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 Blizzard of the century!
Catastrophic damage to the B&O Railroad Museum Roundhouse
The B&O Railroad Museum with destroyed roof On the morning of February 17th, during the storm that dropped a record 28.2 inches of snow, half the roof of the 1884 Bald­win Round­house collapsed. The widely recog­nized sig­na­ture build­ing served as exhibit space for the B&O Railroad Museum and normally hosted 160,000 visitors annually. Repairs are esti­mated in the mil­lions of dol­lars. The Mary­land His­tori­cal Trust pledged to help pay some expenses not covered by insurance, but private dona­tions are also needed (see sidebar).

The Roundhouse was supposed to be the setting for a gala fea­tur­ing Governor Ehrlich on the evening of March 1st. The Fair of the Iron Horse 175, Festival of Trains (originally scheduled June 28th through July 3rd) has been cancelled. The exposition was to commemorate the 175th anniversary of American Railroading – with the museum as its birthplace.

The restoration time frame will be announced during a press con­ference at the Museum scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12th.
Events

Monthly USA meeting
7 PM, Wed­nes­day, March 5, 2003 at 1401 Hol­lins Street.

NDC and First Monday
Monday, March 3, 2003 dining event at Austin Grill. Details below.

Help the B&O Museum
The rebuilding process needs your financial help. Please make checks payable to:

The Roundhouse Restoration Fund
c/o Mercantile Bank & Trust Co.
409 Washington Ave. Suite 100
Towson, MD 21204

Please send dona­tions via U.S. mail only. Do NOT send cash or credit card infor­ma­tion. All pro­ceeds from your dona­tion are tax deduc­tible and go directly to res­to­ra­tion of The B&O Rail­road Museum and its collection.

Interior shots of the Roundhouse and photos of damage to the col­lec­tion are avail­able here (courtesy of the B&O Rail­road Museum).
 Snow delays Lombard Street conversion
Road work changing West Lombard Street to 2-way traffic was originally scheduled to begin Monday, February 17th but the snow storm cancelled those plans.

Work is now scheduled to commence on Monday, March 17th. Conversion will begin with widening the intersection and installing a traffic island with curb replacements at West Lombard Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The project will include signal modifications plus re-striping of Lombard between M.L.K., Jr. and Fulton.

While signs have been up for several years, it appears to be finally happening. One block of West Lombard, east of M.L.K., Jr., already became 2-way at the end of December, 2002.
 NDC part of Austin Grill’s “First Monday”
On Monday March 3rd, the NDC (Neighborhood Design Center) has been designated by the Austin Grill to be part of their “First Monday” program that helps local non-profits.

For those tired of the cold and snow, here is an opportunity to get out of the house, have great food and drinks, and help the NDC. After 5pm, a percentage of all designated food and drink receipts will be donated to the NDC. To have the donation count, the server must be notified of the intent to support the Neighborhood Design Center and “NDC” must be written on the receipt.

Austin Grill
The American Can Company
2400 Boston Street
410-534-0606

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