How the Railroad Changed Gaithersburg
The Gaithersburg Community Museum continues its Tuesday Topics
series with a presentation on the impact of the railroad by
historian and author Susan Soderberg.
“From Corn to Commuters: How the Coming of the Railroad Changed the
Way of Life and the Future of Montgomery County” explores how
the railroad changed the face of this area forever. Featured are the
railroad stations designed by Francis Baldwin, extraordinary feats
of engineering such as the curving trestle over Little Seneca Creek
and the Bollman Truss viaduct over the Monocacy River, and new
suburban and agricultural towns spawned by this catapult into the
Industrial Age. The talk, based on Soderberg’s book, “The Met: A
History of the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad,” published
in 1998 by the Germantown Historical Society, explores how this
branch line became the mainstay of the B&O Railroad and evolved into
the current commuter and freight line.
Tuesday Topics continues through June, with upcoming sessions
featuring a discussion of turfgrass management for homeowners, an
exploration of Mark Twain in D.C., and a living history presentation
with the character of Blanche Fulks Severance.
Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex near the
intersection of Summit and Diamond Avenues in Olde Towne, the
Gaithersburg Community Museum features educational exhibits and
programs designed to spark interest and imagination about our City's