The New York Botanical Garden, located at 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard in the borough of the Bronx, in New York City, hosts the annual Holiday Train Show from November 20th to January 9th, 2010. It has become a cherished seasonal tradition displayed every year in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. G-scale model trains puff along a half-mile of track in and around 140 miniature landmark New York City buildings constructed entirely of natural materials such as nuts, tree bark, fruits, pine cones, and leaves,
This was the first time my husband and I visited the exhibit and we were enthralled by the wonderful detail of
all the historic buildings made out of plant material that were on display.
New York City icons such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Grand Central Station, and the original Yankee Stadium and Pennsylvania Station were all represented. Even this replica NY Botanical beautiful Victorian Haupt Conservatory was on display!
A series of model trains run past these majestically recreated landmarks, and travel through tunnels made out of hollowed tree trunks, and journey overhead along replicas of New York’s famous bridges!
This is the replica of the old New York Yankee Stadium in all its glory.
You click click on the arrow to see a short video we took of one of the trains passing by the stadium.
From New York brownstones to Hudson River mansions, care has been taken in carving buildings such as Teddy Roosevelt’s Birthplace, John D. Rockefeller’s Kykuit, and the homes of the American writers Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving.
Children visitors loved seeing Thomas the Train among the many different trains that were weaving their way around the exhibit! Click on the arrow to see Thomas' cheerful face!
Even the skyline of Manhattan was reproduced, with all the famous skyscraper windows twinkling in the night.
Click the arrow to see the scale of the buildings next to visitors walking through the display. As you can see the train show is very popular!
Jut look how the beautiful 1873 Bethesda fountain in Central Park, also known as The Angel of the Waters, has been reproduced in great detail! This was one of my favorite sights to seem although I think each time I visit I will notice something new that will also amaze and delight me.
When we left the Train Show it was early evening and the conservatory and botanical garden were lit by moonlight and Christmas lights to make it a magical scene.
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