The National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Inc. presents

The Old Main Line Explorer

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Tucked away in a series of river and stream valleys, is the Baltimore & Ohio’s Old Main Line. Still operated as part of the CSX system, it is a heavy duty freight railroad handling coal, grain, oil and other traffic east or west between Point of Rocks, Maryland and Baltimore.

It was also America's first true mainline railroad and has been in service for 185 years. This all-day study tour, led by nationally recognized rail historian John Hankey, examines the original construction of the Old Main Line and its evolution from pioneer route to 21st century mainline. We will look at bridges, stations, civil engineering works, archeology, and the railroad landscape. At different points along the way we will discuss railroad operations, regional settlement patterns, and the many roles railroading played in the creation of our modern way of life. While railroading will be the primary focus, we will range far and wide in our discussions to include social, economic, geographic, and technology considerations. There will be many opportunities for photography at a half-dozen stops along our journey.

This event, the first in a planned series of in-depth study tours focusing on the Washington, D.C. region’s rail history, will put a fresh perspective on one of America’s earliest industrial achievements and is suited for the seasoned historian or railfan and for those new to the Old Main Line. Even if you think you know the Old Main Line, we are betting you’ll be intrigued and fascinated on this tour with John Hankey and DCNRHS!

Tour Schedule, Accommodations, & Per Person Fares

Our restroom equipped motor coach will depart the Greenbelt, MD metro station at 8:30 am and return at approximately 5:30 pm. Tour includes motor coach transportation, professionally catered box lunch, driver gratuity, and attraction admission charges.


Member Fare

Nonmember Fare

   Per Person




1. No refund or credit after April 1, 2015, other than by operator's cancelation of the trip or reselling of the space. Reservations are not transferable and may not be resold without the consent of the operator.

2. The Washington DC Chapter NRHS makes every effort to accommodate the physically challenged; please notify the reservations agent of your needs. This event includes tours in historic buildings, outside areas, trails, stairways, bridges and walkways that may not be accessible. Tour participants must be able to stand for duration of the tour, and transit over uneven gravel, hard surfaces and rails. Operator requires those physically challenged individuals requiring special assistance to be accompanied by someone able to assist them.

3. The trip will operate all weather, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. Sunscreen and hats are recommended. Al participants must be dressed appropriately, wearing closed, hard soled shoes (no flip flops, sandals, open-toed or high heels permitted). Participants not properly dressed will be denied entrance, and no refund will be provided.

4. Children above age 10 are welcome on this tour; each child must be supervised by an accompanying adult. There is no separate child’s fare.

5. Specific dietary requests must be made to by April 30.

3. The General Conditions for tours, trips, excursions and events as published on the DCNRHS web site ( apply. By making a reservation, participants agree to be bound by both the General and these specific Conditions.

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The Old Main Line Explorer - May 9, 2015


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Mail to:

c/o Mary Ries, Reservations Agent
6054 Hunt Club Road
Elkridge, MD 21075

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