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Monday, January 4, 2016

Ellicott City

On the day after Christmas we headed out for a walk and visit to the B&O Train Museum in Ellicott City, MD.  We parked on the Oella side (Baltimore County) of the Patapsco River and walked across the bridge to the Ellicott City side (Howard County).  With all the rain the river was running high.

Founded as a mill town, there is still a mill, the Washington Flour Company, on the Oella side.

Our granddaughter is fascinated with trains and we wanted her to see the caboose at the museum.  

We were early so we forgo the museum in favor of looking at the caboose through the fence.  

As we stood there we heard the whistle of an approaching train.  Ellicott City known for being  the terminus of that famous race between the first train and a horse drawn carriage is still on a very active freight rail line.  The train coming through was a long line of empty coal cars headed west to be refilled.

Granddaughter had never seen a real train and this was a loud introduction.  We all quickly moved across the street to watch it pass.

Ellicott City is an interesting place to visit for the shops and restaurants too.  

But after visiting one antique store we crossed the Patapsco River again for our walk on the Trolley Trail. That will be the subject of another post.

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Fun60 said...

Another fascinating post. I see some of your visits are now influenced by your granddaughter's interests. It is wonderful to see things through their eyes.

amanda | wildly simple said...

The railroad station building is gorgeous!

amanda | wildly simple said...

The railroad station building is gorgeous!

bettyl-NZ said...

Wow, this looks like the kind of place I love to spend time checking out. Your photos are awesome and the trains would be a favorite.

Margaret Adamson said...

Looks like an interesting place to visit. I love the old trains. I am nearly home now from my trip to Malawi and Zambia, just waiting at Heathrow for my flight this afternoon but thanks for leaving me all the comments when I was away.

Mersad said...

Thanks for taking us along on a stroll through the town and also thanks for linking in with "Through my Lens"

Mersad Donko Photography

Powell River Books said...

We have a train track running through our town. Even several miles away we can hear the whistles, especially at night. Every once in a while an old caboose will show up along a siding. They are always tagged with graffiti but I still love them. I've seen them made into small homes. That would be fun. - Margy

Marie C said...

Wonderful train museum! I used to be the Coordinator of the Suffolk Seaboard Museum in Suffolk, Va and the CSX train went by the old station a few times a day...your post brought back such memories!

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