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Feb 28, 2020 - 7:05:50 AM
1296 posts since 7/14/2004

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".

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:42:21 AM



912 posts since 2/6/2003

And a fine railroad it was.

Feb 28, 2020 - 3:55:49 PM
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625 posts since 4/12/2004

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.

Green Light On The Southern


Feb 28, 2020 - 5:00:38 PM



1610 posts since 11/29/2012
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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.

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