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Bowie Railroad Museum

8614 Chestnut Avenue


Plans for a railroad from Baltimore into Southern Maryland began to develop after the Civil War. In 1872, the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad (later integrated into the Pennsylvania Railroad System) opened the Bowie Station.

Developer Ben M. Plumb seized that opportunity and developed “Huntington City” around that railroad station. Shops, hotels, and comfortable Victorian houses filled the tree-lined streets of Huntington City, renamed “Bowie” in 1880 to honor Governor Oden Bowie, who was instrumental in bring the railroad here. The station remained a busy stop until 1989, when it closed to make way for a new station at Bowie State University. The City of Bowie, in recognition of the station’s important role in its history, restored the buildings in the early 1990’s.


Justin Xu

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Good place to spend for about 5 minutes. Really almost nothing to see here, though watching the trains go by is pretty amusing. Good service, even though it's just a control tower and one caboose.

Alex Barnes

Friday, July 7, 2017
Interesting local history. There's a caboose that visitors can enter when the museum is open. It is next to the Amtrak tracks, so we saw a couple passenger trains including the high speed Acela. There are three structures from the original 19th century train station.

Paco Lito

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Must see


Sunday, April 2, 2017
Not open

Hawk 2017

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
So many trains

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