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CHOO! CHOO! | Enchanted Trains at Morton Arboretum in Lisle

THE ENCHANTED RAILROAD PULLS INTO THE MORTON ARBORETUM THIS JANUARY Returning for its 18th Year, a Two-level Model Train Display will Delight All Ages

The beloved Enchanted Railroad returns to The Morton Arboretum this winter with a theme that celebrates trees and nature. Opening January 17, the 18th annual event will feature a large-scale platform complete with two levels—ideal for even the smallest visitors to enjoy—and 12 toy trains, including miniature replicas of Metra and Amtrak trains. 

Highlights of the 2020 Enchanted Railroad include:

Tiny versions of the Arboretum’s tree collections: Visitors can search for Japanese flowering cherry trees and trees in vibrant fall color. Additionally, the display showcases the work of the Arboretum. A small-scale greenhouse represents the plant production that takes place on its grounds. Elsewhere, an arborist works in the canopy of a tree.  Miniatures representing many of the Arboretum’s events: Families will see the sled-pulling dogs of Husky Heroes, which takes place January 25 and 26. Other scenes highlight the pumpkins of the Glass Pumpkin Patch, or the Chinese pagoda and European-style cottage, which call to mind cultural festivals that take place in the summer and early fall.Interactive elements: Buttons along the edge of the display cause a train horn to sound or propel Thomas the Tank Engine along the tracks.

“The Enchanted Railroad is a popular winter activity as kids and families have fun searching the huge platform for fun details specific to the Arboretum and the special events that take place here throughout the year,” said Mary D’Amico, special events coordinator at The Morton Arboretum.

The Enchanted Railroad is free with Arboretum admission, and is assembled and run in partnership with the LGB Model Railroad Club of Chicago.

The Arboretum is offering sensory-friendly times and dates for those children who may be overstimulated by all of the sights and sounds of the Enchanted Railroad. To learn more about these accommodations and special times, visit

The Enchanted Railroad is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through February 23. Visitors can pick up timed tickets at the Visitor Center Information Desk. 

The Morton Arboretum thanks DuPage Medical Group for its sponsorship of the Enchanted Railroad.

About The Morton Arboretum The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, the Arboretum is committed to scientifically informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. On 1,700 acres are 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,500 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, welcoming 1.1 million visitors annually and serving 50,000 member households in 2018. Learn more at

Admission Rate Admission rates to The Morton Arboretum are $15 for adults ages 18–64, $13 for seniors ages 65 and over, $10 for children ages 2–17 and free for children under age 2. On Wednesdays, admission is $10 for adults ages 18–64, $9 for seniors ages 65 and over, and $7 for children ages 2–17.  Parking is free with admission. Members receive free general admission all year long.



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