Where’s Marty? At the second stop on his ride through Baltimore area Train Gardens

Melissa Bradford

Hi Everybody!

Day two of “Practice Backyard 7 days” on “WM?” took us to the “22,” Dundalk Maryland, (21222), and the Sensible Avenue Volunteer Fireplace Dwelling display. 

It is not only legendary, but some would argue legendary. 

Folks, we are speaking 100 decades of holiday firehouse displays in Dundalk. For the longest time, the Dundalk Hearth Station held the occasion, but all great points come to an conclusion..the relaxation of the fashionable historical past is from the WAVFC observe to us.

In 1978 the Dundalk Fireplace Station shut its common Christmas Back garden that served the Dundalk Local community for lots of many years.

With the closing of the Dundalk Fireplace Station Christmas Garden, the associates of the Intelligent Avenue Volunteer Fireplace Enterprise resolved to go on the vacation custom. 

When the firemen of the Dundalk Hearth Station realized of the new Christmas Garden to be manufactured by the users of Smart Avenue, they kindly donated merchandise from their Back garden to Intelligent Avenue. 

Clever Avenue Hearth Business hosted its 1st Christmas Back garden in 1981.

The associates of Sensible Avenue utilized this possibility to boost the size of the screen and doubled the show size from what the Dundalk Yard had exhibited. 

Excited to capture the focus of a lot more observers, the initial backyard size was 10 ft huge by 32 ft very long and took 3 weeks to assemble. The Backyard garden would use Lionel trains and “O” gauge measurement accessories and animations. 

As hoped, a lot more than 16,000 people today arrived to see the initially yard, which been given superb opinions from local community associates.

The back garden has grown in measurement above the years to its current dimension of 20 toes vast by 44 feet very long which will make it one of the premier non permanent displays in the region. 

Presently staying made use of is Mike’s Train Property (M.T.H. Electrical Trains®) Rail King O-Gauge Trains and a selection of Section 56 ceramic buildings and numerous other product displays. 

What is so interesting about this garden is all of the animated scenes established to make it a genuinely exceptional display of speculate. 

The search of awe and amazement the spectators demonstrate from experiencing the miniature collectible figurines that imitate truth captures the essence of the vacation season.

The Once-a-year Xmas Garden will come to existence through a committed committee of Hearth Enterprise Customers and Group Teach Buffs.

Every yr the design of the Once-a-year Backyard starts months ahead of the exhibit is produced. 

The garden layout is unique every single calendar year so folks who appear to pay a visit to will occur yet again and yet again to see one thing new and distinct.”

To see it is to consider. Even with the ceiling fluorescents on for Television set, the sight is grand. (Left Picture). With the lights off, and the Practice Gardens overhead lights only on, it is just specific. 

Where’s Marty? Checking out the Sensible Avenue Coach Backyard garden in all its lit up glory


By the way, the Prepare Backyard garden lights shift from day-time method to evening-time peace and silent. 

Watch the videos from this morning’s broadcast they demonstrate you far more than I can submit below. So lots of distinctive scenes! Heck, they even have the Beltway and motorized automobiles whizzing by. 

Individually, I liked the Dundalk Marine Terminal scene, but the “Blue Angels” flying around it are quite cool way too. The drive-In screen is participating in a Xmas film, and there are even digital fireworks in the amusement park region. WILD!

Assume of how a lot of generations of family members have appear by. Assume of how many of these people drove from other suburbs/cities to get to the “Backyard garden.” (Once again, as I described yesterday, our appear this week is at the legendary Train Gardens in the location. We are not crowning the greatest or brightest.)  

A century of holiday getaway cheer from Dundalk to You! That is definitely “a thing.”

Where’s Marty? Chugging his way by the Smart Avenue Train Yard


The hours are Monday-Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., weekends midday to 9 p.m. Shut Christmas Working day. 

It is totally free, but donation containers are set up. It is these donations that hold the Train Back garden escalating and likely. In this article is the WAVFC web page.

Tomorrow it is to Baltimore Metropolis and a further fire station, an additional Teach Backyard garden with legacy! 

See ya then!

Marty B!

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