The B&O Railroad Museum (901 W Pratt St., Baltimore) is celebrating the 189th birthday of the railroad with two days of special events, complete with the debut of an old model train and train rides.
This Saturday and Sunday, narrated 20-minute train rides will wind riders along the first commercial mile of tracks laid in America. Rides will depart Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday rides will depart at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets for the train rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children.
Visitors can also view the museum's recently acquired 1926 replica of a 1831 York locomotive. The museum now has all three of the working replicas of early B&O locomotives built by Mt. Clare Shops in Baltimore for the 1927 Fair of the Iron Horse. The trains will be on exhibit in the B&O Roundhouse.
The celebration will also feature a hands-on presentation about the Underground Railroad, conducted by the C&O Canal Historical Society about the significance of the canal and the competition that existed between it and the railroad in reaching transportation completion in the early 1800s.
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On Saturday, kids are invited to participate in the Railroad's Birthday Bash, featuring train and party games and interactive education stations.
Event times vary between the days. Saturday's activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday's run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (60+), and $12 for children (2-12).