Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg

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Gaithersburg is a historic passenger rail station on the MARC Brunswick Line between Washington, D.C. and Martinsburg, WV (with a branch to Frederick, MD). It is located on 5 South Summit Avenue and East Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland.HistoryThe station was originally built as the Gaithersburg B & O Railroad Station and Freight Shed in 1884, for the Metropolitan Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), The station was most likely designed by Ephraim Francis Baldwin, and consists of two historic buildings. The passenger station is a one-story common-bond brick structure with a gable roof. About 90 feet to the east of the station is the freight shed or loading dock, a brick structure about 45 ft × 20 ft. Its north and south facades are divided into six panels with a door in the second and fifth bays on both sides. The station was extended to the east in 1905. When Amtrak was established in 1971, B&O Passenger service was replaced by the Potomac Special, which itself was replaced by the Blue Ridge in 1973. From 1976 to 1981 it also served another Amtrak train called the Shenandoah. During that time, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and continued to serve Amtrak until 1986, when it was converted into a MARC station with the establishment of the Brunswick Line. Now, instead of using the platform to unload passengers, they let off passenger on the road right next to the station, although sometimes when the train is long the conductor puts an additional exit next to the platform. A modern parking garage and pedestrian overpass can be found on the opposite side of South Summit Avenue.
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  • There is really something for everyone here - kids, history buffs, train aficionados. It’s remarkable how they packed so much into a relatively small place. Easily 30-45 minutes of things to do and...  more »
  • Small museum highlighting the rail road history of the town as a suburb of DC. Contains authentic artifacts of trains . Two cars reastored . Offers educational visits for schools. Well maintained.  more »
  • A lot of effort seems to have gone into revitalizing this museum and the immediate area around it. It is nice, especially if you like railroads and some history. However, this is a 30-45 minutes stop at most and the area about a block away in any direction from the museum feels a bit rough. We went on a Saturday afternoon and by 5:00 everything was empty and there was almost no one around. Would not recommend going or staying after the museum closes as we did not feel entirely safe. During opening hours it looks ok m, but only for a short stop.
  • Really nice place to visit with the best attention. Thanks a lot. We had a great time seeing everything and seeing the trains passing by

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