Interested in seeing a holiday train garden this season? Harford County is home to several train gardens and there are many more throughout the region. The website Grandpa’s Holiday Train Garden Page for 2011 features an extensive listing of train garden locations and hours. Click here to see the full list: http://www.wvmgrs.org/TrainGardens.htm. I’m including the details about nearby train gardens below:
Applewood Farm, 4435 Prospect Road, Whiteford, MD. “Christmas at Applewood”. Eight model train displays and The Applewood Express, a miniature 1870’s vintage steam train that will carry guests on a scenic 6/10 mile tour. Plus Christmas trees, hayrides, petting zoo, kiddy maze, lawn bowling, reindeer antler toss, & 1773 log barn. November 26 through December 18, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 4pm. www.applewoodfarm.org
Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 13th Annual Christmas Model Train Open House has been under construction for the past 13 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 6, 13, 27, Thursday December 1, 22, 29, 6:30pm – 9pm. Saturdays December 10, 11am – 4pm. Sunday December 4, 18, 1pm – 5pm. If you need information or directions, please call our office between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. 410-658-4297.
Christopher’s Train Garden, Broom’s Bloom Ice Cream and Dairy Store, 1700 South Fountain Green Road (MD 543), Bel Air, MD. Train garden displayed in memory of Christopher Cooper by his family and friends. See our newest addition for 2011, The Ocean City Boardwalk, complete with an operating model roller coaster, rides and many other favorite OC attractions. Come experience the magic of the Polar Express. Enjoy trains of all sizes as they circle in and around models of local favorites such as Bel Air’s Main Street, Brooms Bloom Dairy Farm and Annie’s Playground. Feel the holiday spirit with the Dickens and Christmas Villages along with lots of animation including skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters and much more. There is a play area for children with a train table and an area to color, read stories and write letters to Santa. November 25 through January 1. Tuesday to Sunday Noon – 8pm. Santa will visit Saturday’s and Sunday’s 12-2pm at which time there will also be cookie decorating. 410-399-COWS, www.bbdairy.com
Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 30th Annual Train Garden open from November 25 through January 15. Open 6:30pm – 9pm Fridays, 1pm – 9pm Saturdays and Sundays, 9am – 9pm Saturday December 10 for the Craft Fair. Also 1pm – 9pm December 26 and 6:30pm – 9pm December 27-30. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A special O scale 30th year commemorative box car will be on sale. 410-692-7890, www.jarrettsvillevfc.com
Liriodendron Mansion, 502 West Gordon Street, Bel Air, MD. Holiday Happenings at Liriodendron. Crafts, music, trains, villages, choirs, holiday decorations, artwork. The mansion will be decorated for Christmas. A great event for all ages! December 16-18, Friday Noon – 7pm, Saturday Noon – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm. 410-838-3942 or 410-879-4424, www.liriodendron.com/index.html
Mason Dixon Large Scale Railroad Society, Bel Air Town Center, 500 Block of Baltimore Pike (US Business 1, enter between Chili’s and Taco Bell and go straight), Bel Air, MD. View two G-gauge layouts: a large, 72-foot long modular layout with scratchbuilt model structures the depicting local area and lots of animated scenes. Also, a smaller Christmas tree layout with illuminated buildings in a wintry scene is in the store window. November 25 – January 8, Thursdays and Fridays 5pm – 8pm, Saturdays Noon – 8pm, Sunday Noon – 4pm, also December 26-30 5pm – 8pm, closed Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Eve and Day. www.mdlsrs.com
Don Myers, 3064 Deepwater Way, Edgewood, MD. Outdoor train display and huge roller coasters, sponsored by K’NEX. November 27 through January 3, 6pm – 9pm weekdays, 1pm – 9pm weekends, weather permitting, closed Christmas Day.
Don Thompson and Jim Lanahan, Just off Bel Air Road, Perry Hall, MD. This Christmas garden has trains and much more, a realistic village with familiar landmarks such as the Bromo Seltzer Tower, Chick-fil-A, Lowes, and Lands’ End . November 26 – January 7, 6pm – 8pm weeknights (closed Thursdays), 1pm – 8 pm weekends. Because there is not much room around the display, Don and Jim ask that you call ahead to make reservations and get directions, 410-529-1457.