by Passenger Extra
walt wrote:Otto--- you have just run afoul of the intense loyalty to the B&O among Baltimore area members. Many love the B&O, were ambivalent toward the C&O ( which was Virginia based), tolerated the Chessie System, and can't stand CSX! ( or the PRR)Please allow me the indulgence of reading the replies from the deeply loyal B&O members here with a certain degree of smugness.
As one who grew up in a B&O family, there is indeed an intense feeling of loyalty and dedication to the memory of the B&O not only among the folks from Baltimore, but those who knew and kept it alive over the years that I have not seen with any other group of railroad people save perhaps the Santa Fe.
The sense of history, tradition, and belonging remains surprisingly strong to this day.