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The Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad was completed in from Washington, D.C. to Weverton, Jct., MD in 1873. “The Met” soon became the primary route west for passenger trains heading west from Baltimore and the Nation’s Capital to Cumberland and beyond. During the peak of B&O passenger traffic in the 1920s as many as 18 through trains traversed The Met and its urban to rural landscape.

Almost 150 years later The Met remains a heavily used passenger and freight corridor for CSX, Amtrak and MARC. Join us for a half-day study tour that delves into the rich American history of The Met. The tour includes stops and talks at at least 3 iconic locations along the route: Point of Rocks, Gaithersburg, and Brunswick.

Our guide, Historian and Curator John P. Hankey, is a nationally respected expert on the B&O Railroad – so prepare to learn, be intrigued, and fascinated, even if you know these places! Beyond trains, structures, and track, architecture, industrial development, culture, and the role of the railroad in social contexts will be part of the conversation. Opportunities for photography will abound.

The tour begins at 12:00 PM at the Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Tour will end approximately 6:00 PM near the Point of Rocks, MD MARC Station.

Tickets are $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Full details are available at the web site below.

This trip is sponsored by the National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Inc.

Web Page: http://www.dcnrhs.org/a/dcnrhs.org/home/travel-with-us/trips/2019090701

Posted: 07-01-2019

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