Talk:Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

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A less fancy 1891 map by Poor's: a better illustration?

Martinsburg WV shops[edit]

I've add a redlink in the "see also" section to an article-to-be about the B&O shops in Martinsburg, WV. While I don't have the resources to write this article, I believe it is a deserving topic due to the shops' status as a National Historic Landmark. Just a suggestion in case anybody wants to take it on. -Ipoellet 05:22, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

The Royal Blue[edit]

This was certainly a notable B&O train that ran between Wash.-NY 1895-1958, so I've added it to the Named Trains list and will start an article on it soon.

On the other hand, is the "President Express" valid? I don't see any mention of it in any book about the B&O or in the Official Guide, so I'll go ahead and delete it. JGHowes talk - 17:57, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Section 1863-1865[edit]

This sounds extremely bias to me, and it's the only section I read. I assume that the entirety of the article is bias because of this. 65.199.113.40 (talk) 09:59, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Frederick Branch[edit]

Two references (Dilts and Harwood) state that the B&O had no intention of building the main line directly to Frederick, preferring to take advantage of a valley grade to the south. I will revise this section accordingly, unless a reference can be provided for the current assertion that "the city of Frederick would not pay the B&O the cost of routing the railroad through the rougher terrain into downtown Frederick." Caseyjonz (talk) 06:28, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Paragraph revised as per above comment. Caseyjonz (talk) 04:42, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Chronological Layout[edit]

I've been looking over this article, and it strikes me as confusingly laid out. I think it would make much more sense if it were organized chronologically, like the page for the Pennsy. I think that's much more readable, and I'd like to get the B&O to that state. Would anyone object to me reorganizing things, not adding or deleting any content? RMMCP (talk) 18:07, 22 October 2012 (UTC)— Preceding unsigned comment added by RMMCP (talkcontribs) 18:05, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

A chronological approach would be OK for most of the text, with some exceptions. There are some sections which discuss topics spanning across the chronology, e.g. "Early engineering" and "Conflicts in the early years." Those should be retained. The section on Branches is a geographic description of the system--although at present it's a very limited description of only a few branches--but it should be kept as well. (However, it currently has no internal order. It could be internally organized by geography and/or chronologically.) "New lines in Maryland" is a chronology within a geographic focus, and in particular it's describing the oldest part of the B&O system. I don't recommend breaking up that section and weaving it into a larger overall chronology. It is a more effective chapter in its current form. Caseyjonz (talk) 01:20, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
I'm just thinking out loud, so feel free to disagree, but I think "New Lines in Maryland" and "20th Century" could stand to be folded into the history section. "New Lines" has its geographic focus, but it's also fairly contained chronologically, and wouldn't have to be broken up much or at all to fit in a larger timeline. Right now those two are under "Conflicts in the Early Years," and I think they'd be better off under "History."
For the branch section, mostly they're just serving as placemarks for links to dedicated articles about each branch. What if integrated them with when each branch was established and dropped the dedicated section? My main goal is to lay things out so that a reader could easily grasp the rise and fall of the B&O. I realize that might not be the best course of action, though. I'll tinker with it in my sandbox and then maybe show an example of what I'm thinking.RMMCP (talk) 17:30, 23 October 2012 (UTC)