It is Christmas around Baltimore in miniature proportions with the Best Model Train Gardens. Trains of every model scale are on display in winter wonderland layouts.
Holiday Festival Of Trains
B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
Baltimore’s largest holiday display of model trains is located at the B&O Railroad Museum. The Holiday Festival of Trains runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and includes events and activities for the family. Santa arrives by locomotives on the weekends and he is ready to take Christmas lists back with him to the North Pole. O-Scale and HO-Scale trains resemble the early industrial years of Baltimore. LEGO trains and N-Scale Japan Rail Modelers’ layouts are also on display during the festival.
The Trains Of Christmas Show
300 S. Burhans Boulevard
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Steam diesel trains by Lionel, Williams and Weaver chug along the tracks of The Trains of Christmas Show at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. O and HO-scale engines make their way through winter scenery of the smallest scale. Train and railroad sounds make for an authentic experience and kids will be able to help run the station. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum also has many artifacts and railroad memorabilia of the local Hagerstown, Md. area. The sights and sounds of The Trains Of Christmas Show make for a fun holiday tradition.
The Fire Museum Of Maryland
1301 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
Check out the model trains of The Fire Museum of Maryland every Saturday during the holiday season. Santa arrives to mark the opening to the season. Also, explore the museum’s collection of firefighter tools and equipment throughout Maryland’s history. There are 40 fire apparatuses on display dating from 1806. There are sure to be plenty of miniature fire fighters on display on the train garden of The Fire Museum of Maryland.
Holiday Trains At Homestead Gardens
743 W. Central Avenue
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Homestead Gardens is a leader in local landscaping, so it is no surprise they know how to build a great train garden. Their train display is never the same from year-to-year, and after one visit, you will be anxious to see what new layout they will design next. Months of planning and preparation go into making their display one of the area’s best. The train village collection has been growing bigger each year and train hobbyists enjoy seeing items they have not seen in years. The Holiday Train at Homestead Gardens has been a tradition the lives on with every employee and guest.
Highlandtown Train Garden
520 S. Conkling Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Volunteers bring the holiday family tradition of model train gardens to East Baltimore with the Highlandtown Train Garden. The engineers recreate the sights and streets of Highlandtown with four operating engines. Local shops on display are actually real donors that have helped contribute to the train garden. Kids will enjoy spotting the hundred miniature figurines along the tracks. “All aboard” the Highlandtown Train Garden.
Home of James Lanahan & Donald Thompson
6 Bellington Court
Nottingham, MD 21236
This garden is in a home. The garden started five years ago in a small area of the rec room the size of a ping pong table with just a few buildings for the enjoyment of family and friends. It has grown to more than 400 buildings and animation features. Your donation of a non-perishable food item goes to Eastern Family Shelter located on Franklin Square Blvd. in Rossville, Md.