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“Day out with Thomas”

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
Ranked #9 of 226 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located at the site of the oldest railroad station in America, this museum traces the development of trains and features a huge collection of railroad memorabilia, a model railroad and an operating replica of the very first locomotive, The Tom Thumb, which was built here.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Hazlet, New Jersey
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89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Day out with Thomas”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Excellent activities for Children. Thomas train ride was okay, didn't much like having the police escort next to the train ride. The B&O Museum had a great setup for the Thomas Train event. lots of kids activities.

Visited April 2013
Thank Christopher C
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Windermere, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 641 helpful votes
“Enjoyable museum dedicated to the railroad”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

The Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum provides a history of the company and the importance of the railroad throughout history. There is free parking available, as well as a bus station for the free connector service (Orange route). The museum offers the opportunity to see trains, cars and other artifacts throughout the B&O's history. It does cost a lot, especially if you are there with kids. It is $16 each for adults, and $10 for kids.

Once you enter the museum, there was an exhibit of miniature models of various engines, cars and other trains from the first conception to modern times. The main reason why I went to this museum was to see "the War Came By Train." This is an exhibit for the US Civil War 150th Anniversary. There is an exhibit inside with information boards, models and artifacts detailing the war and the role that the railroad played for both the Union and Confederates as well as the B&O itself. In the roundhouse there are original engines and cars from the war, with many one of the only remaining ones still in existence.

There are several cars and engines that you have the opportunity to go inside while in the roundhouse section. It is surprising how much time you can spend watching the several videos and admiring the selection of cars and engines. The museum doesn't look that large, but you'll easily spend a few hours here.

You have the opportunity to take a short 2-mile total train ride at an extra cost, but I didn't take it since I've ridden on many trains before. It doesn't look like you see much on the 1-mile track, so unless you have little kids it probably is not worth the money that you pay. There is a carousel in the courtyard that the kids would likely enjoy more anyways.

If you are interested in history and the railroad, the B&O is a good option to spend a morning or afternoon. All ages will find something of interest here.

Visited May 2013
Thank wbullseye
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Annapolis, Maryland
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013

A great place for kids - especially at the holidays. They bring in Santa and all of the small train set ups...

Visited November 2012
Thank Mark M
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Fairfax, Virginia
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Day out, but not so sure about the Thomas train ride.”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

We arrived a few hours earlier than our scheduled train ride, so we explored the museum. We got a lot more from the museum than just seeing Thomas. Not too crowded at around 11:30am. We were able to go in and out the old trains and learn about the history and experience sitting in the front of the trains. There were lots of activities for kids and train sets to play with. One of the carnival rides was free during Thomas weekend. Hamburger & pizza were good, the fries were exceptionally yummy. Loved how there was a Nursing/Changing Stations tent outside instead of going to the restrooms (they even provided Anti-bacterial gel & wipes). The ladies restrooms are another story, they really were smelly (nearly got sick) & I guess they were not being cleaned at regular intervals, but at least they provided stools for the kids to reach the taps. We ended the day with the Thomas ride. It was a disappointment that it was a ride back & forth on a straight track. I wonder if the train ride in other towns have better views and go around in a circle??? Although they had Thomas music playing during the ride, it would be even better if the Fat Controller came on the train too to take photos. It was great that you could take a photo in front of Thomas after the ride, but you had to wait 40 mins to view your photo and purchase. If only they took photos before the ride. So we did not purchase any photos & just went home. I'm not sure how different the museum would be when Thomas is not there.

Visited May 2013
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good place for kids”
Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

I thought this was a great place to take little kids. It was cold outside the day we visited and unfortunately cold inside. Also, thought the cost was a little high. Wish there were more trains for the kids to play on.

Visited March 2013
Thank Jseber
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