Grandpa's Holiday Train Garden Page for 2018

Grandpa has retired and left the Baltimore area to wander the country in a motor home with Grandma. His grandsons are no longer train-crazy but he is still enamored with the Baltimore tradition of Christmas Train Gardens. In collaboration with Chris Hancock of "Trainsrcool" (currently under re-construction), he has compiled this list of train gardens. The list is meant to be inclusive, in addition to the traditional Baltimore firehouse holiday train gardens, any train display, open house, etc., whether holiday themed or not, is included, with a rather broad geographic coverage as well.

Here are links to some articles on the history of train gardens:

Tracking Down a Seasonal Baltimore Phenomenon (Baltimore City Paper 2000)

Holiday Train Garden Traditions (Fire Museum of Maryland)

And you might enjoy, as I did, Paul Race's musings on "What Do Trains Have To Do With Christmas?"


We strive to maintain a comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date list of train gardens, displays, and open houses in the greater Baltimore-Washington DC area. Please help us by sending any corrections, additions, deletions, broken links, etc. to traingarden@wvmgrs.org
(Last updated: 21 November 2018)


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Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks. In 2017, the Arbutus Auto Body Train Garden moved to the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. I'm keeping a separate entry on the list both to acknowledge the long-time support Arbutus Auto Body Shop gave this Train Garden and to help folks find this train display. www.facebook.com

Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Southwestern Boulevard Baltimore, MD. 25th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Garden. New design every year. The firehouse also hosts Charles Richter's 18th annual Train Garden that was previously displayed at Arbutus Auto Painting and Bodyworks. Two train gardens at one stop, you can't beat that! November 18 through January 1, Weeknights 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Weekends 11am - 8:30pm, Christmas Eve, New Year Eve, 11am - 4pm, and New Year's Day 1am - 6pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 410-242-6601, www.arbutusvfd.org

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD. Magical Holiday Express. Trains are magical during the holidays! There is no better place to be a child than at the B&O Railroad Museum! All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. There is something to see and do every day at this annual holiday event! Walk through a 30-foot Christmas tree in the center of the B&O's historic roundhouse and enjoy all new holiday themed weekends featuring some of your favorite guests. All Aboard! Be sure to check out their website for all the details! December 1 through 31, Monday through Saturday 10am - 4pm. Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org

Baltimore City Fire Department, Engine Company 45 and Medic 14, 2700 Glen Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Continuing a longtime tradition, the Baltimore City Fire Department presents its 61st Annual Holiday Train Garden. Each year the garden features displays with themes relative to the Fire Department and current issues. The Train Garden occupies almost half of the station and is expected to draw more than 10,000 people. Operating every day 9am - 9pm from November 24 through January 6. 443-984-1529. www.facebook.com

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, 225 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD. Open House 2nd Sunday of the month, 1pm - 5pm. Two large (12'x65') layouts featuring diesel, steam trains, and trolleys in HO and O scale, operating Thomas the Tank Engine model. Additional static model displays, 34 authentic railroad heralds, and railroad manufacturer's publicity photos. Special Holiday open house dates: December 9, 16, 30, January 6, 13, 20, and 27, 410-837-2763 (Friday evenings), www.modelengineers.com

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1911 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD. "Santa's Streetcar", Ride an authentic streetcar with Santa Claus, see the decorated tree and train gardens, listen to a reading of "A Visit from Saint Nick", and enjoy holiday refreshments and music. Saturday and Sunday, December 8, 9, 15, and 16, Noon - 5pm. 410-547-0264, www.baltimorestreetcarmuseum.org/

Catonsville Historical Society. Flooding this spring damaged the basement of their museum which housed the train garden so it will not be running this year. Hope to see you next year!

Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market), Zion Church of Baltimore, City Hall Plaza, 400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD. For the 20th time this year, The Christkindlmarkt features - Imported German Products, including: Stollen, Advent Calendars, Lebkuchen, Domino Steine, Printen, Spekulatius, Pfeffernüsse, Lübecker Marzipan, Collector Gift Boxes from Nurnberg, and more; German and American Arts and Crafts Venders Products include: Pyramids, Smokers, Nutcrackers, Jewelry, Ornaments, Figurines, Schwibbogen/Candle Arches ... A Train Garden ... Join us for a bit of glühwein, a wurst, gulaschsuppe, imported bier, and gemütlichkeit! Guided tours of Zion Church are available. Saturday November 24 10am - 4pm, Sunday November 25, 11am - 4pm. 410-727-3939, www.zionbaltimore.org

Christmas on 34th Street, Baltimore, MD. This is a Baltimore tradition almost as old as train gardens. For the 72nd year, this street in the Hampden district of Baltimore is brilliantly lit up for Christmas, and the glow spills over into the surrounding neighborhood. And, since there are some trains in it, I get to include it in this list! November 24 through January 1, Dusk - 11pm, except Dec 24 and Dec 31 when they stay on all night! www.christmasstreet.com

Clayville Railroads, 8269 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Pasadena, MD. Clayville Railroads, established in 1999, is an outdoor G scale train garden with approximately 400 ft. of track that run through multiple different town areas throughout the 1500 sq. ft. display. It is set in all-natural landscape and hardscape including a fishpond with a waterfall. We have a total of 6 tracks running with two tunnels and a bridge going over the pond and one of the tunnels goes under the waterfall. November 29 to December 2, December 6-9, and December 13-16, 5pm - 9pm. Many, many special events and activities, be sure to check out the website and Facebook page. www.clayvillerailroads.com and www.facebook.com

Don Myers, 3064 Deepwater Way, Edgewood, MD. Outdoor train display and huge roller coasters, sponsored by K'NEX. Attempting to build and run the tallest K'NEX roller coaster. Be sure to keep an eye out for Daffy Duck! November 27 through January 6, 6pm - 9pm weekdays, 3pm - 9pm weekends, weather permitting, closed December 9 and Christmas Day. Santa will visit on December 22rd providing the weather is good.

Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society, 4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD. The 17th annual train garden has trains running on four different levels, some down right where the little ones can see them. Modeling Maryland from Ocean City to our hometown of Dundalk, with over 150 action scenes, including a huge circus and an expanded zoo. Open December 1 through the January 6. Monday-Friday, 1pm - 7pm, Saturday-Sunday Noon - 8pm. Closing at 5pm on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. Call 410-284-2331 for more information. dundalktraingarden.blogspot.com

Ellicott City Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. Holiday Model Train Gardens featuring the Washington, D. C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club 360 Degree Layout and more! Special LEGO events by Classic Plastic Bricks! Opening November 23 and running through January 6. The Railroad Station Museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 2pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 7pm, and Sundays from Noon - 5pm. 410-313-1945, www.howardcountymd.gov and www.facebook.com

Epiphany Lutheran Church 4301 Raspe Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Visit us soon to see our 6th Annual Christmas Train Garden. It's fun for the whole family! Featuring trains, carnival rides, skiers, moving & lighted displays, Rudolph’s Village, and more. November 24 through January 6. Saturdays Noon - 5pm and Sundays 10am - 3pm. Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 5pm. 410-485-7654, god-is-love.org

Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, MD. See 42 antique fire engines and a 1950s “O” Scale Train Garden. The Underground Subway, Light Rail system plus the Bromo Seltzer Tower, Gwynn Oaks Amusement Park, the Baltimore Zoo, the Viaduct, Baltimore neighborhoods, and a car dealership on fire are featured. Be sure to check out the historic photos of Baltimore area train gardens. Open November 24 (Photos with Santa 11am - 2pm), December 1, 8, 15, 22, 27-30, 10am - 4pm. 410-321-7500, www.firemuseummd.org

Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD. Come visit us and enjoy some holiday fun provided by train enthusiast Dennis Moore. Our Holiday Train Garden features four continuously operating trains. Visitors of all ages delight in the buttons to activate accessories or sounds. December 1 through January 19. Open during center operating hours, Monday through Saturday 7am -9pm, Sundays 9am - 6pm. 410-313-4840. www.baltimoresun.com

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Martin State Airport Hangar 5, Suite 531, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, MD. The 5th annual Martinville Christmas Train and Plane Garden showcases four trains running over the river and through the woods or, more accurately, over the hills and through the mountains. The airport and aircraft made a return appearance with a beautiful backdrop. Santa arrives by airplane on November 24 at 11:30am! November 24 through January 12. Museum operating hours, Wednesday through Saturday 11am -3pm. 410-682-6122. www.mdairmuseum.org

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. December 1-2, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087, www.greenbergshows.com

Highlandtown Holiday Train Garden, Engine Company 41, 520 South Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD. For our 10th year we have 2 new greatly expanded displays – Patterson Park and Highlandtown. November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-9, 15 through January 1, except Christmas Day, 11am - 5pm. www.highlandtowntraingarden.com

Howard County Fire and Rescue Train Garden and Open House, Hosted by Ellicott City Fire Company #2, 4150 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD. 21st Annual Train Garden. A 24 x 10 Foot display that largely fills a glass-walled room. Coal locomotives, switch tracks, flashing train signals. In all there are eight trains, including a circus train, an Amtrak passenger train and a long freight train that course along various tracks, on various levels, chugging into tunnels, disappearing into and then emerging from snow-covered mountains. There’s a carousel and a North Pole scene, complete with Santa Claus and his elves. Open December 1 through January 1. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 11am - 8:30pm, Wednesday through Friday 6:30 - 8:30pm. Christmas Eve 11am - 5pm. New Year's Eve 11am - 8:30pm. Closed Christmas Day. Call 410-313-2036 for additional information and additional hours. www.ellicottcityvfa.com

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. Celebrating 29 years! An extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complimented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages, also nightly entertainment for the whole family! November 23-25, Friday & Saturday 10am - 8pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm. festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org

Marley Station Mall, 7900 Governor Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD. Holiday Train Garden. A tradition in Glen Burnie for 22 years. Created by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, this legendary display features a number of multi-level scenes featuring 16 trains and many landscapes - airport, beach, raceway, towns, oil fields, freight yards, the North Pole with the Polar Express, Gumdrop City and scenes from the movie "Cars" - with a number of interactive elements for the enjoyment of parents and children alike. And a passenger train circling it all from above. Opening November 17 and running through December 31. Monday to Saturday, 10am - 9pm, Sundays Noon - 6pm. 410-766-2033, www.facebook.com

Morton's Model Railroads, 2000 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Open houses November 24 through December 30, Saturdays & Sundays, 2pm - 6pm.

Pinehurst Wine Shoppe, 6242 Bellona Avenue, Baltimore, MD. The Burke Express, named in honor of 11-year-old store regular Burke Manual, consists of a detailed tabletop display and a suspended layout overhead with over 260 feet of double track. In addition, they set up a LEGO village and train during the holiday season. Open during store hours, Monday through Saturday 9am - 7pm. The Charlesmead Pharmacy next store has an old-fashioned soda fountain serving lunch, milkshakes, and snowballs! www.pinehurstwineshoppe.com

Scottish Rite Temple, 3800 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 5th Annual train garden with new, bigger designs this year. Thirteen trains on display with skiers, moving, and lighted display. December 26 through 28, 10am - 3pm.

