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By Katie V. Jones | December 4, 2012
Kaitlyn Hughes had no trouble picking out her favorite in the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department's 19th annual train garden display. The 12-year-old, who came with her cousins, liked the autumn scene the best. "I like it because I like fall," said Kaitlyn, of Edgewood, as she watched the trains circle the various scenes. "It's my favorite time of year. " She was baffled by the dinosaur sitting in the scene, however, as were Vanessa and Allison Carroll, of Halethorpe. "We're not sure about about the the dinosaurs," admitted Vanessa, who was visiting for the first time before getting a Christmas tree from the parking lot. "It's nice.
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Svanessen2@hotmail.com | April 5, 2013
Inside Arnolia United Methodist Church, located at Joppa and Oakleigh roads, is an exact replica of the building complete with the steeple and cross which rises high over the church, dozens of windows, six porches with steps and even the corrals for the trash cans in the rear. The church building was built in stages with the sanctuary, the final section completed in1968 but the replica was constructed this year. It all started when church member Mike Pfeifer helped to build a train garden at the Jacksonville Senior Center in Baltimore County.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2010
Right after Veterans Day, volunteers at the Dundalk- Patapsco Neck Historical Society Museum drag out the ladder and lower dozens of boxes stowed in a hard-to-reach attic. Then they get to work building a train garden, piece by piece, that includes some 10,000 tiny trees, houses, figures and, of course, locomotives, cars and cabooses. It takes about three weeks to set up the elaborate scenes, many of which are animated, in what are probably the smallest quarters in the area for such a display.
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By Bob Allen | December 29, 2012
For many Carroll residents, a visit to the Pleasant Valley Christmas Train Garden is a touchstone of the holiday season that brings them back year after year. And each year for the past 30 years, there have been others who discover the garden's magic for the first time and make plans to return to the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company station in pastoral hamlet of Pleasant Valley for a visit the following December as well. Mike Chrest, of Union Mills, a long-time volunteer firefighter, has been the principal curator and keeper of the roughly 18- by 18-foot HO-gauge train garden, which casts a warm glow in the dimly lit gallery-sized room where it is housed.
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By Tricia Bishop and Nathan Pitts | December 20, 2000
Here's where you can see holiday train gardens. Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department: Half winter wonderland and half country town, the Arbutus train garden reflects the season and still shows off some of the best props in its collection including miniature farms. Through Jan. 1 (closed Christmas and New Year's Eve). Open weekdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 5200 Southwestern Blvd., Arbutus; 410-242-6601. B&O Railroad Museum: The museum has working model trains year round, but its holiday display runs for just a week: Dec. 23 through Dec. 30; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
An Ellicott City firehouse will be home to a train garden geared toward providing holiday gifts for needy children now through Jan. 1. The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is holding the free open house for the 15th year, fire officials said. Visitors may bring money and new, unwrapped toys that will go to needy children in the county. The train garden is at Ellicott City Fire Station No. 2, 4150 Montgomery Road. It is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. The train garden is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Christmas Day. Group tours can be arranged by calling 410-313-2036.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
The neon sign flashing "Casino" seems out of sync with the rest of the idyllic Christmas village on display at the Ellicott City Fire Station, reminding onlookers of Pottersville, the racy city that would have replaced homey Bedford Falls if George Bailey hadn't been born in "It's a Wonderful Life. " Down the hill, amid tidy drifts of fake snow, a worker puts the finishing touches on a billboard for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad that entices riders with the slogan "Sleep like a Kitten," written in old-timey cursive.
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By Jonathan Pitts | December 6, 2009
T he man dressed as Santa enters his garage, turns on the lights and seems for all the world to have switched on a miracle. A miniature village sprawls in all directions, the townspeople going about their business in driveways, at restaurants, on ski slopes. Ferris wheels spin, headlights flash, bridge spans rise and fall, and with a low roar that rises to a din, 13 trains on 700 feet of track come to life, climbing hillsides, rounding bends, belching smoke. The light falling on John Sturgeon's face, complete with his paste-on white beard, reveals a man wholly in his element.
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By Bob Allen | December 29, 2012
For many Carroll residents, a visit to the Pleasant Valley Christmas Train Garden is a touchstone of the holiday season that brings them back year after year. And each year for the past 30 years, there have been others who discover the garden's magic for the first time and make plans to return to the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company station in pastoral hamlet of Pleasant Valley for a visit the following December as well. Mike Chrest, of Union Mills, a long-time volunteer firefighter, has been the principal curator and keeper of the roughly 18- by 18-foot HO-gauge train garden, which casts a warm glow in the dimly lit gallery-sized room where it is housed.
