is located in the base of the former Pennsylvania Railroad
Interlocking Tower (Bowie Tower) located at 8614 Chestnut Avenue
in historic Old Bowie, Maryland. The Tower is part of the Bowie
Railroad Station and Huntington Museum which is operated by the
City of Bowie, Maryland.
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This is a
fitting home for a railroad library, a former railroad interlocking
tower next to a very busy railroad line. The Baltimore and Potomac
Railroad Company built the first station here in 1872 at the junction
of rail lines into Washington, D.C. and Southern Maryland. The
lines were later integrated into the Pennsylvania Railroad system.
The Town of Bowie (originally Huntington City) grew up around
the train station. The existing museum buildings were constructed
in the early 1900's by the Pennsylvania Railroad, The tower, manned
by an operator, controlled the switches at this important railroad
junction. The tower closed in 1989 when control of the junction
was remoted to a central location by the railroad. This tower
and station were originally located just southeast of their present
location, between the tracks of what is now Amtrak's Northeast
Corridor and the CSX "Pope's Creek" branch line. These buildings
were moved to this location in the early 1990s by the City of
is on the first floor of the tower and is open to the public Tuesday
- Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and for groups of 10 or more
by appointment. For additional information, or to schedule a group
tour, call 301-809-3089.
the integrity of the collection, a driver's license or other form
of government issued identification may be required to gain access
to the collection.
If you arrive
at the museum and find the door to the library locked, please
inquire at the nearby Visitor's Center for access.
are available in the Visitor's Center. There are a couple of locations
nearby in old town to catch lunch at.
No food or
drink is permitted in the facility other than small bottles of
** Photo by Stephen Patrick