Bowie Railroad Station Museum Reviews
Three Vintage Railway Structures Mar 30, 2013
The Bowie Railroad Station Museum (also known as the Huntington Railroad Museum) presents a look at Bowie, Maryland, through its railway heritage. The museum consists of three buildings, an interlocking tower, a combination passenger and freight station, and a waiting shelter. All three buildings were once functionally located nearby, but have been moved off of the railway right-of-way and restored.
The station contains displays on the operation of the tower and the history of the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad and how, allying with the Pennsylvania Railroad, it came to be the competitor with the Baltimore & Ohio for rail traffic from Washington, DC to the Northeast. Displays also describe life in the town of Huntington, later the city of Bowie. There is a small O-gage train layout. The docent was eager to show visitors around the property.
I really enjoyed going up in the tower (signal box). It still provides a vantage point up and down the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line. Much of the equipment used to control and switch trains passing throuhg the junction is in place. (Bowie Junction is now remotely controlled from Philadelphia.)
The vintage wooden waiting shelter was in use by commuters until 1989 when a new station opened nearby.
There is a wooden Norfolk & Western caboose, too. Not a railroad that came here, but what is railroad museum without a caboose? It's used for events and birthday parties.
There is no admission, but donations are accepted.
Part of the Maryland Meanderings travel blog
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