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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Volunteers Are Working Hard Getting the Train Garden Ready


Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Highlandtown Train Garden Committee Met

On Saturday, August 20, 2016 most members of the Highlandtown Train Garden Committee met at Pompei Catholic Church where the Train Garden is stored. Those present were Terry Maillar, Ted Baccala, Carol Hartke, Dennis Moore, Virginia Green, Doug and Joan Campbell, Scott Eggleston, and Joe Manfre. Joe Manfre will inform those members missing of the results of the meeting. After the meeting many members took a tour of the Train Garden and some stayed to work on it.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Work on This Year's Highlandtown Train Garden is Progressing

Work on the 2016-2017 Highlandtown Train Garden is continuing. We would like to welcome two new volunteers who are helping out at the Train Garden this year. Pictured are Doug Campbell and his wife Joan.
There are a variety of tasks that volunteers can do at the Train Garden and if interested, you may email Joe Manfre at JOESOCST@AOL.COM for more information. This year the Train Garden will have several new features that must be seen. More information will be posted on the blog in the very near future and on the Highlandtown Train Garden Facebook page.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Work Has Begun on the 2016-2017 Highlandtown Train Garden

Several new items are being added to this year's train garden. The engineers - Terry, Scott, and George - have been creating three new features such as those pictured below. One of the items is an arabber which was a Baltimore tradition years ago. Terry is working on a new and improved Figure 8 and Scott and George are working on a new display. Several more new items will be added in the very near future.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Last Meeting of the 2015-2016 Highlandtown Train Garden

On Saturday, February 13, 2016 members of the Highlandtown Train Garden met at Pasticcio's Restaurant in Canton to review the data from the 2015 Train Garden and to express ideas for the upcoming 2016-2017 Train Garden. After the discussion the members enjoyed their meal comprised of salads and pizzas. In a few more months work will be begun on the 2016 Train Garden.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Highlandtown Train Garden Has Been Moved

On Sunday, January 10, 2016 several Train Garden volunteers helped to move the Train Garden from Engine House # 41 to its storage area at Our Lady of Pompei Church. The volunteers were Chris, Dennis, Terry, Scott E., Joe, Adam, and Wesley.

The Highlandtown Train Garden Had a Very Successful Year

The Highlandtown Train Garden has its most successful year regarding sponsorships, donations, and visitors. Sponsorships totaled $4,850, donations totaled $5,105.45, and the total number of visitors  was 5,985 which included 1,053 students from neighboring area schools. As a result, the Train Garden volunteers will use this money to create an exciting and creative Train Garden for 2016. Hope to see you there!

Winners of the Highlandtown Train Garden Raffle

Pictured below are Jim Seay and Sara Ingram. They are the  winners of the raffle drawn at the Highlandtown Train Garden on Sunday, January 3, 2016 - the Train Garden's last day. They picked up their prizes on Friday, January 15 at the Train Garden storage area at Our Lady of Pompei Catholic Church.
Jim is the President of Premier Rides and Sara is the Director of Sales and Marketing.