B&O at the Chicago Century of Progress Fair

Chicago held its Century of Progress Fair, celebrating its first century of existence, just six years after the B&O celebrated its own centennial. This made it easy for B&O to send to the Chicago fair the “choicest historical” (and pseudo-historical–some were replicas) locomotives and train cars that it had displayed at its 1927 “Fair of the Iron Horse.”

Click image to download a 9.1-MB PDF of this 24-page booklet.

In addition to early locomotives, this booklet describes other B&O innovations, such as air conditioning and stone-arch railroad bridges. The booklet claims that “B&O originated the modern lounge car” and was also an early adapter of electric lighting, reclining seat chair cars, and owner of the first train station in the United States and oldest train station in the world.

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