The Baltimore & Ohio was our nation's first common carrier, originally chartered in Baltimore in 1827. The B&O had a tremendously positive impact on Baltimore, especially its port, providing the area with thousands of jobs and the means to effectively compete with the ports of Philadelphia and New York for international trade.
The approximate 400 photographs in this book come from a wide variety of sources, including the B&ORHS Archives collection, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, UMBC Special Collections, the B&O Railroad Museum, the Library of Congress, the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library at UMSL and others.
A vast number of the photographs included in this book have never before been published and include both black & white and color images. Along with photographs, the book contains reproductions of maps, charts and other historical railroad documents that combine to graphically tell the story of the railroad's contribution to the city's commerce and economic success for 150 years.