A model train garden built by volunteers and housed in Engine House #41 at 520 S. Conkling Street in Baltimore City. Open to the public and it is free. It is sponsored by CSX, The Baltimore City Fire Department and the Southeast Community Development Corporation.
WBAL Radio 1090 AM reporter Jim Russ stopped by the Highlandtown Train Garden to take pictures and interview an engineer. Follow the link below to see his pictures and video of the Train Garden and hear Terry Maillar, one of the engineers, who is pictured below, tell his story about his interest in trains and insight into the Highlandtown Train Garden. Mr. Russ also provides some information about the Union Station Train Garden.
Even though one school visit day (Dec. 10) was cancelled because schools were closed still 803 pre K to 4th Graders came from the neighboring schools to visit the Highlandtown Train Garden this year. The students came from Hampstead Hill Academy # 47, Highlandtown Elementary and Middle School # 215, Highlandtown Elementary and Middle School # 237, Patterson Park Public Charter School # 327, John Ruhrah Elementary and Middle School # 228, and St. Casimir Catholic School. Words like “cool” and “awesome” were heard repeatedly during their visits.
On December 6, 2013 visitors came to the intersection of Conkling St. and Eastern Avenue to witness the Kick-Off Celebration of "Spend Your Holidays in Highlandtown". The cold rain did not damper the enthusiasm of the crowd and particpants. The band Sac Au Lait performed their motivating tunes and the hula "hoopers" and stilt walkers fascinated the crowd and Santa Claus cheerfully announced the beginning of the holiday season. At 6 pm the Tree Lighting at the corner excited everyone by its beauty, and then everyone walked over to Fire House # 41 across the street to officially open the Highlandtown Train Garden. Santa, A.K.A. Maryland State Delegate Luke Clippinger and Father Lou from Our Lady of Pompei Church pressed the remote button that quickly energized the lights and trains of the Train Garden and it now was officially open to the public. The other events were the Merry Mixer along the Avenue and the Family Movie at the Library beginning at 7 pm. Thanks to Matt Saindon for the pictures.
Ms. Amy Seeberger, theOutreach, Grants, and
Projects Assistantat the
Office of U.S. Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski presented a
certificate to the engineers of the Highlandtown Train Garden at its Grand
Opening on Friday, December 6, 2013. It read as follows: "This certificate is
presented to the Engineers of the Highlandtown Train Garden in recognition of
your hard work and dedication to spreading holiday cheer in Southeast Baltimore
on the occasion of the 5th Annual Highlandtown Train Garden.
Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Your work has created countless
opportunities to spread joy to the children, families, and communities of
Southeast Baltimore throughout the holiday season. Here’s to many more years of
this great tradition! Barbara A. Mikulski, United States Senator on this day
the sixth of December, two thousand and thirteen."
Due to the snowy and icy weather the engineers have decided to close two hours early. The Train Garden closes at 3 pm today and will reopen on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11 am at our regularly scheduled time. See you then.
About twenty sponsors and their many guests
visited the Highlandtown Train Garden for Sponsor Night between5 pm and 5:45 pm on
Friday, December 6, 2013. Despite the chilly and rainy weather, the
sponsors enjoyed seeing the Train Garden while drinking hot coffee, donated by
HighGounds, and eating homemade, delicious cookies baked by Carol Hartke, one
of the volunteers. The Train Garden committee wishes to express its thanks to
all the sponsors who came and to High Gounds Coffee Roasters, a sponsor, for
their coffee and to Carol Hartke, for her baked goods, and also to all the
volunteers who helped to make Sponsor Night a great success.
The volunteers are deciding what decorations are needed to make the Highlandtown Train Garden a festive place. After all the decorations were put up, everyone waited in anticpation of the moving of the Train Garden platforms into the Firehouse.