age 4, with the gift from his grandfather, Walter
Webster, of his first O-gauge Lionel train. Over
the years, Jimmy continued to collect model
trains, traveling throughout the tri-state area to
train shows, train meets, and auctions to build
holiday season, beginning November 27, at
Backyard Boys, 2419 Whiteford Road, in
Whiteford. Hours are Monday through Friday,
9-5; Saturday 10-4; and Sunday 1-4. There are
5 or 6 trains running at all times, through a
detailed landscape that includes mountains,
villages and 5 tunnels. The train garden is set
up under a pergola inside the store, with a larger
G-scale train running on a circular track above
love of model trains, Jimmy's passion for the
train garden has an added benefit. "I really
enjoy the peace of mind that I get from playing
with trains. In the stress of today's economy, I
find that playing with trains is very relaxing!"
He notes that visitors to the train garden seem
to find it relaxing as well, taking their time to
watch the full circuit of the trains.
a considerable investment of time and money.
The display is insured and monitored by a video
camera security system as well as the occasional
presence of local police. For anyone interested
in building their own train garden, Jimmy told
us, "I would recommend that you visit my good
friend Choo-Choo Charlie at the
Take the time for a relaxing visit to the train
Green Road in Bel Air (in cooperation with
J&R Sheds), and Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire
Company, Route 165 in Jarrettsville Gardens.