The dedication program included on the reverse this replica train schedule
from 1887. Looking to increase passenger revenue during an era before air
conditioning, the B&O described the region in these glowing terms:
"Suburban Homes On B. & O. - Washington City has no adjacent territory so
desirable for suburban residences as that lying along the Metropolitan
Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The country is elevated beyond
the malarial influences that invest [sic] the city, has almost perfect
natural drainage, is beautifully wooded, abounds in springs of purest
water, is traversed by smooth and well kept wagon roads and has adequate
train facilities. All these advantages are possessed by no other region
within easy reach, and they have already lured many denizens of the town,
as is evidenced by the number of handsome villas and cozy cottages that
adorn the landscape, seen from the windows of the train.
"To those who must bear the heat and burden of a Washington day in
midsummer, the suburban retreats along the Metropolitan Branch afford a
refuge where the exhausted energies revive under the quiet but potent
stimulus of verdant lawn, shaded paths and cooling breeze that comes laden
with the perfume of the flower-decked fields and bears healing balm from the
pine woods upon its wings.
"The low charges for quarterly, monthly and other classes of commutation
tickets, place the pleasures and benefits of a summer home in the country
within reach of persons of even moderate income.
"The train service, while ample at present, will receive additions as the
convenience of patrons and the needs of the traffic require."