The first passenger railroad in America was the B & O line from Baltimore's Mount Clare Station to Ellicott Mills, completed in 1830. The 1831 railroad station in Ellicott City is now a museum on Main Street.
Although the Rail Road March, dedicated to the directors of the B & O in 1828 depicted a steam engine, the first trains were pulled by horses. The horses were changed at Relay, Md, midway in the eleven mile route.
Not the B & O, but The Alsacian Rail Road Gallops of 1845 has marvelous visuals and music. You can almost hear the chug chug chug -
Rail Road March. For the Fourth of July. Meineke, C. (Christopher), 1782-1850 · c1828Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
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