Trains Make the Day

The Biltmore Estate often has many additional displays throughout the grounds for the enjoyment of the guests. We happened upon this wonderful train exhibit set up outside in the Antler Village. The picture above shows one of the trains carrying a replica of Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night.

This chart shows some of the materials used to construct the models. The habitat is created from all natural materials. It’s quite amazing.

The display includes this vignette of the Roman Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. All of the displays are made from natural products…tree bark, seeds, foliage and are wonderful miniature reproductions of the originals.

Here is a Mayan Temple set in appropriate plantings.

An ancient Temple has another spot in the display. There are a number of trains that criss-cross the display. Some are elevated, some come out of mountains or by waterfalls and represent different eras in the evolution of trains.

The Bullet train was the most modern of the trains. It’s sleek body was a stand out in the collection.

Here the Easter Island statues are part of this section of the display. Two different trains on different tracks pass through this area.

A higher traversing train passes over the Great Wall of China. The detail on each of the reconstructed historical buildings is really quite incredible.

The church of Sophia is another wonderful vignette set amongst the plantings. This was a really interesting display combining the fun of trains with the artistry of creative models and vignettes. Next time you are at the Biltmore Estate take a few minutes and enjoy this great display.

8 responses to “Trains Make the Day”

    • It was fascinating to see the use of natural materials in the construction of the buildings. The trains often criss-crossed giving the viewer so much to look at. It was nice to have some of those involved in the exhibit present to answer questions about the trains and the construction. We really enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.
      Lynne

  1. OH wow! That looks amazing. I’m not a huge train aficionado or anything but I do love seeing all the details on huge model train set ups like these.

  2. If my son had kept up his interest in HO railroading, he would have been 4th generation! I so looked forward to making the scenery! My grandfather had an outbuilding (better than a shed) for his set-up. My brother and father set it up in the attic–running the length of the house when I was a kid! SO I really enjoyed this post. thanx!

    • Sounds like you had some incredible set-ups right in your own home. Hope you have some pictures from those times. Hope someone in your family still has all the trains and uses them from time to time. Thanks for commenting.
      Lynne

    • It’s always a pleasure to visit Biltmore. We are planning to go for the Da Vinci exhibit in a few months and the gardens are always beautiful. They are going to have two Monets on display in the house as well. Thanks for visiting.
      Lynne

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