Hurry or you’ll miss the train

It was such a hit last summer, the Morris Arboretum brought it back, bigger and better.

And again this summer, the Arboretum’s Garden Railway has been delighting young and old alike — as in this picture, where Garden Railway volunteer Earl Snyder points out some of the exhibit’s details to a couple of young visitors. And there’s still time to catch the magic: The exhibit runs through Sept. 19.

The G-scale trains of the Garden Railway work their way through a landscape of twigs, trees, bark and moss — the same materials used to build the replicas of some of Philadelphia’s best-known historic structures that dot the exhibit. Among this year’s additions: a model of the University of Pennsylvania Boat House, built in 1873 on historic Boathouse Row.


  • GARDEN RAILWAY: Through Sept. 19 at the Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may bring picnic suppers on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. through Sept. 16. Admission $6, seniors $5, students $4, children under 6/PennCard holders free. Info: visit or call 215-247-5777.

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Originally published on September 2, 1999