit the website to see activities like civil war encampments and special train gardens. Appeals to all ages.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Very nice museum which is part of the Round House Museum in Baltimore. The one in Ellicott City is the first rail station in the US.Worth visiting.

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Ellicott City, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I've visited twice the past two years with grandchildren. The kids enjoyed being able to climb aboard engines and walk through railroad cars. There was even a short train ride available that we took and they thought was fun. For adults, the exhibits and history are fascinating and memorable.

Thank Mike W
ellicott City, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

A wonderful trip back in time to the B&O railroad circa 1825 or so. And to boot, the real time CSX railroad right next door.

Thank Robert W
main line, pa
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

It is wrong to portray this as a "small" museum. My children (6,8,11) and I were there for two hours and we enjoyed all of our time there. In contrast to other train related attractions and museums, this place doesn't just have old trains, it has very historically significant trains and other artifacts. Perhaps the most striking of these is... More 

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

A very nice little museum located in ellicott city which does a good job of illustrating the history of the B&O railroad. Currently there are some very good graphics/film of the civil war which show the changing map of land possession between the north and south. There is a train model based on the line from Baltimore to ellicott city... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I expected a lot more but this museum was extremely small with one main building and then a smaller one with a miniature train display and an old caboose outside. Don't plan a long visit. You can go through this in 20 minutes. Only worth going if you are planning on doing the combo pack which includes a visit to... More 

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