Trip Around Lauritzen Gardens Model Railroad – pt 1 of 3

Enjoy the trip around the seven levels of Omaha’s Botanical Gardens G Scale Model Railway exhibit. Each trip will take between two and five minutes as we chug across covered bridges, through tunnels, and over twenty five foot high trestles! On this edition we will be traveling the Big Boy Line and the Passenger Line. These are the upper most two levels on this beautiful garden railroad. The garden was meticulously handcrafted by landscape designer Paul Busse and his team at Kentucky-based Applied Imagination. See The garden’s structural elements are constructed of natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark, berries, pinecones, gourds and cinnamon sticks. It includes stunning reproductions of natural landscapes as well as recognizable buildings and landmarks seen in and around Omaha. The flora throughout the exhibit includes live plants, trees and shrubs – all scaled to size – and continuously manicured. Due to many generous donations, this model railroad garden exists. I’d like to thank everyone who made this possible! It truly is a wonderful place. Note* The Big Boy was out of commission due to one of the bridges on that line having a break in one of the tension cables. The engine alone weighs eighty-five pounds, so there is a potential of it crashing to the ground when crossing the bridge. As a substitute, I ran two GP9’s. All the trains make their own noises. Magnets in the track tell the train when to set off a bell or whistle.

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