I'd forgotten all about those models until now.
Whenever I visited the museum in the past, I usually just went past them on my way to see the 1:1 scale stuff...
If memory serves, they were made many years ago. I'd like to think I recall that the B&O directly commissioned them in the far-off past, but I can't say that for sure.
Mel Thornbaugh (sp?) mentioned once in MR that someone connected with the B&O traveling O scale layout that the railroad had- (Larry Siegal?) would beg models off him when they were finished-- Hence the B&O 4-4-0 and 4-6-0 Hayes Camel that Mel did construction series on in Model Railroader.
Models are certainly his quality
____________________ Fix it again, Mr Gates--it still works!"
Planning to take some out-of-town visitors up there on Saturday, followed by a B-day bash at Baldwin's Station Restuarant in Sykesville, MD. The eatery is in the old B&O station, designed by E. Francis Baldwin, the B&O's go-to architect of the late 19th Century.