Wow! Who knew there were so many train gardens in and around Harford County? Thank you to The Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society for putting this list together. If you are willing to travel, they have a ton more train gardens in the Maryland area listed on their web site www.wvmgrs.org/TrainGardens.htm#MarylandN
Applewood Farm, 4435 Prospect Road, Whiteford, MD. “Christmas at Applewood”. Eight model train displays and The Applewood Express, a miniature 1870’s vintage steam train that will carry guests on a scenic 6/10 mile tour. Plus Christmas trees, hayrides, petting zoo, kiddy maze, lawn bowling, reindeer antler toss, & 1773 log barn. November 28 through December 20, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 4pm. www.applewoodfarm.org
Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 17th Annual Christmas Model Train Open House has been under construction for the past 17 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 8, 15, 22, 29, Thursday December 3, 6:30pm – 9pm. Saturdays December 12, 19, 26, 11am – 4pm. Sunday December 6, 27 1pm – 5pm. If you need information or directions, please call our office between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. 410-658-4297.
Christopher’s Train Garden, Broom’s Bloom Ice Cream and Dairy Store, 1700 South Fountain Green Road (MD 543), Bel Air, MD. Train garden displayed in memory of Christopher Cooper by his family and friends. See the Ocean City Boardwalk, complete with an operating model roller coaster, rides and many other favorite OC attractions. Come experience the magic of the Polar Express. Enjoy trains of all sizes as they circle in and around models of local favorites such as Bel Air’s Main Street, Brooms Bloom Dairy Farm and Annie’s Playground. Feel the holiday spirit with the Dickens and Christmas Villages along with lots of animation including skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters and much more. There is a play area for children with a train table and an area to color, read stories and write letters to Santa. November 27 through December 30. Wednesday to Sunday Noon – 8pm. 410-399-COWS, www.bbdairy.com
Havre de Grace Holiday Express, 137 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, MD. Havre de Grace Alliance, the Harford Modular Railroad Group and many other sponsors present the Havre de Grace Holiday Express!
A 75’ x 15’ HO Scale Model Railroad Display & Holiday Bazaar. Local Vendors, Santa appearances & much more! Starting November 28th through January 2nd, 2016. www.hdgholidayexpress.com
Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD. This year’s Jacksonville Train Garden features Jacksonville at Holiday Time, Maryland State Fair, Baltimore Inner Harbor, 34th Street, United States Naval Academy, and Army/Navy Lacrosse. Plus a free chance for “Mini Me” raffle (scale model of your house). December 14 through January 2. December 18, 28, 11am – 7pm, December 14-17, 21-24, 29-31, 11am – 3pm, December 19-20, December 26-27, January 2, Noon – 5pm. 410-887-8208, www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/aging/centers/jacksonville.html
Jarrettsville Nurseries, 4336 Saint Clair Bridge Road, Jarrettsville, MD and 1121 Holy Cross Road, Street, MD. Create a holiday tradition. Cut your own or fresh cut trees, wagon rides, wreaths, and other decorations. And, of course, train gardens at both locations. Early Bird opening on November 21st and 22nd at St. Clair Bridge Rd site only from 9am – 5pm. November 27 through December 20. Weekdays 10am – 5pm. Weekends 9am – 5pm. 410-452-8677, www.jntrees.com
Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 34th Annual Train Garden open from November 27 through January 10. Open Fridays 6:30pm – 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm – 9pm, 9am – 9pm Saturday December 12 for the Craft Fair. Also January 1 1pm – 9pm, and December 21-23, 28-31 6:30pm – 9pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 410-692-7890, www.jarrettsvillevfc.com
Mason Dixon Large Scale Railroad Society, Bel Air Town Center, 500 Block of Baltimore Pike (US Business 1, enter between Chili’s and Taco Bell and go straight), Bel Air, MD. View two G-gauge layouts: a large, 72-foot long modular layout with scratchbuilt model structures the depicting local area and lots of animated scenes. Also, a smaller Christmas tree layout with illuminated buildings in a wintry scene is in the store window. November 27 – January 3, Thursdays and Fridays 5pm – 9pm, Saturdays Noon – 9pm, Sundays Noon – 5pm, also November 27 Noon – 9pm, December 26-27 Noon – 9pm, December 28-30 5pm – 9pm. www.mdlsrs.com
Perryville Railway Museum, Perryville MARC Train Station, 650 Broad Street, Perryville, MD. The museum features railroad pictures and memorabilia from different time periods of Perryville history. There is a model train layout showing how the tracks for both Norfolk Southern and Amtrak run through Perryville. Sundays year-round Noon – 4pm. www.perryvillemd.org