Summer Fun on Track with Biltmore Gardens Railway
By Jason Tarr
Exhibition Dates: May 24-September 29, 2019
Biltmore is moving full steam ahead into summer with a new, large-scale model train exhibition! The Biltmore Gardens Railway will transport you to a whimsical place.
In the Conservatory (located at the foot of Biltmore's Walled Garden and Rose Garden), 800 feet of track carry a locomotive and railcars through gorgeous exotic botanicals and miniature replicas of Biltmore estate landmarks. The replicas of estate landmarks are handmade utilizing all-natural materials collected from the estate. You'll see the train travel in front of replicas of Biltmore house, All Souls' Church, the Biltmore Passenger Station, the Bass Pond Waterfall and more recognizable Biltmore locations.
A second Biltmore Gardens Railway display is located at Antler Hill Village where trains pass by replicas of the Eiffel Tower, London's Tower Bridge and other European landmarks visited by George Vanderbilt during his world travels.
The Biltmore Gardens Railway exhibition is on display May 24, 2019 through September 29, 2019. Admission to Biltmore is required to view the exhibition. There is no additional cost to see Biltmore Gardens Railway.
See our complete guide to Biltmore to plan your visit.
Cool Facts About Biltmore Gardens Railway:
- There are 6 separate railroad tracks running through the Conservatory. The trains cross bridges and trestles on various levels and through multiple rooms.
- It took artists 3,745 combined hours to construct the eight estate building replicas for the Conservatory exhibition. The replicas are made of 25 types of items harvested from estate grounds.
- In the two displays there is more than 1,050 combined feet of track.
Top photo courtesy The Biltmore Co.