Chartered Feb 28, 1827. The first and oldest railroad company in the US. It existed for 160 years.
I had the pleasure of working on the B&O in the Midwest for a year after my discharge from the Army.
My grandfather, father, uncles, brother, cousins and family friends were all B&O railroaders.
I have always been able to relate to the Seldom Scene tune "By The Railroad Line".
And a fine railroad it was.
My childhood home in the Fifties was about a quarter mile from tracks used by the B & O. I now live about 10 miles south of the north-south runway of an international airport. I'd much prefer to hear the sounds of those trains and their whistles.
A lot of songs have been written about trains, but I think Norman Blake's "Green Light On The Southern" is the best. It's a little bit of lyric genius. Below is Tony Rice's terrific version of the song.
The old B&O tracks run a half mile from my house.I can tell which road the train is crossing by the volume of the horn.
'Good Sunday Morning' 4 hrs
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'Third Update on Eddy Davis' 10 hrs