For railroading aficionados, it's enough to say the blue china is back. Without hesitating, they'll jump in their cars and head for the B&O Railroad Museum to pick up a set.
After being out of production for several years, the blue and white B&O Railroad Centennial china is once again available at the museum's gift shop.
The china was first made in 1927 to mark the 100th anniversary of the B&O Railroad. Its patterns were based on a set of blue and white china made in England 100 years earlier that was sent to Baltimore to celebrate the first train ride in America, which began here at Mount Clare station.
During the mid-'80s, reproductions were available, but the manufacturer, Shenango, decided they were too troublesome to produce. Each piece was decorated with a different railroad scene from a site along the former rail lines.
But the museum shop staff always wanted to have it back, and as the 1992 centenary of the museum was approaching, managing director Shawn Cunningham came up with the idea of trying to get it manufactured again.
Sets of the china are now being sold for $119.95 only through the shop. Individual pieces are not available.
The shop is located at the B&O Railroad Museum at 901 W. Pratt St. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. The telephone number is (410) 752-2388.