Category Archives: Baltimore and Ohio

Chicago to Cleveland or Pittsburgh: 5 railroad routes until the 1950s

As I left Chicago recently on Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, riding over former New York Central rails toward Cleveland on almost the same schedule as New York Central’s Lake Shore Limited, I ate dinner in the diner and then lay in … Continue reading

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Baltimore and Ohio all-coach Columbian, late 1940s/early ’50s

As a kid, I wrote to railroads and asked them to send me pictures of their trains. This came from B&O, along with an interior shot of a coach with snack bar, a system map, and other less interesting, more … Continue reading

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B&O’s Ambassador behind steam, 1951

  When we think of the streamliner era, it’s easy to forget how late steam-powered, predominantly heavy-weight trains ran. Above, B&O’s Ambassador leaves Washington for Detroit in December, 1951. (Photo reproduced from Kirk Reynolds and Dave Oroszi, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad)

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Budd ad featuring Baltimore and Ohio, from National Geographic magazine

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Baltimore and Ohio ticket from Washington, DC to Cincinnati via Southern Railway and Norfolk and Western

The ticket folder is B&O but the travel is from DC to Lynchburg, VA via Southern, then on to Christiansburg, VA, via Norfolk and Western, and finally on to Cincinnati via Norfolk and Western. Stamped, as well as I can … Continue reading

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Baltimore and Ohio lounge car, late 40s, early 50s

  Photo reproduced here from the book shown below and in the text described as “a new streamlined combine lounge.” Since I have recently posted some about B&O, and since interior shots of so many trains seem to me hard to come … Continue reading

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Baltimore and Ohio Streamliner Cincinnatian of the late ’40s, 1950s

\ Photo by Don Wood, reproduced here from an Audio-Visual Designs postcard captioned: “‘The Cincinnatian,’ train number 53 westbound from Toledo, makes a station and water stop at Deshler, O. The time was July 1956, just a few months before … Continue reading

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