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 2012 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 24 through December 16, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 4pm. www.applewoodfarm.org
Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 14th Annual Christmas Model Train Open House has been under construction for the past 15 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 11, 18, Thursdays December 6, 20, 27, 6:30pm – 9pm. Saturdays December 15, 11am – 4pm. Sunday December 9, 23, 30, 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 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 24 through December 31. 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
Historical Society of Harford County, North Main Street (at the corner of Main and Gordon Streets), Bel Air, MD. Model Train Show, working model trains from the Harford Modular Model Railroad Group. November 17 through December 16. Fridays 4pm – 8pm, Saturdays 11am – 8pm, Sundays 11am – 4pm. The closing time is when people will no longer be allowed in. If you are already inside, you will have about another hour to look around. 410-838-7691, www.harfordhistory.net
Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD. “Jacksonville in Miniature” Train Garden, the new/enlarged train garden will include more building models/landmarks. Witness the hard work and artistry of our members and view the new and different train garden that reflects our community. View the modeled home of our train raffle winner. Try your best at our train garden scavenger hunt. December 15 9am – 3pm (Santa will be there!), December 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26-28, 31 10am – 2pm, December 19 Noon – 8pm. 410-887-8208,www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/aging/centers/jacksonville.html
Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 31st Annual Train Garden open from November 23 through January 13. Open 6:30pm – 9pm Fridays, 1pm – 9pm Saturdays and Sundays, 9am – 9pm Saturday December 8 for the Craft Fair. Also 1pm – 9pm January 1 and 6:30pm – 9pm December 26, 27, 31. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The second in a series of Jarrettsville collectors train cars will be on sale. 410-692-7890, www.jarrettsvillevfc.com
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 23 – January 6, Thursdays and Fridays 5pm – 8pm, Saturdays Noon – 8pm, Sunday Noon – 4pm, also November 23 Noon – 8pm.www.mdlsrs.com