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Model Railroad Garden at Chicago Botanic

May 8 - October 1

Landmarks of America

May 8 through October 10, 2021
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting

It’s a G-scale World

Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around buildings. All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns, and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, ground covers, and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations. The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains.

Fun Facts

There are 18 model G-scale trains running on 18 tracks.
Trains travel over 26 bridges, passing 50 miniature American landmarks.
5,000 plants of 300 different varieties live in this garden.
The longest track usually runs the Amtrak.
The shortest track runs the ladybug and caterpillar cars.
Each season, the trains travel more than 22,000 miles.


May 8
October 1
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