This morning was one of those mornings that all is right with the world.
With his recently published book “The War Came by Trains,” Mr. Toomey shared with me that he wrote the book in a blazing nine months. Hiding in the basement of his home, writing seven days a week up to fifteen hours a day the well researched and beautifully illustrated book tells the story of trains during the American Civil War.
When sharing his story with me in the creation and development of the stellar Civil War Train exhibit at the museum, I was reminded of the power of networking. People of liked minds and interest in sharing their love of trains during the civil war period cross all borders. Many items are shared with the museum from private collections to be displayed in the exhibition gallery.
During the civil war, this popular yellow passenger car was transformed to be a hospital train car where injured soldiers were transported and cared for along the B&O railroad system. This car was returned to its original passenger car design, complete with oil lamps and a spittoon.
It was one of those mornings where I felt like royalty. Mr. Toomey was a true gentleman and being Maryland’s top expert of the civil war in Maryland, his depth and breadth of the subject was awe inspiring. With great passion for not only the civil war era, but also his brainchild of “The War Came by Trains” exhibit, in his word: “Coming to the museum is like going to Carnegie Hall.”
Thank you so much Dan for a fantastic morning exploring your world.