Severna Park Model Railroad Club, 3 Riggs Avenue, Severna Park, MD Home of the historic HO scale Chesapeake & Allegheny Railroad, spanning Maryland, “From the Mountains to the Bay,” circa 1950. Noted for their urban scenery, impressive steel works and robust coal operation, this club has been featured on the cover of Model Railroader four times. Located in the old Severna Park train station along the Baltimore & Annapolis rail trail. Open House December 8 & 9, Noon - 3pm. severnapark.railfan.net/

The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD. A spectacular holiday tradition – The 30th annual Christmas Train Garden featuring ninety-eight feet of action-packed model trains, animations and lots of your favorite characters!! The display contains nine different trains running simultaneously including a commuter train, a freight train, passenger, trolley, military and three different Thomas the Tank Engine trains. The display also features lots of animations, displays and figures including a series of blinking signal lights. Every year the Train Group who designs, produces and constructs the Garden add new and exciting features for all to enjoy. The 2017 Train Garden will feature a tribute to our troops, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, city scene with lots of new buildings, fireman’s carnival, and rural scenes. November 23 through January 4, Monday through Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sundays 11am - 7pm. 410-321-1909, www.theshopsatkenilworth.com

Subway City Holiday Train Garden, Mondawmin Metro Subway Station, 2307 Liberty Heights Avenue (intersection with Reisterstown Road), Baltimore, MD. The interactive train garden, in its 8th year, features a four-car subway train moving around a cityscape, platform, zoo, park, neighborhoods and a construction site. Kids young and old can experience the magic of the train garden and are encouraged to participate in the fun by pushing interactive buttons and watching objects move in the train garden. The holiday display was designed and built by MTA Metro Subway employees on their own time with materials and time donated by the MTA and several contractors. You can run the trains yourself by pushing the button! The display is located on the Mezzanine Level of the Mondawmin Metro Station and is available for public viewing during normal Metro Subway operating hours, from November 24 through January 1. LAST YEAR'S INFO

Sykesville and Patapsco Railway, Downtown Sykesville, MD. This display of railroad history includes a 1910 Pullman Parlor Car, 1927 B&O Caboose, 1910 Interlocking Tower with N, HO, O, and G-gauge model train displays. Open Houses December 1, 2, 8, 9, & 15. January 5, 6 & 20, Noon - 4pm. Open houses are normally held the 1st Sunday of each month from Noon - 4pm. 443-280-9878, www.sprailway.org

Toy Train Operating Society, Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire House, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD. The National Capital Division presents their Family Train and Toy Show. Trains and accessories (old and new) in all scales for sale, repair and replacement parts, and test tracks. Sunday December 9, 9am - 3pm.

Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, 214 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, MD. 37th Holiday Train Display. This year's layout which is over 1000 sq. ft. in size, 5 levels, 13 trains & 2 trolleys on their own loops, 12 trains are O Gauge and one train that is a Lionel Standard gauge train in a scene looking back 100 years to show what it may have looked like back then. One train you can't see because it is under water and about 250 different animated items bring the display to life which includes our famous operating highways. A 10' bridge that links the city to the North Pole for the scale O Gauge Polar Express which is new this year. An 8' x 8' water area at the end of our 20' real waterfall that is 5 levels high. And in the water you may see a sail boat, a shark attacking a jet ski, a power boat pulling a skier or something else moving on the water and it will be running thru the bridge's piers. Watch animated Orioles & Ravens games, see our giant amusement park which includes our famous roller coaster. Also see our totally new professional lighting system which will let you see the display from morning through evening back into morning. November 24 through January 6. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends Noon - 9pm, closed Christmas Day. 410-288-0710, www.wavfc.org

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Brookside Gardens, 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. The Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society returns for its fourteenth year to operate a garden railway inside the South Conservatory. The South Conservatory comes to life with a landscape in miniature, as trains and trolleys wind their way through town and country scenes, past one-of-a kind models of the Brookside Gardens Conservatories, the Dentzel Carousel, the Chautauqua Tower of Glen Echo Park, and many other Montgomery County landmarks. Colorful plantings light up both greenhouses, plantings providing accent and contrast in the scene. Winter may rule the outside landscape but the conservatories will be bright with color and active with sound and motion to match the festive feeling of the season. November 17-18, November 23 through January 1, 10am - 5pm daily (closed Christmas Day). Also open for Garden of Lights ticket holders, November 16-18, November 23 through January 1 (closed December 24 & 25), Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday, 5:30 - 10:00pm. 301-962-1400, www.wvmgrs.org and www.montgomeryparks.org

College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD. "Holiday Trains and Planes" Exhibit. During the holiday season College Park Aviation Museum gets ready for the festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating and constantly moving display of model railroads to the Museum. Saturday, December 15 through Saturday, December 22, 10am - 5pm. 30l-864-6029; TTY 30l-864-4765, www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com

National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, MD. Holly TrolleyFest. Celebrate the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, December 1 through 23, Noon - 5 pm. 301-384-6088, www.dctrolley.org

The National Christmas Tree, The Ellipse, Washington, DC. What's a Christmas tree without a train running around it? For the 25th consecutive year, enjoy the National Christmas Tree Railroad encircling "our" Christmas Tree (and all the other decorations). November 28 through January 1, 10am - 10pm Monday through Friday, 10am - 11pm Saturday and Sunday. 202-208-1631, www.nps.gov/whho/ and www.nctrr.com

Rockville Lions Club, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD. 28th Annual Modular Train Show. The show features several rooms of large operating displays of model railroads – Z, N, and HO Scales; a Garden Railway Setup in G-Scale; a Lionel modular setup; and a Lego layout – provided by local Model Railroad Associations. Their members are always eager to talk with visitors about their railway systems and the designs, as well as share insights or answer any questions about model railroading. Saturday November 10, 10am - 4pm and Sunday November 11, Noon - 4pm. www.rockvillelions.org

Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington DC. One of the station’s most popular holiday traditions since 1997, the Union Station Christmas tree is a gift from Norway to the people of Washington, D.C. The treasured Union Station holiday train, with its setting evocative of coastal Maine, returns to Main Hall and will relocate to the center of Main Hall. November 24 through January 1. Monday through Saturday 10am - 7pm. Sunday 10am - 6pm. Closed Christmas and New Year's. 202-289-1908, www.unionstationdc.com LAST YEAR'S INFO

U. S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. Season's Greenings: All Aboard! his year, explore America by train as our annual holiday display showcases historic railroad stations across the country. In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic depots from across the United States. View thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Our collection of D.C. landmarks made from plant materials will return to fill the Garden Court, this year including a new addition to be unveiled this fall. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America's natural and cultural treasures. Display opens November 22 and runs through January 1, 10am - 5pm daily. Extended evening hours until 8pm with seasonal music on December 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 27, 29. 202-225-8333, www.usbg.gov