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By [NATHAN M. PITTS] | December 23, 2007
The Miniature Railroad Club of York, Pa., is hosting its annual train garden, open to the public on select dates through Jan. 6. This year, the club has a new and expanded steam locomotive servicing facility with turntable, roundhouse, repair shop and coaling station. There is also a tiny video camera installed on the front of one of the trains so that visitors can see this view on two overhead monitors as the train travels the HO-scale layout. The club, which was founded in 1943 and incorporated five years later, will hold open houses 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, Saturday and Dec. 30 at 381 Wheatfield St. Admission is $3; 50 cents for ages 6 to 12. Call 717-225-5470 for other viewing dates, directions and more information.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
The beige-plastic Wilkins-Rogers Mill is unmistakable, as are the red B&O Freight House and the purple Obladi hotel. Rendered in toy building blocks, the replicas of historic Ellicott City landmarks lend an air of authenticity to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum's newest train garden, a 360-degree, custom-built feature that is proving to be a major attraction on Main Street. "This is definitely something unique," Tom Hane, site manager at the Ellicott City Station, said of the display by the Washington Metropolitan Area Lego Train Club.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
An Ellicott City firehouse will be home to a train garden geared toward providing holiday gifts for needy children now through Jan. 1. The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is holding the free open house for the 15th year, fire officials said. Visitors may bring money and new, unwrapped toys that will go to needy children in the county. The train garden is at Ellicott City Fire Station No. 2, 4150 Montgomery Road. It is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. The train garden is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Christmas Day. Group tours can be arranged by calling 410-313-2036.
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Jacques Kelly | December 7, 2012
When I heard that Highlandtown had rolled out another holiday train garden, I hailed a cab and told the driver to take me to the Conkling Street firehouse. What I found was the authentic thing. Train gardens in firehouses are a wonderful tradition. This Highlandtown version is a community-based, all-volunteer project. Donors and local businesses come up with about $3,800. A raffle and public donations allow the electric trains to keep running on the $5,000 annual budget. And there are some beauties here, acknowledging the neighborhood's industrial heritage.
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By Katie V. Jones | December 4, 2012
Kaitlyn Hughes had no trouble picking out her favorite in the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department's 19th annual train garden display. The 12-year-old, who came with her cousins, liked the autumn scene the best. "I like it because I like fall," said Kaitlyn, of Edgewood, as she watched the trains circle the various scenes. "It's my favorite time of year. " She was baffled by the dinosaur sitting in the scene, however, as were Vanessa and Allison Carroll, of Halethorpe. "We're not sure about about the the dinosaurs," admitted Vanessa, who was visiting for the first time before getting a Christmas tree from the parking lot. "It's nice.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 30, 2012
The Historical Society of Harford County has two Christmas events happening this month at the society's headquarters in downtown Bel Air. The society's popular Model Train Show is running Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. through Dec. 16. Admission to the train show is $4 for adults, $2 for children and free for children under 4. It's one of at least three train gardens on display locally...
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December 27, 2011
It wouldn't be Christmas in Harford County without a visit to the annual Christmas Train Garden sponsored by the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company. The train garden is up and running at the firehouse at 3825 Federal Hill Road in Jarrettsville. The train garden, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is open to the public. There's no admission charge. There is a scavenger hunt for pieces inside the gardens. If someone can find the snowman with the bird nest hat, then they will receive a voucher for Keyes Creamery.
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By Robert Lee and Robert Lee,SUN STAFF | December 21, 1990
The Riviera Beach volunteer fire department has outdone itself again with this year's train garden, adding on the largest new development in the ever-growing model city's 12-year Christmas tradition.Three firefighters -- volunteers George and Jim Boney and full-timer Ted Heinbuch -- ripped out a wall in the firehouse basement to find the room for expanding the 294-square-foot train garden.The garden includes eight trains, two trolleys, two subways and 50 cars.A counter at the entrance to the train room -- located under the Railroad Crossing sign behind the firehouse -- says about 2,000 visitors have come to see the exhibition since it opened during the Thanksgiving holiday.
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By Lois Szymanski and Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 13, 1995
THIS WEEKEND you can walk into a scene that looks like the inside of a Christmas snow globe when you attend "Christmas in the Valley" at Pleasant Valley Fire Department.The train garden will be up and running, full steam ahead, with five trains and a fully operational HO-scale racetrack.The garden will include scenic mountains and towns nestled in ** valleys. What an opportunity for children and adults alike to get in the holiday spirit.Pleasant Valley's Ladies Auxiliary sponsors "Christmas in the Valley" annually, a craft show with vendors selling their wares.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
The neon sign flashing "Casino" seems out of sync with the rest of the idyllic Christmas village on display at the Ellicott City Fire Station, reminding onlookers of Pottersville, the racy city that would have replaced homey Bedford Falls if George Bailey hadn't been born in "It's a Wonderful Life. " Down the hill, amid tidy drifts of fake snow, a worker puts the finishing touches on a billboard for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad that entices riders with the slogan "Sleep like a Kitten," written in old-timey cursive.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
Model trains, not turkey, top the Thanksgiving menu for the Schumm family of Harford County. They have, for the past nine years, forgone the traditional dinner so they can treat thousands of others to a visual feast at the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees, which opens Friday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. For the past several months, the Havre de Grace residents have been building a massive train garden in a storefront space donated by the operators at the Perryville Outlet Center in Cecil County.
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