Discussion relating to the B&O up to it's 1972 merger into Chessie System. Visit the B&O Railroad Historical Society for more information. Also discussion of the C&O up to 1972. Visit the C&O Historical Society for more information. Also includes the WM up to 1972. Visit the WM Historical Society for more information.
  by nydepot
Are there any books or Internet resources available containing B&O standard plans? I've seen similar sites for the PRR in PDF format. I'm looking for plans for a B&O concrete passenger shelter. Not sure if it is a standard plan or something made up but I need to start somewhere. Thanks!

Charles Woolever

  by hutton_switch
First, Adam, thanks for beating me to this one! :wink: Better 3 years late than never! I must have overlooked this one then!

Charles: Unfortunately, there NEVER was anything standard about the B&O. That's why so many mass-produced models of B&O locomotives and rolling stock are very inaccurate, not to mention structures. B&O built and rebuilt to fit specific needs, for a given time, place, and situation, at the least amount it cost to do the job, no more. So in most cases, no one item of B&O was ever identical. Yes, they had classes of locomotives, rolling stock, etc., but where duplication occurred was only on the most basic design of that class, but you had to get down to specifics to see where the differences were from unit to unit.

I have never seen any plans for, or instances of a concrete B&O passenger shelter. I seriously doubt that any such thing ever existed. The only concrete B&O shelter of any kind that I've ever seen is a communications shelter that held company phone equipment along the ROW used by ROW personnel, or the crew of a particular train where and when needed.

The B&O RR Historical Society has many plans of stations and other structures in its archives, but most of these have not yet been digitized and are not on line. The same would also apply to the Hays T. Watkins Research Library at the B&O Museum in Baltimore. Since most everything that B&O did was unique from item to item, my question to you is are you trying to model something on a layout? If so, what location and what time period are you trying to model? Narrowing down location and time period can go a long way to helping you get the most accurate model of the prototype as possible for your time and modeled location.

  by nydepot
This is a B&O concrete passenger shelter. It served the Silver Lake Branch off the former BR&P line to Rochester NY. It was built by the B&O.