Baltimore and railroads

December 25, 1997|By John Dorsey

American railroading has a long and romantic history, and Baltimore, because of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, has an important place in that history. That place is the subject of an exhibition at the City Hall Courtyard Galleries. Called "Baltimore: Birthplace of American Railroading," it comprises pictures and artifacts taken from the collection of the B&O Railroad Museum. Included are the B&O's celebrated blue china, lanterns, locomotive models, telegraph equipment and railroad spikes. And there's a set of about a dozen paintings illustrating B&O history, created by artist Herbert Stitt for the line's centennial celebration in 1927, known far and wide as the Fair of the Iron Horse. One of the paintings, called, "Rivals," shows competition between horse-drawn canal boats and railroads in the 1830s.

At City Hall Courtyard Galleries, 100 North Holliday St., through Jan. 16. 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through Jan. 16, except closed today and Jan. 1, New Year's Day. For information, call 410-396-4721.

Pub Date: 12/25/97

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