Saturday, March 12, 2011

B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum had scheduled turntable demonstrations today, which gave us girls an excuse to head up to Baltimore. We got to the museum when it opened at 10:00 this morning, which gave us plenty of time to look around before the 11:30 demonstration.

This locomotive, the C&O Allegheny 1604, is one of the girls' favorites (housed in the repair shed of the museum). Even though Evelyn doesn't like the way the front looks, she does like the immense size of the train and the fact that you can get into the cab and "drive" it.
Here are both engineers, up in the cab of the Allegheny:

As we continued our walk through the repair shed, Evelyn and Julia coupled up to several locomotives. In this picture, Julia is asking Evelyn for help because her hand is stuck in the knuckle coupler (in Julia's little imagination).
Shortly before 11:30, we girls found a spot at the edge of the turntable and sat down to wait for the show to start. A pre-performance snack was in order for Julia . . .
There were two locomotives that got a ride on the turntable this morning: a replica of the Tom Thumb (not pictured) and a replica of the Lafayette. The girls love the Lafayette because it's an ornery little engine - the museum curators often talk about how it runs well whenever it wants to, not necessarily when they want it to. Here's the Lafayette taking a spin on the turntable: