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Volunteers, Assemble!

One of the most remarkable things about the Fire Museum of Maryland is that many pieces of the wheeled collection can actually be operated. They can be called upon to drive, pump water, and give rides. And I will readily admit that the idea of driving a 97 year old fire truck appeals to my inner child! This video shows the museum’s Truck One being exercised this September. Truck One is a 1908, 85 foot, Hayes aerial ladder pulled by 1918 Mack tractor. This is a notable occurrence since this truck had not left the museum in a decade or more. The hours of preparation and maintenance that were necessary before this cannot be understated. Like many museums, the Fire Museum’s small staff could not

Christmas Train Gardens

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of putting a model train around a Christmas tree comes from? Read on to find out, and to discover how fire departments played a role in this annual hobby. Image Credit : Dennis Crawford South German immigrants are thought to have been the first to set up Christmas Gardens, which were based in religion and located in their homes. Often it was a manger scene or a crèche with a small fence around it. In the mid-1800s, some people started putting in small wooden trains around the outside of fence that the children could push around by hand. During the late nineteenth century, as travel by train became more common, model train sets became a new toy for c

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