A Landmark of 20th Century Rail History
Montgomery Preservation, owner of the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, in 2002 returned to public use the Silver Spring station as a historic site that, by its architecture, furnishings and activities and services to the public, reflects the proud history of Silver Spring and Montgomery County.
The station is a unique venue where passing trains remind one of its historic use and set the stage for railroad-theme events. With the restoration of the station to its 1945 opening day appearance, visitors again can enjoy this transportation landmark. New amenities include a handicapped-accessible entrance and restroom, air-conditioning, the restored 1945 passenger waiting room furniture, and historical exhibits.
The station – one of only two 20th century B&O stations extant in Maryland – represents the evolution of Silver Spring from a small settlement centered around the railroad depot to a major transportation, retail and residential suburb. Located just seven miles from the U.S. Capitol, the station served the commuter and long-distance needs of suburban residents for over 50 years, and the station site represents more than 120 years of continuous passenger rail service by the B&O, Amtrak, and MARC rail lines.
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