Friday, December 8, 2017

Videos of the Highlandtown Train Garden - the Main Platform and the Thomas the Tank Engine Platform

School Children Visit the Train Garden

During the weeks of December 3 and December 10 students from the neighboring schools visit the Train Garden with their teachers and adults. They are scheduled for a 30 visit and can see several landmarks that are in their neighborhood. From the pictures below you can see how much they enjoyed the Train Garden.

Santa Visits the Highlandtown Train Garden

On Saturdays - December 9, 16, and 23 Santa visits the Train Garden. He will be there from 11 am to 5 pm. Visitors are welcomed to take pictures with Santa and he has a gift for every child that visits him. In the picture below you can see how happy Santa is with his elf friend.

We Ae Open For Business

On November 25, 2017 the Highlandtown Train Garden opened its doors at 11 am. Visitors viewed the new displays - the Great Halloween Parade,the Conkling Street Garden and an entire platform dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine. They enjoyed working on the scavenger hunts, whether the easy, medium, or hard hunts. They also witnessed the raffle items which are a Disney Train Set, a Thomas the Tank Engine Train Set, and a beautiful filled basket donated by the Goetze Company.

Thank You Sponsors

As of  December 8, 2017 over 50 businesses and community associations have donated to the Train Garden. With the help of the Southeast Community Development Corporation and the Baltimore City Fire Department - especially Engine House # 41 - the Train Garden will be a great asset to the community and to the city as well. If you want to know more about these businesses and associations look to the right on this page  and you will be able to click on their names to visit their web sites.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Train Garden Volunteers Getting Ready The Sponsor Letters

The Train Garden volunteers - Terry Maillar, Ellen Maillar, Doug Campbell, Carol Hartke, and Joe Manfre, who took the pictures, - are working hard to get the sponsor letters ready to be mailed.
Carol first prepared a delicious and nutritional breakfast and then the volunteers took almost four hours to have everything done. Also pictured are Carol's two border terriers, Tipple and Emmy and her cat, LilyRose.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Volunteers Working Hard Getting Ready For Opening Day

The volunteers Terry, Adam, Scott, George, Doug, Joan, and Joe ( who is taking these pictures) have been working the past 2 to 3 months preparing the Train Garden for its opening day on November 25, 2017. Here we see Scott, George, and Terry (in the back) repairing the National Boh Building. Adam is sawing a table to be used for the Thomas the Tank Engine display. And Doug and Joan are working on the Conkling Street Garden display.
Doug and Joan (partially seen)

Scott, George, and Terry ( in the back)


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New This Year 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Highlandtown Train Garden Blog. Our volunteers have been working on the garden since June. This year there will be several new things to see.
1) A separate section with Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends in HO scale
2) The Great Halloween Lantern Parade
3) Conkling Street Garden ( a community garden in Highlandtown)

And as has been in the past the displays will feature the four seasons, scavenger hunts, raffle prizes, the sponsor table, prizes, and other great features. Opening day will be November 25, 2017.

If you would want to be a sponsor please contact Joe Manfre at

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Highlandtown Train Garden Get Together

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 the Train Garden volunteers met at Pasticcio's Restaurant to celebrate the success of the 2016-2017 Highlandtown Train Garden. The names of those who attended are listed below in alphabetical order. Also attending were Bernie and Roberta Diesel who volunteered at the Train Garden for the first six years. The Diesels now live in Elkton MD.

Doug and Joan Campbell
Scott Eggleston
Carol Hartke
 George Lambillotte
Terry and Ellen Maillar
Joe Manfre
Dennis Moore
Amanda and Scott Peters
Jean Pula
Chris Ryer

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Results Are In

This year the Highlandtown Train Garden had 58 sponsors, $4,696.29 in donations and raffle, and 4,566 visitors which include 970 students from the nearby schools. Hope you were able to visit the Train Garden this year. See you on November 25, 2017 for the ninth year of the Highlandtown Train Garden. A big thanks to the firefighters at Engine House, the Southeast Community Development Corporation especially Chris Ryer and Amanda Smit-Peters, Pompei Catholic Church and the following volunteers - Terry Maillar, Ellen Maillar, Ted Baccala, Scott Eggleston, Doug and Joan Campbell, Carol Hartke, George Lambillotte, Frank Bratkowski, Virginia Green, Sandy Sales, and Joe Manfre.

The Highlandtown Train Garden Raffle Winners and Their Chosen Prizes

On Saturday, January 7, 2017 the winners of the raffle returned to Engine House # 41 to pick up their prizes. Pictured below are the winners: Anna Glezina (on the left) - Train Set, Mike Whitehead - Orioles Basket, Russ Tenhoff - Ravens Basket, and Joanne Rukowicz - Goetze Basket. Congratulations to all!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Jim Russ from WBAL AM Radio visited the Train Garden

On Wednesday, December 14 Jim Russ from WBAL AM Radio visited the Train Garden. He took pictures, video and interviewed Joe Manfre and Doug Campbell. Follow the steps below to see these items.

1. go to
2. at the top on the right click Videos
3. now click on 1090 AM videos
4. look on the right side of the page and click where it says Video: Highlantown (sic) Train Garden Remembers the Blizzard of 2016
5. there you will see pictures, video and the audio
Or go to the following link:

School Children from the Area Schools Visit the Train Garden

This year 970 students from various schools came to visit the Train Garden. The schools were Hampstead Hill Academy (#47), John Ruhrah Elementary and Middle School (#228), Highlandtown Elementary and Middle School (#215), Highlandtown Elementary and Middle School (#237), and the Patterson Park Public Charter School. Amazingly on December 15 Kindergarten students from Hampstead Hill Academy braved wind chill temperatures in the single digits to visit the Train Garden. Below are some pictures of the visits.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Raffle Prizes at the Highlandtown Train Garden

Take chances at the Train Garden so you can win one of the four raffle prizes pictured: The Overland Flyer Train Set with the two additional cars, The Ravens and the Orioles baskets which were created by Rob Hoehn of Hoehn's Bakery located at the corner of Bank St. and Conkling St. in Highlandtown, and the other basket was donated by the Goetze's Candy Company located at 3900 Monument Company.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Highlandtown Train Garden Is Officially Open

On December 2, 2016
Highlandtown Main Street had Santa, picture taking, singing, band playing and the lighting of the tree at Eastern Ave. and Conkling St. between 5 pm and 6:30 pm. At this time the people proceeded across the street to the Train Garden. There Zeke Cohen,
our new First District Councilman, pushed the remote and the Train Garden became officially open.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Before Moving In and After Moving In

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 several volunteers and workers helped to move the Train Garden from Pompei to Engine House # 41 at 520 S. Conkling St. Here it will be on display.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Working on the Sponsor Letters

On October 18, 2016 some members of the Highlandtown Train Garden committee met and worked to send out the sponsor letters. These letters ask businesses and associations in the area to become a sponsor of the Train Garden. There are many benefits of being a sponsor. For more information as to how to become a sponsor please call Joe Manfre at 410-458-9029. Pictured are Doug Campbell, Terry Maillar, Ellen Maillar, and Carol Hartke. Joe Manfre is taking the picture.