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Chesapeake Susquehanna & Western Model Railroad, 36 Porter Road, North East, MD. 20th Annual Christmas Model Train Open House has been under construction for the past 17 years and continues to change each year. Tuesdays December 11, 18, Thursdays December 6, 20, 27, 6:30pm - 9pm. Saturdays December 15, 22, 29, 11am - 4pm. Sunday December 2, 9, 23 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 23 through December 30. Wednesday to Sunday Noon - 8pm. Santa visits on Saturday's and Sundays from 12-2 at which time there are also fun activities for kids such as cookie decorating, crafts etc.410-399-COWS, www.bbdairy.com

Hickory Hill Farm, 3123 Copenhaver Road, Street, MD. We introduced our train garden in 2013. One of our customers is an avid train enthusiast. He had been looking for a place to share his work. We made some space and Hickory Hill Train Garden was born. Hickory Hill Train Garden has been a labor of love and a dream come true. November 17 through December 16. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9am - 5pm. 410-838-2820, www.hickoryhilltrees.com

Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD. This year's Jacksonville Train Garden features Fells Point, Inner Harbor Maritime Weekend, Little Italy, Monster Trucks at Royal Farms Arena, Mount Royal Station, Edgar Allan Poe House, American Visionary Art Museum, Mount B'More, Ocean City Cruisin' Cars, Polar Bear Plunge, Wisp Ski Resort, and "Secret" Western Maryland Location. December 10 through 28. Weekdays 11am - 3pm, Weekends 11am - 4pm, Christmas Eve 11am - 2pm. 410-887-8208, www.jaxsc.com

Jarrettsville Nurseries, 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, a train garden! November 23 through December 23. Weekdays 10am - 5pm. Weekends 9am - 5pm. 410-452-8677, www.jarrettsvillenurseriesmd.com and www.facebook.com

Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, MD. 37th Annual Train Garden open from November 23 through January 13. Open Fridays 6:30pm - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 9pm, 9am - 9pm Saturday December 8 for the Craft Fair. Also December 26-28 6:30pm - 9pm, New Year's Eve and Day 1pm - 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, former Scrapmasters Store next to Liberatore's Restaurant), Bel Air, MD. 26th Annual Christmas Train Show. 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. Opening Day November 23 1pm - 9pm. Then November 24 - December 1, Thursdays and Fridays 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays 1pm - 9pm, Sundays 1pm - 5pm, also December 26-27 5pm - 9pm. www.facebook.com

Mr. Christmas, 22 Kitzbuhel Road in Parkton, MD. 24th Annual Benefit for the Maryland Food Bank Christmas Light Display. Bring the entire family and enjoy over 50,000 Christmas lights on display and outside G-Scale Trains on display. December 23 through December 30. Lights go on at 5pm and off at 9pm Sunday through Thursday, on at 5pm and off at 10pm Friday and Saturday. Trains go on at 6pm and off at 10pm. www.donahoocollision.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. Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Noon - 4pm. www.perryvillemd.org

Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company, 2030 South Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster, MD. 36th Annual "Christmas in the Valley" The train garden was redesigned features several new attractions as well as some favorites from past train garden displays. This year's layout includes an amusement park, farms, towns, a quarry, and fire scenes along with many other detailed items. November 24, Saturday and Sunday November 24 through December 30 from Noon - 4pm. November 23, December 23-23 Noon - 6pm. December 24 3pm - 7pm. December 26-28, 4pm - 8pm. Also November 10 9am - 3pm for "Christmas in the Valley". 410-848-1977, www.pleasantvalleyfire.org

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Antietam Station, 17230 Shepherdstown Pike (Route 34), Sharpsburg, MD. The Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum presents their Open Houses with operating model train layouts. January 6, 13, 20, 27, Sundays 1pm - 5pm. 301-800-9829. http://antietamstation.com

The Barn at Springfield Farm, 12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD. The Town of Williamsport presents the 10th annual Charlie Brown Christmas. Free (small fee for horse drawn wagon rides) bring your cameras and check out Santa & Mrs.? Claus, Buster the talking bear, reindeer in the rafters, 100+ decorated trees, train display, snow in the barn, and enjoy reindeer snacks. December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 3pm - 8pm and December 4 & 6 11am - 5pm. www.williamsportmd.gov

Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD. For over 30 years, the Museum has preserved the history of Brunswick. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated as Brunswick in 1890. That same year the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began construction of the 5-mile rail yard that would reshape Brunswick into a company town with a population of over 5000! See lots of real trains running just down the street! Thursdays and Fridays 10am - 2pm, Saturdays 10am - 4pm, Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. 301-834-7100, www.brunswickmuseum.org

Brunswick Christmas Train, Toy, and Collectible Sale and Show, Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company, 1500 Volunteer Drive, Brunswick, MD. 5th Annual Show features operating model train layouts, raffles and food. Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrive at 1:00pm. December 15, 9am - 3pm. 732-600-9059

Frederick County Society of Model Engineers, 423 East Patrick Street (near the Great Frederick Fairgrounds) in Frederick, MD. The club HO and HOn3 layout is housed in a restored heavyweight Chesapeake & Ohio six-door baggage type car. A G-scale layout is adjacent to the car. Open House Schedule is as follows. All dates are 1pm - 4pm. Annual Winter Open Houses, January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3. www.facebook.com

Greenway Farms, 14098 Monticello Drive, Cooksville, MD and 15101 Frederick Road, Woodbine, MD. Choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms plus other decorations and crafts. There is a train display at both locations, plus plenty of hot cocoa and hot cider! Opens November 23 through December 20. Cooksville field, weekends 9am - 4:30 pm. Woodbine field, weekdays 11am - 6pm, weekends 9am - 6pm. 410-442-2388, greenwaytrees.net

Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. The 29th anniversary "Trains of Christmas" Show. Come and enjoy our Christmas at the Roundhouse Celebration, featuring the "Trains of Christmas" including the Polar Express! This 3 rail "O" scale layout features your favorite steam & diesel trains operating on 4 levels of winter wonderland. You get to enjoy the Trains of Christmas in addition to the year-round displays at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. November 2 - February 3, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm - 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Also open December 26 and 27. 301-739-4665, www.roundhouse.org

Harrisonville, a Model Railroad Town 3837 South Mountain Road, Knoxville, MD. Our 32nd year, come see 26 trains running indoors and one running outside around a 5,000-gallon pond! Beautiful self-painted backdrops, custom built bridges of various lengths and types, greatly detailed buildings and figures, several “one of a kind” custom assemblies and a collection of some locomotives, rolling stock, and accessories, many dating to the 1940’s. And children will love it!! Many hidden characters from TV and movies to be found. November 23 through January 15, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 11 - 7pm. Closed December 8.

Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, 12985 Frederick Road, West Friendship, MD. Holiday Open House. Train garden, antique displays, live music, refreshments and rides (weather permitting). December 1, 2, 8, 9, Noon - 3pm. www.farmheritage.org

Maryland and West Virginia Model Railroad Association, Allegany County Fairgrounds, off US Route 220 South - 11490 Moss Avenue Extended, Cumberland, MD. Holiday Season Open House. Saturdays November 24, December 22, 1pm - 5pm. Wednesdays November 28, December 5, 12, 19, 26, 6pm - 9pm. Sundays November 25 and December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1pm - 5pm. www.facebook.com

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 702 North Main Street, Mount Airy, MD. 14th Annual Holiday Train Garden. Every Saturday and Sunday in December Noon - 5pm. 301-829-0100 Option 2, www.mavfc.org

Roads and Rails Museum, 200 North East Street Frederick, MD. One of the largest model train displays in the country, with a zoo, circus, a working volcano, subway, coal mine, castle and much more. It took three years to build the "O" scale set-up and to collect some rare "orphan" cars to include in the display. Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday Noon - 5pm. 301-624-5524, www.roadsnrails.com

Thurmont’s Christmas Celebration, 5 East Main Street, Thurmont, MD. Join the Frederick County Society of Model Engineers and the Town of Thurmont for a Christmas Train Display! This is an assortment of G-Gauge Trains that are Christmas themed, along with the Polar Express train under a Christmas tree, and Santa’s Trolley zipping around. We will even have an N-Scale train set up as well. December 1st is the Town of Thurmont’s Christmas Celebration and we will join them in their festivities and will open from 10am - 6pm for everyone to see. We are expecting Santa Claus to make some appearances as well! The display will also be open December 2-30, Saturdays 10am - 4pm and Sundays Noon - 4pm. www.facebook.com

The Train Room, 360 South Burhan’s Boulevard (US 11), Hagerstown, MD. Come play with us at The Train Room and see one of the largest electric train displays with lots of hands on displays for kids of all ages. Home to one of the largest collections of rare and unusual items from Lionel, model railroading, and toys. Much of the collection pre-dates World War II. Monday through Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sundays Noon - 5pm. 301-745-6681, www.the-train-room.com

Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum, 41 North Main Street, Union Bridge, MD. The museum houses an extensive collection of WM artifacts and memorabilia, a voluminous photo archive, archival material directly from the Western Maryland, and an extensive railroader's library. Major exhibits include the Caller's Boards from Hagerstown and Ridgely, and the CTC panel for the Lurgan Subdivision. An N-Scale model railroad is also featured. Wednesdays 9am - 3pm (closed for lunch 11:30 - 12:30), Sundays 1-4pm. 410-775-0150. www.westernmarylandrhs.com

Westminster Town Mall, 400 North Center Street, Westminster, MD. The Four County Society of Model Engineers will have their Modular HO layout set up during the Holiday Season. November 23, 24, 25, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 26-29, January 5, 10am - 5 pm. November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11am - 5pm. November 28, December 5, 12, 19, 5pm - 9pm. November 30, December 7, 14, 20, 21, January 2, 3, 4, 6pm - 9pm. December 24, 10am - 4pm. December 31, 10am - 2pm. www.fcsme.org

Westminster Toy Train Show, Agricultural Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster, MD. Toy trains and related items for sale. Find those things needed for your Christmas Garden! Large operating train layout by the Baltimore American Flyer Club. November 18, 10am - 3pm.

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Blue Heron Christmas Tree Farm, 317 Devers Branch Road, Centreville, MD. "Choose-and-cut" Christmas trees, wreaths, and roping. Our farm has a kid's outdoor train display and we provide free hayrides beginning at 1pm on weekends. November 23 through December 16, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 9am - 5pm. www.blueherontreefarm.com

Cambridge Rescue Fire Company, 307 Gay Street, Cambridge, MD. Gaze in wonder at this holiday-themed train display at the Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company in historic downtown Cambridge. Perfect for all ages! The Train Garden features little towns, industrial areas, rural areas, scenic areas and several emergency rescue displays. The display, now in its 82nd year, has grown to 14 trains running on 750 feet of track, and is created each year by the volunteers with the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company. It takes six RFC members nine weeks and more than 400 man-hours to assemble the Train Garden. December 1-30. Weeknights 6pm - 9pm, Weekends 1pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm. 410-228-1211, www.tourdorchester.org

Delmarva Model Railroad Club, 103 State Street, Delmar, DE. 32th Annual Holiday Open House. 4 Weekends of great fun for the whole family! Come see over 8,000 sq. ft. of operating train layouts, including N scale, N Scale modules, HO, O Tinplate, O Scale, Standard, and LGB (G Scale). November 24-25, December 1-2, January 5-6, and January 12-13. Saturdays 11am to 4pm, Sundays Noon - 4pm. 302-856-9250 or 410-723-1709. www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org

Eagle Line Railroad, 12169 Ober Lane, Ridgely, MD. We have one of the largest Model Railroad Displays on the Shore! Every year we open our display during the holiday season for all to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to bring your family and friends and enjoy this creative attraction that we love to share with all! December 4 through January 6, Tuesday and Thursday 7pm - 9pm. December 9, 16, 23, 30, January 6, Sunday 1pm - 4pm. Santa will be our guest December 20. www.eaglelinerailroad.com

Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton, MD. Our 5th annual Holiday Layout features over 150 Department 56 buildings and Lionel trains operating on hundreds of feet of track. What began in 2013 as a small layout has more than tripled in size after a positive reception from the community and numerous donations of buildings and trains to allow us to expand. November 23 through December 25. Open weekdays 6pm - 8pm and weekends 2pm - 8pm. 410-822-4848. www.eastonvfd.org

Lands End Fellowship / His Praise Place, 102 Worcester Street, Ocean City, MD. Our train garden features three trains and a trolley on three different levels. The top level has 2 to 4 % grades unsupported by trusses. Open November 27 through January 6. Tuesdays 3pm - 6:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays Noon to 4pm. www.facebook.com

Main Street Deli, 10 South Main Street, Berlin, MD. Our 7th Annual Train Garden features five O gauge trains on three levels, along with several animated pieces. November 23 through December 31. Check their website for deli hours or call 410-641-1531. www.thedelionmainstreet.com

Museum of Eastern Shore Life, at Kent Narrows Outlets Shopping Center, 28 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD (Take Exit 41 from Route 50/301 at the West end of the Kent Narrows Bridge). Queen Anne’s Railroad Society. Festival of Trains. 10,000 square feet of operating layouts. All kinds of electric trains and antiques, from Z to G. Refreshments served. Open House November 25, December 1-2 & 8-9, Noon - 5pm. 410-758-8640, www.qarrs.org

Pocomoke River Canoe Company, 312 North Washington Street, Snow Hill, MD. The 26th Annual Corddry Company Crossing Train Garden that is reminiscent of Snow Hill many years ago. Children and their families will love this enchanted wonderland reduced to "O" gauge. November 23, December 7, 5pm - 8pm. December 8, 1pm - 4pm. December 9, Noon - 4pm. December 15 through December 30, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. 410-632-3971 for group info. www.snowhillmd.com

Pocomoke Train Garden at the Delmarva Discovery Museum, 2 Market Street, Pocomoke City MD. Come visit this train garden at its new home. December 1-31, Monday through Saturday from 10am - 4pm and Sundays from Noon - 4pm delmarvadiscoverycenter.org and www.facebook.com

Sudlersville Train Station Museum, 101 Linden Street, Sudlersville, MD. Old Fashioned Christmas. Museum open, model train running, refreshments. December 1-2 & 8-9, Saturday 10am - 2pm, Sunday Noon - 2pm. 410-438-3501, www.sudlersvillemuseum.org

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Greenstreet Gardens, 3391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian, MD. Holiday Train Garden. November 16 to December 24, weekdays, 9am -6pm., weekends 8am - 6pm. 410-867-9500, www.greenstreetgardens.com

Homestead Gardens 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. Set amid lavish banks of the nursery’s Christmas flowers and decorations, this stunning train garden offers so much to see that benches are set up around the display. With 7 G-gauge trains running through a wonderland of lavish scenery. Animated skiers and cable cars traverse the slopes under natural light pouring through the translucent roof. Display runs November 2 through December 30, Monday through Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 8am - 6pm, and Sunday 10am - 5pm. Check for extended hours during the holiday season. Visit after dark and also enjoy their unique and spectacular outdoor light display, beginning November 17. 301-261-4550, 410-798-5000, www.homesteadgardens.com

St. Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD. 33rd Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This year’s doll and train collections will be accompanied by documents or books that highlight aspects of St. Mary’s County’s past. Recapture your youth by running the model trains. December 1 - January 6, Noon - 4pm (closed Christmas Eve and Day) 301-769-2222, www.co.saint-marys.md.us

Tan’s Motorcycle Shop. There are conflicting reports on the web as to whether Tan's is closed or not and I have not been able to reach them. Please contact traingarden@wvmgrs.org if you have any information. Thanks.

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Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA. Come see the Prince William County Model Railroad Club's display, Saturday, November 17, 11am - 5pm, Sunday November 18, Noon - 4pm. www.pwcgov.org

Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas, VA. the National Capital Trackers present their festive, magical and truly awe-inspiring Christmas landscape at the Annual Winter Wonderland Train Show. Free to the community, this show is engaging for the whole family - kids will spend hours admiring the beauty and the adults will love the scale exhibit. Get into the holiday spirit at the Winter Wonderland Train Show. December 12-14, 5pm - 8pm, December 15, 10am - 5pm, December 16, 10am - 4pm. center-for-the-arts.org

Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William, VA. Trains will chug as The Prince William County Model Railroad Club displays a variety of model trains, December 8, 11am - 4pm, Sunday December 9, Noon - 4pm. www.pwcgov.org

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA. 29th Annual Holiday Train Show. Almost all scales are represented by our model train clubs: Lionel, HO, O, N, Standard, Z and Lego inside the museum and caboose, and the Garden scale outside encircling the museum. Santa will be there, and if the weather cooperates, we also will have numerous antique cars on display. Bring broken locomotives to the “Train Doctor” for advice on repairs (many simple fixes can be taken care of for free). Saturday December 1 10am - 5pm, Sunday December 2 Noon - 4pm. 703-425-9225, www.fairfax-station.org

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. A commercial show featuring operating model railroads and dealers selling trains and accessories. December 15-16, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm. 630-279-4087, www.greenbergshows.com

Herndon Depot Museum, Lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA. 13th Annual Herndon Holiday Model Train Show. Operating model train displays will be provided by members of the Northern Virginia N-Trak (N gauge) and the Potomac Modular Crew (HO gauge). December 8 & 9, 10am - 4pm. The Caboose and the historic W&OD Depot museum will be open the same hours and are also on Lynn Street. www.herndonhistoricalsociety.org

Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA. The Model Railroad Club presents a Christmas Display of Lionel Trains. Operating both HO layouts and a Lionel setup. Thursday, December 20, 10am - 11am. 703-765-4573, www.hollinhallseniorcenter.org

Hyatt Regency Reston Gingerbread Village, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA. he Gingerbread Village, a holiday tradition at the Hyatt Regency Reston since the hotel’s opening in 1990, is themed after a classic holiday village (with trains coming through town). The sweet and whimsical scene located in the main lobby is a kid's dream come true. November 23 through December 31. restontowncenter.com

Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, 231 Dominion Road, Vienna, VA. The NVMR is a HO scale model railroad layout that is on permanent display at the Vienna station. The club models a small railroad, the Western North Carolina, set in the 1950's. Open Houses November 17 and December 15. 1pm - 5pm, and open November 26 6pm - 9pm for the Holiday Stroll. 703-938-5157, www.nvmr.org

Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge, VA. Come see the Northern Virginia NTRAK Railroad Club's display, Saturday November 24, 11am - 4:30pm, Sunday November 25, Noon - 4pm. www.pwcgov.org

Prince William County Model Railroad Club, Quantico Depot, 550 Railroad Street, Quantico, VA. The PWMRC has a HO layout at the historic Quantico Depot. Open Houses December 1, 8, 15, January 6, 10am - 4pm. www.pwmrc.org

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Bevell’s Hardware, 109 North High Street, Blackstone, VA. Unfortunately, the trains at Bevell's will not be running during the 2018 holiday season due to family illness. bevellshardware.com/TrainDisplay.aspx

Dickens' Christmas Towne, Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, Lower Level, 111 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA. Celebrate family, art and literature during six magical weeks in this delightful holiday village. In recognition of the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this season will feature the first-ever U.S. exhibition of original book sketches by Christmas Carol illustrator P.J. Lynch. Let your imagination soar with magical fairies, carousel horses, weekend tea parties, a second giant train display, carolers, new entertainment, shops and more! Every child will receive a FREE copy of A Christmas Carol. Returning to this year’s experience will be Father Christmas, Geoffrey “the Talking Christmas tree”, puppet shows, magicians, a children’s crafts corner, and lots of free family activities! PLUS, special programming returns the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. November 17, 23, 24, December 1, 8, 15, 21, 22 10am - 8pm. November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Noon - 6pm. November 30, December 7, 14, 17-20, 4pm - 8pm. December 26-29, 31 10am - 6pm. December 24, Noon - 3pm. dickenschristmastowne.com/

Great Big Greenhouse, 2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA. The River City 3 Railers present their Holiday Display. November 30 through January 19. November 30 through December 23: Fridays 5pm - 8pm, Saturdays 9am - 7pm, Sundays 10am - 7pm. Christmas Eve, 10am - 4pm. December 28 through January 19: Fridays 5pm - 6pm, Saturdays 9am - 6pm, Sundays 10am - 6pm. New Years' Eve, 10am - 4pm. www.rivercity3railers.org www.greatbiggreenhouse.com

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. This year, famous works of art will come alive during Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. The exhibition will reinterpret well-known works of art in a spectrum of sparkling color, inviting guests to discover how sculpture, dance, music and paintings are informed by the natural world. Visitors will wander through a festive landscape alight in glimmering radiance and delight in handcrafted botanical decorations, all designed to illuminate nature and her power to inspire. November 23 through January 7 (closed Christmas Eve and Day), 5pm - 10pm. 804-262-9887, www.lewisginter.org

Rappahannock Model Railroaders, Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Springs Road, Fredericksburg, VA. 21st Annual Train Show and Sale featuring operating layouts of scales, displays, and model train vendors. December 8 and 9, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. 540-891-8963, www.rmrailroaders.com

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA. 41st Annual Model Railroad Show. Featuring all the bells and whistles, guests enjoy unique and traditional model train displays from across the state. Prance with Clydesdales, see healthy holiday cooking demonstrations and take a ride on the Teddy Bear Train! Learn how trains work, conduct experiments, check out special demonstrations and enjoy a holiday weekend filled with fun for the whole family. November 23-25, 9:30am - 5pm. 804-864-1400, www.smv.org

Tidewater Big Train Operators Club, Avalon Church of Christ, 844 Woodstock Road, Virginia Beach, VA. An indoor display with many large-scale trains running. November 30, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, December 1, 10am - 8:30pm, December 2, 1pm - 8pm, December 3-6, 5:30pm - 8pm, December 7, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, December 8, 10am -4pm. Also special afternoon showing for seniors and mobility impaired, December 5, 2pm - 4pm www.tbto.org/

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All Aboard Railroad, 1952 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA. 42nd annual operation. 20 S Gauge trains run continuously on 2000 ft. of track on 3 levels of an 800 sq. ft. layout. Animation and automation abound. A night scene is illuminated by more than 800 miniature lights. Open Saturdays and Sundays, November 24 through December 23, then daily from December 26-31. 1pm - 4pm. 717-392-1568, www.bartspneumatics.com

Antique Auto Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA. Our celebration to get you into the holiday spirit featuring dozens of themed decorated Christmas trees, unusual vehicles, vintage toys and cars, Hess Truck display, Model Train exhibits, Sammy the 29ft. snow plow, Grinch Scavenger Hunt and much more! November 17 through January 6, daily 9am - 5pm, Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 717-566-7100, www.aacamuseum.org

Conewago Valley Model Railroad Club, 206 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, PA. Baggage car & caboose beside the old train station. December 2 and 16, 1pm - 5pm.

Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, 440 Nelson Street, Chambersburg, PA. Christmas Open House. We have over 3700 pieces of rolling stock. 1207 on the tracks and 2500 on display. There's 909 square feet of HO, 501 of O and 120 of N. There are 35 HO scale miles of track, 8 O scale miles, and 10 N scale miles. G gauge is under construction, we have engines running a complete oval above your head when you walk in the door. December 10, 17, 23, and 30, January 7, and 14. Noon - 4pm. 717-263-6447, www.cvmrrc.com LAST YEAR'S INFO

Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 South Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA. The toy train display at Elizabethtown Public Library is constructed by The Train Guys. Designed to appeal to children (old and young) with its 50 interactive push buttons, this display takes viewers back to times when toy trains and Christmas were strongly linked. The display can operate up to 20 trains at once, with brand new trains and original and reproduced trains dating back to the early 1900's. Train displays have a rich history in Elizabethtown, with the first dating back to the 1920’s community displays upstairs at the Friendship Fire Co. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, train displays were a part of three local churches’ Christmas Bazaars. The tradition has continued for many years at Elizabethtown Public Library! December 1-29. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm - 8pm, closed Christmas Day, December 1, 8, 15, 10am - 4pm. December 22, 29, 10am - 2pm. December 14, 6pm - 8pm for Etown Nights. On Saturdays December 1, 8, and 15, 10am - 3:30pm, the Masonic Village will run a shuttle between their train display and the one at the library. etownpubliclibrary.org and www.facebook.com

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA. Toy Train Exhibit in the Centennial Barn. For many years, children of all ages have delighted in seeing passenger trains, freight trains and scenes reminiscent of Pennsylvania attractions and countryside at this annual event. The Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society brings a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains on an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides. Check it out from every angle. There is something for everyone as lights flash, burning buildings glow, sirens sound, cattle moo and Ferris wheels turn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year. November 24 through December 23, Saturdays and Sundays 12:30pm - 4:30pm. 717-599-5751, www.forthunter.org

Glen Rock Fire Department, Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main Street, Glen Rock, PA. Annual Christmas Train Display features 4 large layouts, HO, American Flyer, O, and G. With all of the trains we have over 1800 square feet of trains. There is lots of animation. See the real water and fish on the Garden layout. November 23 through January 6. Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Sundays 2pm - 6pm. Christmas Eve 9pm - Midnight. www.grfd.org

Harsco Science Center at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. A variety of beautifully decorated trees, surrounded by themed toy train sets and hands-on activities, will rekindle memories of holidays past and delight children of all ages. Open November 15 through December 30. Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, and Sunday 11:30am to 5pm. 717-214-2787, www.whitakercenter.org/

Koziar's Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Road Bernville, PA. Holiday Trains & Trees. Celebrating our 71st anniversary. Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly you find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more than one half-million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift bards, and landscape. See the hand-crafted outdoor train display with multiple tracks, station, and village. November 3 to Thanksgiving, Fridays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sundays, 5:30pm - 9pm. Thanksgiving to January 1, Weekdays 6pm - 9pm, Saturdays, 5pm - 9:30pm, Sundays, 5pm - 9pm. Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, New Year's Eve/Day. 610-488-1110, www.koziarschristmasvillage.com

Lutheran Home at Topton, Brandywine Community Library, Old Main Building, One South Home Avenue, Topton, PA. Public tours of the historic Christmas Putz. The miniature display had been taken apart to prevent damage to it from the current $8.2 million renovation project on Old Main but has been reassembled by resident volunteers. A traditional miniature display that covers 560 square feet, the Christmas Putz is a collection of antique miniature holiday displays. Mrs. Ida Henry, matron of The Lutheran Home at Topton during its years as an orphanage, originally assembled the Putz between the years of 1909 and 1945. As a gift to the children who resided at the home, every year she added a new scene. Among the 17 scenes within the Putz are the story of the Holy birth, a replica of Radio City Music Hall complete with an organ and an orchestra in the pit, a circus, Toonerville trolley, and a large church complete with tiny hymnals, baptismal fonts and a pipe organ. A number of trains are featured in the layout. The name comes from the German verb “putzen,” which means to brighten or display. Open 1pm - 4pm, December 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. For group appointments or special showings on other days, phone Karen Sinkovits 610-682-1425.

Masonic Village and Elizabethtown Model Railroad Club, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA. See their large O gauge hi-rail display, including a 2 rail O scale trolley line powered by overhead wire, running about 15 trains at one time on this layout over hundreds of feet of track and across several elevations. Also in this building are layouts in Standard, S, HO, N, Z and G scale, and all are of excellent quality. Open Houses December 1, 8, 11am - 4pm. December 2, January 5, 6, February 2, 3, 2pm - 4pm. December 15, 9am - 4pm. On Saturdays December 1, 8, and 15, 10am - 3:30pm, the Masonic Village will run a shuttle between their train display and the one at the library. www.mvemodelrrclub.com

Mechanicsburg Museum Association, 3 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. "A Musical Christmas" Model trains, trolleys, buildings, and push buttons surrounded by Christmas trees and Christmas Music themed displays. This exhibit is displayed in the Freight Station Gallery. November 17 through January 12, Wednesday through Saturday Noon - 3pm. 717-697-6088, www.mechanicsburgmuseum.org

Miniature Railroad Club of York, 381 Wheatfield Street, York, PA. 74th Annual Model Railroad Open House, come see 30 by 80-foot layout featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, operating coal dump and water front, cog railway, diesel shop and transfer table, coal mine, steel mill, new roundhouse and turntable, and much more. November 24, 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, January 5, 6, 13, 13, 19, 20, 1pm - 5pm. 717-434-4277, www.facebook.com

Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders, 73 North Main Street, Red Lion, PA. Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders 15th Annual Holiday Open House, with 3-rail O Gauge, N Gauge, and other model railroad layouts located in the historic Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad’s Red Lion Train Station Museum. Also check out the Red Lion Area Historical Society’s recently restored (exterior) Ma & Pa RR 2015 caboose and the many local Red Lion artifacts in the station museum. November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 30, 1pm - 5pm; December 27-28 7pm - 9pm, December 31 7pm - 11:30pm. www.redlionpa.org

Roadside America, Exit 23, Interstate 78, Shartlesville, PA. A panorama of life in rural United States (which includes trains, of course!). The exhibit spans more than two hundred years in time and lets you see, in exquisite miniature, how people lived and worked in pioneer days - through the years since then - right up to the present. Winter hours Monday, Thursday, Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am - 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. 610-488-6241, www.roadsideamericainc.com

Waynesboro Model Railroad Club, 3291 Waynecastle Road, Greencastle, PA. Winter Festival Open Houses feature layouts in HO, O (3-rail), Scale O (2-Rail), and N gauges in a historic grain mill at Route 16 RR overpass between Greencastle and Waynesboro. December 23, 29-30, January 5-6, 12, 19-20, 1pm - 5pm. www.waynesboromrrc.com


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