Friday, December 30, 2011
Pick up a copy of this year's treasure hunt as you enter the train garden. Challenge yourself to find all of the items in the garden as you walk through. Can you find the Coca Cola Truck making a delivery? A hot rod car on a flatbed train car? Frank Zappa in a Santa Hat?
This year we even have a picture version for the pre-school crowd. They have 14 things to spot in the garden, but have no trouble finding their friend Thomas The Tank Engine.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thanks to Bob Dewey for the photo. If you'd like to see 44 more of his great pictures, visit BOB DEWEY's PHOTOS
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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thanks to the Friends of Patterson Park for lending us copies of the original builder's drawings of the Patterson Park Pagoda, the detailing in the new model in this year's train garden is the real thing. Volunteers Mark Supik and Jeff Levine painstakingly scanned, laser engraved, pealed, cut and sculpted the Pagoda from wood and acrylic. Check out the the roof supports!
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Monday, December 12, 2011
Only in the Highlandtown Train Garden will you find a scale model of the Brewery Buiding. Thanks to the craftsmanship of volunteer Ted Baccala, the newest section of the train garden now provides a home for winkin' Mr. Boh. Great job, Ted. Hours and hours of work, I'm sure!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Hometown Tourist on Dad Rodricks Midday on WYPR Thursday. She was talking train gardens and had great tips for finding all of the best ones in the area. If you missed the show, you can hear it here. You'll hear her sing the praises of the Highlandtown Train Garden, especially for the new additions of the local features of the Brewery Building, Epstein's (DJ Liquidators) and Patterson Park. She also suggested this website for finding other great gardens in the Baltimore area. Grandpa's Holiday Train Garden.
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O Gauge Lionel Polar Express Train Set from M.B. Klein in Cockeysville, complete with transformer, track and all of the accessories. Here's a link to a description of the train. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5. You can buy them from the volunteers at the table as you leave the garden. The drawing will be on January 1st and the lucky winner will have a great train running under their tree next Christmas. Thanks to Panera Bread in Brewers Hill, there will be a second prize this year. A gift certificate for a loaf of bread each month for the next year. If you've tried their breads, you know what a treat this will be. So.... buy those raffle tickets!
The night before the official opening of this year's train garden, sponsors and their families had a chance to catch a sneak preview of the garden. Over 40 Highlandtown businesses sponsored this year's garden. When you visit, look for their signs on storefronts and their billboards along the tracks. They made this year's garden possible. Visit their websites (see the list to your right) and better yet, visit their businesses over the holiday. We thank them all!
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Open Fridays, 3-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3-Jan. 2 at Engine Company 41, 520 S. Conkling St.
For weeks now an all-volunteer crew of model railroading engineers has been expanding and improving Highlandtown’s public train garden. The trains start running on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at 11 AM at Engine Company 41, Highlandtown’s firehouse at 520 S. Conkling Street. Baltimore Fire Chief Jim Clack is expected to be on hand to send the trains down the track.
Over 2,000 visitors to last year’s garden were delighted to see model trains and streetcars travel along the track to pass by animated carnival rides, Santa’s workshop, and a miniature Highlandtown with storefronts representing landmarks like Hoehn’s Bakery, Stella’s Bridal Fashions, National Lumber and Hardware and the Frank Zappa statue.
This year, volunteers have expanded the layout to a 32 x 8 foot two-level platform. They have constructed precise replicas of the Natty Boh building, DJ Liquidators, the Patterson Park Pagoda and the Boat Lake.
The train garden will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 3-8 p.m., from Dec. 3 – January 2 with extended hours the week before and after Christmas. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.
A pre-opening sponsors' reception will be held Friday, December 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. Members of the press are welcome to attend. The project is funded with donations from more than 40 Highlandtown businesses that have, in addition to cash, donated lumber, decorations, printing services, train layout supplies and food for volunteers.
The project, is a cooperative effort of the Baltimore City Fire Department, Highlandtown Main Streets and Southeast Community Development Corporation.
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