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Time Travel

When the director of Amistad needed an authentic locomotive, he found a 1937 reproduction of an 1837 engine at the B&O Railroad Museum. But most of the 180 photogenic transports here are genuine, arrayed on a site where trains were manufactured for more than 100 years.

Many links remain to the Civil War-era. For example, Lincoln’s funeral train left here for Illinois on B&O tracks that crossed the divided country. Now on some days (call 410.752.2490), passengers ride trains to the Mount Clare Museum and the site of Camp Carroll, the city’s largest Union encampment.

Highlights: the national landmark Roundhouse, “Tom Thumb,” (the first coal-burning steam locomotive), a gift shop with toy trains, the Choo Choo Blueville for toddlers and oddities like a Buick on wheels.

B&O Railroad Museum, Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 901 W. Pratt St., 410.752.2490 www.borail.org