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Garrett Railroad Museum

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Garrett Historical Museum
Garrett, Indiana was a bustling division point for the late-great Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Today the B&O depot there hosts the Garrett Historical Museum.

A major point on the Chicago Division of the B&O, Garrett was at one time the home for car shops, a large roundhouse and engine facility, and was the main passenger station between Willard, Ohio, and Chicago.

The Garrett Historical Society Museum is the former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad freight station. Located along side the CSX Railroad tracks, the station has been restored to reflect a typical rural railroad station of the early 1900's. Here you will find displayed many relics, curios, photographs, and railroad items that tell the story of Garrett's rich history.

The basement of the museum is home to the Greater Midcontinent Railroad Company (GMRC), an HO scale model railroad layout. Outside is a passenger car and a former Chesapeake and Ohio caboose. Other items displayed include the crossing tower which guarded Randolph Street for many years.[1]

I visited the museum and GMRC a few years ago. The museum collection of B&O china and RIP ('Repair In Place') stencil boards is well worth the trip. There is, of course, much more to see than those two displays: caps for conductors, baggage handlers, train crews, and railroad police; crew readyboard; enginecrew equipment; railroad passes; steam powered electrical generator; Telegraph equipment; telephones; and torches and lanterns.

Included in this gallery is a B&O ALCO S-2 and a B&O 3-aspect color position light signal with upper marker. These artifacts are privately owned and not a part of the B&O Museum but are just down the street from it.

If you can visit GMRC, it is well worth your time, even if you are not a model railroader. The layout has a functioning block and signaling system that is not DCC controlled! Many of these signals are Pennsylvania Railroad PL (position light) signals. You will see a demonstration of these in action in the accompanying video. Club members are known for their research; you will also see (and hear) in the video that PRR, The Standard Railroad of the World, used a light green paint on the trucks of their express cars.

The video is here: Running trains on the GMRC

Please enjoy these photos of the museum and layout!

[1]. The Garrett Historical Society. Garrett Historical Society Museum. [Web.] May 30, 2012.
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About the Author

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...


Comments

I just updated the feature with the "lost" photos of my first visit. Included is a B&O ALCO S-2 and a B&O 3-aspect color position light signal with upper marker. Enjoy!
NOV 08, 2012 - 09:14 AM
Thanks for sharing. I like that steam engine model and the Pickle Mill
NOV 08, 2012 - 09:35 AM
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