I was greeted at the gate by two giant Nutcrackers, they seemed twenty feet tall, was I in the land of Lilliput? I was hearing shrieks and screams all around me; fear excitement! Beyond the Nutcrackers, in bright sunshine, was a merry go round.
“Look dad, look mom!” Not my words. Through the gates I walked, to the sound of an engine, housed in cast iron, almost as tall as the nutcrackers, but not as attractive. Some 50 yards away stood a tall man dressed in what seemed like dungarees, with matching cap, beckoning me to come forward.
In a few minutes I was sitting down looking out a sealed window. Shortly thereafter, I heard some of the same sounds of excitement; “they” were taking seats. I looked around; there were pictures of the 1860’s. The door in front of me slid open, “Tickets!” he said. We were moving. I looked out the window, I was traveling through a locomotive cemetery. “OH!” This is Carroll Industrial Park, home of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum. The “Lilliput s” “tykes”, their parents, grandparents and I are on a Christmas tour, on one of the oldest railroads in history. General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army ordered this railroad be destroyed in 1863. (It did not happen) I just rode it for 15 minutes.
To commemorate my visit, I bought a souvenir “KEEP CALM AND STEAM ON” Now it was time to watch the model trains “that could” (See video).