Established in 2007, The Martin F. O’Rourke Memorial Railroad Library is operated by the National Railway Historical, Society, Washington, D. C. Chapter, Inc., (DCNRHS) an all-volunteer not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1944. DCNRHS has partnered with the City of Bowie, Maryland’s Museums Division on this project. Library hours of operation and access are controlled by the City of Bowie, which owns Bowie Tower (where the Library is located) and the adjacent museum facilities and the Old Town Welcome Center. If you want to check to see if the Museum is open, call 301-832-7126.
To ensure 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.
Restrooms are available in the Welcome Center or freight house.
If you do visit don’t miss the chance to visit the top of Bowie Tower which is preserved much like its days of operation and has a great view of the railroad. Also, be sure to peek inside the historic Chessie System Caboose and the freight house.
No food or drink is permitted in the facility other than small bottles of water.
Bowie Railroad Museum
8614 Chestnut Avenue
Bowie, MD 20715
For driving directions click here.
The Library is located in the base of the tower. The Library is not staffed regularly. To gain access upon arrival if the Library is not open proceed to the Old Town Bowie Welcome Center.
Normal Hours of Operation
The library is generally open whenever the Bowie Railroad Museum is open, from 12 PM to 4 PM, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check the museum web site or call 301-832-7126 to confirm the hours.
NOTE: Google Maps above shows the location as the Huntington Railroad Museum, the former name.