At the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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There it is standing before you.  What is it?  You are looking at the Mount Clare Roundhouse.  What is special about this roundhouse?  Before it was the home of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum, it was a place where locomotives and rolling stock were serviced.  You enter this massive room.  You are surrounded by the oldest collection of locomotives and rail cars in the entire world.  The old stagecoaches are next to a replica of the very first train in North America.  The stagecoaches that were pulled by horses that once ran along the nearby National Road is now next to the very first locomotive in the history of North America.  What is this locomotive called?  Well, it was a horse, but it pulled a passenger coach on rails.  Then came the York locomotive.  Well, you see the replica of the original as well as a replica of the…

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