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Thomas The Tank Engine

April 10, 2011 by staff 

Thomas The Tank Engine, Gather your family for a very quick tour of the United States when the model trains Garden: Landmarks of America exhibition opens its 12th season on Saturday, May. Walking through the exhibition of 7,500 square meters will spend about 50 relatives of American landmarks in miniature, all handmade from natural materials. Each season the 17 garden-scale trains travel over 22,000 miles above the benchmarks, which are surrounded by carefully planned landscapes of 5,000 plants. This year, the Garden added a new rail line: the Southern Pacific Daylight Special.

The model train garden was designed and created by the imagination applied in Alexandria, Kentucky, with the landscape architect Paul Busse head. Through the family business, Paul has spent his fascination with trains his son, Brian Busse. His exhibitions in numerous public and private spaces, including the botanical gardens and arboreta in the United States. Applied Imagination also works within the Chicago Botanic Garden winter holiday exhibition, Wonderland Express.

Preparation for the exhibition begins in January, when engineers repair Garden trains in the railroad office and Applied Imagination team built the new features in his studio in Kentucky. In March, the gardener railroad garden pruning trees and shrubs to keep them in scale. In mid-April, a team of six people from Applied Imagination reaches the level of the track, replace bridges, and clean and repair the benchmarks after winter storage. Up to six Garden railroad engineers working with the team to prepare the 1,600 meters of track for trains. A gardener and two officials from a two week season of planting more than 1,200 small trees, shrubs, ground covers and flowering plants about 300 varieties to make a realistic landscape around the buildings. A group of miniature comes in a few days before the exhibition opens to add model cars and figures to create a storybook feel. The final touch is the addition of a series of handwritten signs that tell visitors the interesting facts about the sights, plants, or trains.

During the summer, Model Railroad Garden engineers work together to ensure the trains run on time and without problems. Host volunteers to inform visitors about the trains and places represented in the garden. Railway lines are in Santa Fe Super Chief, Northwest Suburban Chicago (known as dead-line flag), the Union Pacific and the favorite of all children, Thomas the Tank Engine. Many visitors come to collect ideas for your own backyard garden railway. Garden railroading is the fastest growing segment of rail fans. Today, the United States has as many as 25 000 garden railroads.

Model Railroad Garden is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily through Sunday, October 30 with special hours until 8 pm on Saturday, June 4 through Monday, 5 September, weather permitting. Model Railroad Garden closes at 3 pm on Friday, June 24 for Summer Dinner Dance, a benefit that supports the Garden

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