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October 6, 2012

Oakland B&O station reopening Wednesday

Building restored to become museum under committee chaired by McCain

OAKLAND — The Oakland B&O Railroad Station will reopen for visitors Wednesday after a summer-long closure for repairs.

The hours of operation during Autumn Glory will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The 1884 Victorian station was restored to become a museum under the supervision of a committee chaired by former Mayor Asa McCain. “Local supporters and out-of-town visitors alike are all welcome to come and tour the newly refurbished building,” McCain said.

Improvements were made to the heating and cooling systems, humidity control, window film to control ultraviolet rays, roof and water drainage, and security devices. The building has been repainted inside and out and the floors were refinished. “The building is now ready to become a museum but the museum displays will come later,” McCain said.

Shared exhibits from the Smithsonian and the B&O Museum in Baltimore are expected. The former baggage room has been reserved as an educational center for youth and tour groups.

Committee members will serve as volunteers during the Autumn Glory open house and will sell cards, prints, T-shirts, historical DVDs and raffle tickets for a train station quilt created by Martha McGettigan.

The primary funding for renovation of the building came from a state grant with the help of Sen. George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel and a matching contribution from the Howard and Audrey Naylor Foundation. The museum also received a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Aaron White with AEI Builders was the general contractor and Aaron Teets with Century Engineering was supervising engineer. Many local businesses and tradesmen were involved in the project.

“We are pleased that this building will now take its place within the historic district of Oakland to be a source of information, education and pride in our past,” McCain said.

“Many local residents are direct descendants of the men and women who built the railroad, and many others have fond memories of train trips taken from or returning to the Oakland station.”

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