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The Lady Engineer and the Train: Remembering Olive W. Dennis and The Cincinnatian

January 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
7:00 p.m. (U.S. Central Time), on Zoom

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Join Sharon Harwood in an immersive experience aboard the first run of the B&O’s Cincinnatian passenger train in January 1947. City officials, press, and railroad executives gathered for ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Cincinnati’s Union Terminal and the Washington, D.C., Union Station as the B&O Railroad presented its new daylight luxury streamliner. The Cincinnatian would become one of the most admired trains of its era, remembered even today for its beauty and amenities. The onboard experience was the creation of a remarkable civil engineer, Olive Wetzel Dennis. In this presentation, historian Sharon Harwood will detail her contributions to the B&O Railroad as a ‘real railroader’ and take us on the inaugural run of this remarkable train.

Sharon A. Harwood is a retired educator and administrator from Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Pursuing her interests in railroad history, she now reaches out to railroad historical societies and community groups presenting information about the life and achievements of Olive Wetzel Dennis, Engineer of Service on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad 1920-1950.


The event is free. A recording of this presentation WILL NOT be posted publicly. Registrants are encouraged to view this presentation live.




Olive W. Dennis and two other engineers work in the B&O’s Mechanical Engineering Department in 1947. Courtesy of the B&O Railroad Museum.


January 17, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm