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Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 2018 Calendar

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In 1827, the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Co. became America’s first chartered railroad. Innovation followed as the B&O operated the first American-built locomotive, constructed the first station, sold the first passenger tickets, published the first timetable, and became the first line to reach the Ohio River from the east coast. This calendar features the line’s classic steam engines and more. Sales of the calendar benefit the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore Maryland. Located on 40 acres and housed in five monumental buildings, the museum holds nearly 200 locomotives and cars, an archive and a collection of objects that, in total, represents the oldest, most historic and comprehensive American railroad collection in the world.

Published by Tide-mark, this deluxe wall calendar opens to 13.75 x 20.5 inches.

Engines and trains featured in the 2018 calendar include:

January

Baltimore and Ohio 1632 (Class L-2, an 0-8-0) is simmering away, awaiting a call at the Lima, Ohio roundhouse on September 3, 1956.

Photograph by Lou Schmitz

February

Baltimore and Ohio 5043 and another Class P-1d (both are 4-6-2 Pacific Type locomotives) are leading a westbound double-headed troop train across the Magnolia Cut-off near Doe Gully, West Virginia on April 23, 1951.

Photograph by Bill Price

March

Baltimore and Ohio 871 (an RF16A and two RF16B’s) rumbles by the Walkersville, West Virginia depot with a coal drag on October 12, 1954. The RF-16’s, commonly referred to as “Sharks,” due to their appearance, were manufactured by Baldwin, and B&O had a fleet of sixteen A Units and seven B units. Unreliable performance resulted in a shorter than expected career for them.

Photograph by Bill Price

April

As they work westbound just past Mount Savage Junction, Maryland on September 5, 1952, Baltimore and Ohio 7156 (Class EL-5a, a 2-8-8-0) is teamed up with 6141 (Class S-1, a 2-10-2 called “Big Sixes” by their crews, a reference to their size and numbering) as they work westbound just past Mount Savage Junction, Maryland on September 5, 1952. Photograph by Bill Price

May 

Baltimore and Ohio 7704 was one of ten locomotives purchased from the Seaboard Air Line in 1947. A Class KB-1, 7704 is one of five 2-6-6-4’s built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1935 for the Seaboard. Built for fast freight service, Seaboard bought five more. As good as they were, they could not outperform new FT Diesels that had been purchased by Seaboard after World War II. Baltimore and Ohio used them in the easier terrain east of Cumberland, Maryland. Here is 7704 on a westbound freight near Patterson Creek, West Virginia on April 11, 1951. The purchase of new Diesel power led the B&O to be remove them from service, and all were off the roster by the end of 1953.

Photograph by Bill Price

June 

Baltimore and Ohio 5571, (Class T-3b, a 4-8-2) is on a westbound freight coming around Bracken Curve at Sand Patch Grade on August 25, 1954. 5571 is fresh out of the Cumberland shops after an overhaul. Newly overhauled engines were sent out to work a trip or two on Sand Patch. The thinking was that if they performed well on Sand Patch, they would perform well anywhere else on the system. In the rare instance that a problem developed, they were only a few miles from the shops.

Photograph by Bill Price

July

Baltimore and Ohio 265, an EMD F7A-B-A set, leads an eastbound coal load at Altamont, Maryland on September 23, 1953.

Photograph by Bill Price

August

If you like big steam, this picture is for you. It is the summer of 1956 at the Painesville, Ohio engine terminal and two Class EM-1’s are being serviced. 7611 is on the foreground track and 7602 is on the next track over. From the look of things, it seems that they are both about ready to go to work.

Photograph by Fred Scott

September

Baltimore and Ohio 4517 (Class Q-3, a 2-8-2) is on a local freight at Grafton, West Virginia, heading out on the Fairmont subdivision on October 7, 1954.

Photograph by Bill Price
October

Baltimore and Ohio 6168 (Class S-1, a 2-10-2) is working a westbound manifest freight up Sand Patch at Fairhope, Pennsylvania on October 27, 1955. There is another S-1 shoving on the rear of the train. B&O had a 125 of these locomotives, and they were immensely successful in whatever capacity they were used, especially on Sand Patch. But as good as they were, they could not hold off the onslaught of the Diesel. Photograph by Bill Price

November

Baltimore and Ohio 7611 (Class EM-1, a 2-8-8-4) is smoking it up on an eastbound freight at Hansrote, West Virginia on November 12, 1952.

Photograph by Bill Price

December

Baltimore and Ohio 7157 (Class EL-5a, a 2-8-8-0) is leading a westbound coal train through the snow near Marion Center, Pennsylvania on December 3, 1954.

Photograph by Bill Price

 

 

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