Avenue News Profiles Local Train Gardens

Wise Avenue Train Garden -courtesy of Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company.

In this week’s Avenue News, Lisa Harlow wrote an article On Track for Christmas about the local train gardens in the area. As someone who loves trains, I  enjoy learning about all the local train gardens in the area. There are actually five in the region.

The granddaddy of train gardens in Baltimore County is the Wise Ave Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden in Dundalk. It is now in its 37th year and it is located at the fire house on 214 Wise Ave. I remember writing an article about that train garden when I was in college in the early 2000s. It was amazing that the garden was around 20 years old at that time. It is still going strong on its way to 40 years.

The Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum Train Garden, located at 4 Center Place in Old Dundalk, always gets overlooked with the Wise Avenue garden, but it is still worth a trip inside the museum. It is not as big as the other trains but the garden has more historical landmarks.

I knew about the two trains in Dundalk, but I was not aware of the Martinville  Train Garden at Martin State Airport, the Highlandtown Train Garden in eastern Baltimore City or the Fire Museum of Maryland Holiday Train Garden in Lutherville. I enjoyed learning about those spots in Lisa’s article.

I do remember that a Perry Hall resident had a train garden in his basement and he opened it up to the public. It was a nice in home train garden, but it has been over five years since he has publicized the event.

It is always fun to find train gardens for the kids. One great website that I love for finding train gardens is Grandpa’s Holiday Train Garden.