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Garden Railway Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
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The Garden Railway:
America's Roadside Attractions

Free with Arboretum admission. Get Tickets Now!

FRIDAY, MAY 27 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 10
Weekdays: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Weekends: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Last entry is 4:00 pm

Temporarily closed.

The Garden Railway is closed for the season. Mark your calendars! The trains will be back up and running on Saturday, May 29, 2021!

The Morris Arboretum’s popular Garden Railway returns just in time for Memorial Day Weekend! View a wide range of both new and vintage model trains zipping in and out of tunnels and over bridges along a quarter mile of spectacular outdoor track. If you were planning a staycation this year, you are definitely in luck! This season’s theme, America’s Roadside Attractions, features miniature replicas of some of this country’s most iconic roadside attractions including Randy’s Donuts, the Jolly Green Giant, and the World's Oldest Largest Pecan–it will feel like you’ve traveled all over the U.S. without ever leaving Chestnut Hill!

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This year, Bruce Morrell, Train Master at Morris Arboretum, received the President’s Award from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society for his work with the Garden Railway. His dedication to miniature trains has brought endless joy to thousands of visitors over the years.

The Garden Railway is open daily through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, and then on weekends only through Monday, October 14.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

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Garden Railway: Roadside Attractions


Garden Railway Events

Circus Week

SATURDAY, JULY 2 – SUNDAY, JULY 10
Free with Arboretum admission.

Listen for the call of the ringmaster as you watch the colorful railroad cars bring the “Big Top” to the garden.


Circus Week

Magic Railway Weekends

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 & & SUNDAY, JUNE 12
SATURDAY, JULY 23 & SUNDAY, JULY 24
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 & SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
Free with Arboretum admission.

Everyone's beloved cartoon train can always be found chugging along in his own section of our Garden Railway, but a few weekends a year him and his friends run free on all the tracks!


Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

Harvest Trains

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 10
Free with Arboretum admission.

From refrigerated boxcars that carry bounties of fruit and other perishables, to grain cars that transport corn and wheat, come see the model harvest trains in our Garden Railway between Labor Day Weekend and October 10.


Harvest Trains


About the Garden Railway

Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under!), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones – to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with miniature rivers. Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pine cone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts.

The Garden Railway is supported, in part, through the generosity of Gwen and Ed Asplundh and by a gift given in memory of Joe Shuttleworth. “Gwen and I are very pleased to support the wonderful Garden Railway. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved trains large and small. For years, I had a large train layout in my basement. There is something very special about an outdoor railway, especially the very unusual and beautifully done railway at the Arboretum. I enjoy watching the trains myself, but most of all, I enjoy watching the looks of delight on the faces of the other ‘kids’ young and old.” –Ed Asplundh

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For the safety of our visitors and to preserve the structural integrity of our tree collection, climbing or sitting on the limbs of trees is not permitted. Thank you!


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Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum is closed to the public today (9/6) due to potential flooding.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum is closed to the public today (9/6) due to potential flooding.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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