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Main Line Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 1895

IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing

 
 
Main Line Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 1895 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, June 29, 2019
1. Main Line Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 1895 Marker
Inscription.  On 27 June 1895, at the nearby Howard Street Tunnel, the B&O demonstrated the first electrified main line railroad, and commercial operation began four days later. The electrification involved designing, engineering, and constructing electric locomotives far more powerful than any then existing and creating innovative electric power generation and distribution facilities. This pioneering achievement became a prototype for later main line railroad electrification.
 
Erected 2012 by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 27, 1895.
 
Location. 39° 17.126′ N, 76° 37.997′ W. Marker is in Washington Village/Pigtown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from West Pratt Street east of South Schroeder Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
Main Line Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 1895 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, June 29, 2019
2. Main Line Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 1895 Marker
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is at or near this postal address: 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B&O Railroad Museum (here, next to this marker); CSX Corporation (here, next to this marker); Working for the Railroad: Women (a few steps from this marker); B&O No. 908 (within shouting distance of this marker); First Commercial Railroad Right-of-Way in America (within shouting distance of this marker); Luther G. Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Carroll (within shouting distance of this marker); Working for the Railroad: African Americans (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington Village/Pigtown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 17, 2022