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Martinsburg in Berkeley County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Shop Complex

 
 
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Shop Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, June 16, 2007
1. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Shop Complex Marker
Inscription.  The roundhouse is the sole surviving cast-iron framed roundhouse and is an important example of mid-19th century industrial building design. Designed by Albert Fink, in collaboration with Benjamin H. Latrobe, it represents an early use of standardized, prefabricated iron structural elements to create an efficient and fire-resistant building.

Constructed 1866-1867 • National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
 
Erected 2006 by American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the ASCE Civil Engineering Landmarks, and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) series lists.
 
Location. 39° 27.588′ N, 77° 57.678′ W. Marker is in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in Berkeley County. Marker is on East Race Street east of North Spring Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is near the Belle Boyd House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Martinsburg WV 25401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Martinsburg Roundhouse (here, next to this marker); Baltimore and Ohio Roundhouse and Shop Complex (here, next to this marker); Belle Boyd House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Belle Boyd House (within shouting distance of this marker); Berkeley Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belle Boyd (about 500 feet away); Apollo Theater (about 500 feet away); Roundhouses and Shops / Railroad Strike of 1877 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Martinsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. East End: B & O's Neck of the Bottle, Harpers Ferry to Cumberland 1842 - 1992. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
2. Baltimore and Ohio in West Virginia (Images of Rail). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
3. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in the Potomac Valley (Golden Years of Railroading). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
4. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (Railroad Color History). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
5. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (MBI Railroad Color History). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
6. Baltimore and Ohio's Capitol Limited and National Limited (Great Passenger Trains). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
7. Route of the National Limited (Baltimore and Ohio Passenger Service, Volume 1). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
8. Route of the Capitol Limited (Baltimore and Ohio Passenger Service, Volume 2). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
9. The Great Road: The Building of the Baltimore and Ohio, The Nation's First Railroad 1828 - 1853. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
10. Baltimore and Ohio Cabooses. Volume 1: Photos and Diagrams. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
11. B & O Caboose Diagram Book. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
 
Three Markers Overlooking the Shops image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, June 16, 2007
2. Three Markers Overlooking the Shops
Markers on a rise across the railroad tracks from the shops, across from the Belle Boyd Complex. The train station is to the right. One of the roundhouses is behind the tree.
B&O Wooden Caboose No. C1913 and Shop Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, June 16, 2007
3. B&O Wooden Caboose No. C1913 and Shop Building
This building is between the East and West Roundhouses.
Shop Building Between East and West Roundhouses image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, June 16, 2007
4. Shop Building Between East and West Roundhouses
Ruins of East Roundhouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, June 16, 2007
5. Ruins of East Roundhouse
Cast Iron Door Frame Bumper image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2007
6. Cast Iron Door Frame Bumper
Reads: “B&O R R Co 1866”.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,568 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 19, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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