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By Rob Kasper | March 31, 2010
I am not a railroad buff, but I do like good food. Last week, as I stood under the magnificent wooden dome of the B&O Roundhouse, I heard stories about the dishes once served on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. My mouth watered. I was among a crowd of about 200 who had gathered in the West Pratt Street roundhouse, officially known as The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. Surrounded by glistening locomotives of a bygone era, we heard the authors of a new Johns Hopkins Press cookbook, "Dining on the B&O," family members of former B&O workers and local historians talk about the railroad's fabled cuisine.
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April 14, 2011
Easter Bunny makes short hop to Pennsylvania What: It's that time of year again — when floppy ears needs a ride to his basket. The Easter Bunny Train arrives at Strasburg Rail Road on Friday. Visitors can join Peter Cottontail on the authentic stream train for a 45-minute journey from the East Strasburg Station to Paradise, Pa., and back. Kids on the train receive a gift. Where: Strasburg Rail Road, Route 741 East, Strasburg, Pa., 17579 When: Trains depart hourly from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, April 24. On Saturday, trains depart hourly from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. How much: Coach fare is $16 for ages 12 and up. Coach fare for ages 3-11 is $9.50 and $2 for toddlers under 3. What's nearby: Pack a lunch for an Easter picnic in Groff's Grove or sample the fare in the dining car or Trackside Restaurant.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | April 27, 1994
Warren C. Wilkins, a dining car chef, died April 21 of respiratory failure at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 88 and had been a resident of Old Court Nursing Center in Randallstown for six years.Earlier, he lived in the 2500 block of W. Lanvale St. for more than 40 years.He retired in 1970 after a 43-year career with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad where he was a chef aboard Office Car 100 that was used by railroad officials for inspection tours and to travel to meetings and conferences.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 7, 2011
James Bernard "Jimmy" Watkins Jr., a veteran Baltimore & Ohio Railroad dining car chef who during his 36-year career prepared thousands of meals for passengers, including Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, died March 30 of prostate cancer at his Pikesville home. He was 89. Mr. Watkins was born in Baltimore and raised in Glen Burnie, and was a 1939 graduate of Glen Burnie High School. He began his cooking career in the late 1930s, working as a lunch counter cook at Read's drugstore at Howard and Lexington streets, and soon began looking for a better job because "they didn't pay no money," he said in a 34-page typed transcript of a taped interview made for the Hays T. Watkins Research Library at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore in 2002.
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By Jacques Kelly | February 10, 1992
Baltimore loves dining car china that was used on the B&O Railroad.And what better evidence of that than the fact that in three months, the B&O Railroad Museum's supply of reproduction 1927 dining car china has been purchased by collectors of what has become a most famous tableware."
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By JACQUES KELLY | June 21, 1993
People invariably remember two things about a meal on a old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad dining car: the quality of the food and the plates that held it.This happy marriage of railroading and cuisine disappeared more than 20 years ago, when the B&O's long-distance service was enveloped by AMTRAK and its airline-like attitude toward passengers.But last week, Baltimore's B&O Railroad Museum brought back the diner, brought back the fabled blue china and the food. About 30 persons assembled for a dinner of beef consume, crab cakes, baked potato, green beans and strawberry rhubarb pie, all served on an old rail siding off Pratt and Poppleton streets.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | July 21, 1999
Wilbert Percy Jones, a retired dining car steward, union official and church organizer, died of pneumonia July 14 at Villa St. Michael Nursing and Retirement Center in Northwest Baltimore. He was 87. Mr. Jones, who lived on Liberty Heights Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, worked on the old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's dining cars for many years until the line discontinued serving meals on its trains. He retired as an Amtrak food service master in 1976. Born in Gloucester, Va., he was a 1931 graduate of Douglass High School.
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By Frederick Rasmussen and Frederick Rasmussen , Fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | December 6, 2009
It's been nearly 40 years since the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad served its last meal aboard one of its acclaimed dining cars. The cars were forced into extinction by the 1971 birth of Amtrak. And with the coming of Amtrak, the great epoch of railroad cuisine prepared by an accomplished chef, carefully served by attentive waiters on real china, with tables set with glimmering silver, linen table cloths, a vase of fresh flowers and fluffy, thick, white napkins aboard dining cars, came to a close.
TRAVEL
April 5, 2009
Strasburg Rail Road Easter Bunny Train Where:: Strasburg Rail Road, Lancaster, Pa. When:: April 10-12. Train departs on the hour 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and April 12; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. What:: Ride a coal-burning steam train on a springtime trip through scenic farmland with Peter Cottontail as the conductor. How much: : Adults and children 12 and older, $15-$22; children ages 3-11, $9-$11. Children younger than 3 are free. A dining car is available. Tickets may be limited, so call before you go. What's nearby:: Across the street, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania features a collection of more than 100 locomotives and rail cars on display.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | December 14, 2002
Robert James McGoings Jr., a retired Baltimore & Ohio dining-car waiter and expert on the African-American Pentecostal Movement, died of a stroke Dec. 7 at Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville. The former longtime Wildwood Parkway resident was 85. Mr. McGoings was born in Baltimore and raised in Philadelphia and South Baltimore. The Douglass High School graduate also studied at the former Morgan State College before going to work in 1937 as a dining car waiter for the B&O. In 1972, after the railroad's passenger operations became part of Amtrak, he continued working as a waiter-in-charge for the carrier until retiring in 1979.
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By Rob Kasper | March 31, 2010
I am not a railroad buff, but I do like good food. Last week, as I stood under the magnificent wooden dome of the B&O Roundhouse, I heard stories about the dishes once served on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. My mouth watered. I was among a crowd of about 200 who had gathered in the West Pratt Street roundhouse, officially known as The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. Surrounded by glistening locomotives of a bygone era, we heard the authors of a new Johns Hopkins Press cookbook, "Dining on the B&O," family members of former B&O workers and local historians talk about the railroad's fabled cuisine.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | January 3, 2010
My column several weeks ago about Thomas J. Greco and Karl D. Spence's recently published book, "Dining on the B&O: Recipes and Sidelights from a Bygone Age," brought a flood of mail, phone calls and e-mails from readers who fondly recalled their absolutely marvelous experiences of eating a meal in a railroad dining car as the ever-changing scenery slipped by the window. I was hoping at least a couple of readers might offer a less-than-glowing review of the B&O's food - you know, two sides to a story - but not one complained, thus leaving the carrier's reputation of having prepared and served the best five-star dining car meals in the nation intact.
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By Frederick Rasmussen and Frederick Rasmussen , Fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | December 6, 2009
It's been nearly 40 years since the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad served its last meal aboard one of its acclaimed dining cars. The cars were forced into extinction by the 1971 birth of Amtrak. And with the coming of Amtrak, the great epoch of railroad cuisine prepared by an accomplished chef, carefully served by attentive waiters on real china, with tables set with glimmering silver, linen table cloths, a vase of fresh flowers and fluffy, thick, white napkins aboard dining cars, came to a close.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | March 31, 2009
Maj. August William Schell Jr., a retired career Air Force officer and avid collector of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad dining car china and rail passes, died of a heart attack March 24 at his Aberdeen home. He was 79. Major Schell, whose father, August W. "Gus" Schell Sr., was a longtime secretary to several B&O presidents, was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. He was a 1950 graduate of St. Paul's School and, after earning a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Miami, received his commission through Air Force ROTC.
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