City of Bowie Museums

Huntington Station: Where Bowie Began

 

  • BOWTS 2Prev : One of the last manual "interlocking" devices used in the USA is displayed here

    One of the last manual "interlocking" devices used in the USA is displayed here

  • BOWTS 1 : Manual interlocking systems used to switch trains on the tracks – now they're all history

    Manual interlocking systems used to switch trains on the tracks – now they're all history

  • BOWTS 3 : Custom built model train with audio presentation about Olde Towne Bowie

    Custom built model train with audio presentation about Olde Towne Bowie

  • BOWTS 4 : Artifacts, lantern collection and railroad memorabilia from Bowie, MD

    Artifacts, lantern collection and railroad memorabilia from Bowie, MD

  • BOWTS gfx1 :  Huntington City – which became the Town of Bowie – owes it's existence to the railroad

    Huntington City – which became the Town of Bowie – owes it's existence to the railroad

  • BOWTS gfx2 : All graphics in the exhibit were produced on PANDA Board - 70% recycled PVC

    All graphics in the exhibit were produced on PANDA Board - 70% recycled PVC

"All Aboard" for Bowie Station! After the Civil War, Governor Oden Bowie masterminded development of two major railroads from Baltimore to D.C. and Southern Maryland. Huntington City grew at Bowie Junction where the two lines met. In 1882 the city was renamed Bowie to honor the man whose vision brought the railway here.

 

The Bowie Railway Museum covers a lot of territory. Railway history, railroad equipment, workers, safety and artifacts are interpreted, along with colorful local personalities. 

 

The model train diorama of Bowie Junction is the centerpiece. Framed by an oversized wood crate, the train and its audio narrative take visitors on a journey from Bowie's past to its present.

 

A piece of the original interlocking device rescued from Hancock, MD's railway tower, is one of the last manual switches used in the USA.

 

Custom designed two-tiered tracks carry the main graphics enhancing the authentic feel of the station and it's oil-stained baggage room walls. All graphics were produced on eco-responsible recycled PVC.

 

 

Client: City of Bowie Museums
Project: Huntington Station: Where Bowie Began