Interestingly, this hotel had a side balcony at track level and used as the passenger station for the new train. Then the train crossed Main Street/turnpike on the Oliver Viaduct to get to the freight station. The train service began on May 24, 1830, arriving at 9AM, 1 and 6PM for 75 cents. Its many owners have used the building as hotel, apartments and even an ice plant.
Friday, January 27, 2017
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Monday, January 16, 2017
Did Peter Cooper's steam locomotive "Tom Thumb" race a horse drawn train car, as told by John Latrobe years later? He said Cooper's new steam engine was winning until "the band which drove the pulley, which drove the blower, slipped from the drum." The daughter of one of the B&O directors, was on that "trial trip" and often related how Mr. Jenifer's horse on the turnpike won due to the "slipping of a belt on the engine." She also remembered how their "clothes and umbrellas were ruined by sparks thrown from the smokestack." So, maybe it did happen...or not.
Monday, January 9, 2017
HERE, horse, and then, steam engines. Initially horses were on the track pulling the train like a wagon, but for a short trial, horses were riding along, walking on "an endless apron or belt" connected to the wheels. Another sketch shows passengers riding beside the horse. The B&O horse car did not last long, especially an early trip with the "cowed editors" of various newspapers. How were they cowed? The train hit a cow, the car rolled down the embankment and "after countless bad jokes being perpetrated on the cowed editors, passed out of existence, and probably out of mind."
Monday, January 2, 2017
The sail in a basket rail-car was created by Evan Thomas (1781-1863), who with his brother Philip, promoted the building of a railroad from Baltimore. He traveled to Europe and studied a new railroad in UK. Upon Evan's return, John Eager Howard hosted a dinner at Belvidere in 1825 (or 1826) to discuss the possibility of a railroad. In Feb, 1827, 25 merchants and influential men met at the home of George Brown to form the B&O.