Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore: Family Fun With or Without the Big T


Jodifur just wrote a hilarious account and photo diary of her and her family’s “Day Out with Thomas” experience at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

My own 4 and 2 year olds are train-crazy and this obsession has become a family pastime that has taken us to the National Capital Trolley Museum, Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, Walkersville Southern Railroad and the B&O ourselves. I also believe that we should own stock in the Wheaton and Cabin John mini trains, have brought a travel potty on Metro and have taught my kids to cheer on the White Flint Express when we chug past Williams-Sonoma.

ANYWAYS, we love love the B&O as a family day trip, but we have always avoided the big Thomas shin-digs, much to our son’s dismay. The photos I have seen from the events and from the promo clips at the beginning of the Thomas and Friends DVDs look so sweet, a wholesome family day celebrating the bygone era of the steam engine. Toot toot!

However, Jodi has told me all I need to know. Here are some of my favorite quotes from her sardonic post that rings so true if you are the parent of a train-crazy little kid:

“I was thrilled we spent $50 and drove an hour for Michael to play with the EXACT SAME train table we have at home that he totally ignores.”

“…the moonbounce. Why does every children’s activity have a moon bounce?”

And here is Jodi’s perspective on buying special tickets to Day Out With Thomas, versus simply visiting on a regular weekend:

“So maybe I’m a moron, but when I bought tickets for this event which is just a ploy to separate parents from their cash, I thought we would really be riding Thomas. Apparently, they take a Thomas Engine, and throw it on the trains you can ride anytime you go to the B&O Railroad Museum. And Thomas only pulls you back into the station. Another engine pulls you the rest of the ride…Michael thought it was the coolest thing EVER!”

I leave you fair readers to decide for yourselves. Thomas is still in Baltimore this weekend, but the B&O will be there for years of weekends to come. But I am sure your kids will be beside themselves with delight if you take them to ride in their favorite blue engine. As Jodi said, “And, in the end, Michael had a blast, and that is all that matters.” You never know, maybe Sir Topham Hat will be hot and tell you that you’re “a very useful engine” wink wink.

Day Out With Thomas at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore
May 2, 3 & 4 from 8am – 5:30pm
Tickets are $18 per person aged 2 and up, under 2 is free
Purchase here

Plain old visits to the B&O Railroad Museum and train ride
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Closed on major holidays
Adults $14, Seniors $12, Kids 2-12 $8, under 2 is free
Train ride schedule & kid stuff
Directions and Parking Info

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  1. Thanks for the shot out! I totally plan on going back to B and o. Really, it reminded me of when we did boo at the zoo, for all he cares we could have just gone to the zoo! he didn’t need thomas.

  2. Hey – there’s a train event this weekend in Silver Spring:

    Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Open House
    Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    The Silver Spring Historical Society sponsors a FREE
    open house of the historic 1945 B&O Railroad Station,
    8100 Georgia Avenue (at Sligo Avenue) in downtown
    Silver Spring, MD.

    Bring the young ones to play with our Thomas the Train
    set (they can also watch real trains go by outside)!

    Limited free parking is available in front of the
    station (please do not park next door at the fire
    station!) with ample street parking and a parking
    garage available nearby. The railroad station is also
    an easy four block walk from the Silver Spring Metro
    station on the Red Line.

    Information (301) 495-4915

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