RailPictures.Net Photo: BO 51 Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) EMC EA at Baltimore, Maryland by Doug Lilly
 
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Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) (more..)
EMC EA (more..)
Unknown
Baltimore, Maryland, USA (more..)
September 20, 1981
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BO 51 (more..)
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Doug Lilly (more..)
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The First E-Unit

A shortened version of the Royal Blue stands in Baltimore. Of course, this is not Camden Station, but rather the nearby Mount Clare shops complex, which has become the B&O Railroad Museum. The 1937 slant-nosed EMC model EA was the first E-unit to be placed in service. A contemporary of the PRR GG1 electric, the first EA/EB set was immediately assigned to the Royal Blue , the flagship service on B&Os Washington New York route, competing with the GG1s on the parallel Northeast Corridor.

The Achilles heel of B&Os New York service was its failure to cross the Hudson River, meaning that a connecting ferry was required to reach Manhattan from the terminus in Communipaw (Jersey City), New Jersey. The PRR offered a much more convenient stop at mid-town Penn Station. Ultimately, the Royal Blue, and later lesser trains on the route, succumbed. Fortunately, the Winton-engined streamliner was set aside by the B&O for preservation. The subsequent years and outdoor display took its toll, and the streamliner is now being restored, as seen in Mitch Goldmans 2016 photo.
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