Holiday train garden
While today may be all about the turkey, tomorrow and beyond will assuredly be all about those other holidays. Celebrate the coming season with a sneak preview of one of the more elaborate train gardens in town. Catch a glimpse of the Fire Museum of Maryland's train garden Saturday in Lutherville. Since the late 1800s, holiday train gardens have been a tradition in Baltimore firehouses. The Fire Museum of Maryland began showing its garden in 1986.
This year's garden features 1940s style O27 trains and an O-gauge track. The train garden will be officially on view Dec. 30 and 31 and Jan. 6 and 7. Visitors to the museum this Saturday will also be able to see more than 40 fire engines which date back to 1806; children can dress up as firefighters, sit in the driver's seat of a 1938 fire engine and read books on fire safety.
The holiday train garden sneak preview will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville. $5; $4 seniors and firefighters; $3 ages 4-18; free for ages under 4; $12 family pass. Call 410-321-7500.
We all know that Santa gets around - covering a lot of ground in a little bit of time. And one of his pre-holiday stops brings him to the B&O Railroad Museum. Railroad Santa will arrive via train at the Roundhouse tomorrow, greeting visitors and taking holiday wish lists from the back of a locomotive. Tomorrow through Sunday, visitors can take train rides aboard the Buxton, the museum's 1939 lounge car, and travel along the first mile of railroad track in America. Visitors can also peruse the museum's gift shop for Thomas the Tank Engine items, including puzzles, books, clothing and toys.
Railroad Santa appears tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Admission to the museum is $7; $6 seniors; $5 ages 3-12; free for ages under 3. Train rides cost $3 and are available tomorrow through Sunday. Call 410-752-2388.