Explore Local History at the B&O Railroad Museum near Ellicott City

Historic steam train | B&O Railroad Museum near Ellicott City

Not far from our Ellicott City apartments is the birthplace of American railroading. We’re talking about the B&O Railroad Museum, and it’s “where the first stone of the railroad was laid.” Take a trip into the past with these fascinating exhibits. Here is some of what you can discover during your visit:

President Washington 

Manufactured in 1927, the “President Washington” was promoted as the height of modern technology. It was the first of 20 locomotives built for the B&O Railroad Museum, named after the country’s first 21 presidents. “President Washington” officially retired from service in 1957 and has since become one of the museum’s most popular exhibits.

Passenger Car Works 

When visiting B&O Railroad Museum near Ellicott City, check out the Passenger Car Works. This area was once home to a skilled team. The workers spent their days building, repairing, and refurbishing passenger cars. Today, the North Passenger Car Shop is where you’ll find some of the museum’s most important steam and diesel engines. 

Mt. Clare Station

Dating back to 1851, the Mt. Clare Station is the oldest surviving structure on the museum’s campus. It opened to offer improved services to Baltimore’s southwest neighborhoods. In addition, the building is a National Underground Railroad site. Several seekers like William and Ellen Craft passed through Mt. Clare. A new exhibit highlighting this history is opening in 2022. 


A National Historic Landmark, the Roundhouse opened to service and repair passenger cars. It originally featured 22 bays, a turntable, and three rows of windows for natural light. A record snowfall collapsed the roof in 2003. Since reconstructed, the Roundhouse now features one of the world’s most important collections of 19th-century railroad equipment. 

After visiting the B&O Railroad Museum, enjoy dinner at an all-you-can eat-restaurant. You’ll find a wide range of cuisines to suit every palette. When you’re ready to become a resident of The Elms at Montjoy, please contact us. We would love to show you the amenities, and floor plans our Ellicott City, Maryland apartments have to offer. 

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