Here Comes the Conservatory Express!

 December 6th – January 5th in the Seasonal House:

Train!Returning to the Conservatory this holiday season; a 75-foot, elevated model railway that winds its way through mountains of poinsettias and holiday trees decorated in splendid Victorian décor.

Docent “engineers” are scheduled throughout the month to assist children of all ages to run the train.

This special event is sponsored by MTH, one of the largest manufacturers of toy trains in the world, and features standard gauge replicas of Lionel’s tinplate trains from the 1920s and 30s. The trains on display at the Conservatory are the largest tinplate toy trains ever produced.


WinaTrainEnter to win an authentic Lionel vintage replica train set with a retail value of $500. The No. 269E Distant Control Freight Set was cataloged in 1935. Reintroduced for 2006, this classic tinplate train set features a locomotive and tender, an oil tank car with the popular Sunoco logo, a dump car with tilting bin, and a caboose.

You can see the train on display and purchase tickets in the Palm House Gift Shop.

Tickets are one for $10 or six for $50. The drawing is Saturday, December 21 at 3 p.m. at the Conservatory. Entrants need not be present to win. For more information about the train, please click here.

Or, if you want to better your odds, two complete train sets are available for purchase in the Palm House Gift Shop as well. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Conservatory.


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