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American Artifacts: History of the B&O Railroad

Debuted May 5th at 8a & 7p ET

B&O's 1927 Fair of the Iron Horse - Railroad Centennial

B&O's 1927 Fair of the Iron Horse - Railroad Centennial

Baltimore, Maryland
Sunday, May 5, 2013

Baltimore, Maryland is often called the birthplace of railroading in the United States.  American History TV visited the B&O Railroad Museum for a look at examples of historic equipment beginning with stagecoaches and wagons used on the National Road, and ending with the first diesel locomotive.

Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:14am (ET)

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