Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, Baltimore

#35 of 38 in Museums in Baltimore
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
Our mission is to further to hobby of model railroading.

The society operates both HO & O Scale layouts. The O scale layout is set in early 1950s, the late steam and early diesel era. This means the majority of the trains will be Steam and first generation Diesel Trains, but you will see an occasional modern passenger or freight. O scale is not the same a Lionel or O gauge, the most notable difference is no center (third) rail. If you compare O scale and O gauge car next to each other you will see more detail and more accurate dimensions of the scale cars. The O scale layout also has a trolley system running the 65' length of the layout running off the overhead wire! You might see city trolley models of Baltimore Streetcars as well as interurban cars running on the line.

The HO scale layout operates modern SD-90 diesels next to a ten wheeler (4-6-0) steam train with 40 foot boxcars. This is primarily to give the visitor a look at how trains have changed through the years. The HO Layout models the fictitious railroad the Chesapeake and Western, which operates a double track mainline from Baltimore, MD to Wheeling, WV, so the scenery reflects that. The City trolleys are undergoing restoration and expansion as the citizens look for green transportation alternatives.
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  • I finally made it to the BSME for their last open house at their Saratoga Street location - and I'm so glad I did! The layouts are large and expansive, with amazing craftmanship evident in the...  more »
  • I went there today with my six-year old who was absolutely entranced with the trains. He barely sits still for anything and he stayed for two hours and we had to negotiate with him to get him to...  more »
  • Pretty cool I got yo drive a few of the trains and a few other thing's
  • The trains are amazing. I love the level of detail in the models. I'm so glad I got to visit during Doors Open Baltimore!

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