'Railroad town' celebrates heritage

Brunswick festival adds motorcycle show

Brunswick festival adds motorcycle show

September 29, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

BRUNSWICK, Md. - The City of Brunswick plans a weekend of entertainment, craft displays and model train shows during the 22nd annual Railroad Days Festival.

"It's a lot of fun activities," says Geri Reynolds, recreation coordinator for the City of Brunswick. "Brunswick is a railroad town."

The focal point of the festival is the town's connection to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. That history is showcased at the Brunswick Railroad Museum through a 1,700-square-foot HO scale model train exhibit and galleries that tell about life in Brunswick, circa 1900.


The museum also is sponsoring round-trip train excursions from Brunswick through Harpers Ferry, W.Va., to Martinsburg, W.Va.

The weekend festival will spread throughout the town with entertainment on four stages. Both indoor and outdoor craft shows are planned. Reynolds says many of the craft vendors and artists at the festival sell railroad-related items. Some photographers sell images of the railroad specific to Brunswick.

"If you are a railroad buff, this is the thing to come to," she says.

"This year ... we've added the iron horse car and motorcycle show," Reynolds says. Sponsored by Klassic Auto Repair, the show runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, with band Bad Moon Rising playing from 4 to 7 p.m. The car and motorcycle show will continue Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon to 5 p.m.

Brunswick will be hopping with late-night entertainment too, Reynolds says.

An "Oldies But Goodies Dance" is planned for Friday, Sept. 30, at the Brunswick Eagles Club. Money raised at the dance will go toward the Brunswick Lions Scholarship Fund and the Brunswick Area Recreation Council.

On Saturday night, daytime crowds can return at 7 p.m. for a community block party at the Railroad Square stage. In addition to live music, carnival rides will be available.

"It's a great time for the family to come out because there's something for everybody," Reynolds says.

If you go ...

WHAT: 22nd annual Railroad Days Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2; 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday block party

WHERE: Throughout downtown Brunswick including Railroad Square, West and East Potomac streets, the fire hall, Kaplon building, C&O Canal Museum and the Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 W. Potomac St.

COST: Free admission

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 70 east toward Frederick, Md. Take Exit 52A and merge onto U.S. 340 west. Take the Md. 17 south exit toward Brunswick. Turn left onto Md. 17 and pass through one roundabout. Turn slight right to keep on Md. 17. Turn left onto West B Street, turn right onto North Maryland Avenue and turn left onto West Potomac Street.

MORE: For more information, go to or call the museum at 301-834-7100 to buy train tickets in advance. Or go to or call the city at 301-834-7500.

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