The Enchanted Railroad Pulls Into The Morton Arboretum this January

Intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery at child-friendly heights
The Enchanted Railroad is open January 13 through February 19
January 2, 2018

The beloved Enchanted Railroad returns to The Morton Arboretum this winter with a theme celebrating trees from around the world. Opening January 13, the 16th annual event will feature a larger-than-life platform with two levels—perfect for the smallest visitors to enjoy—and 12 toy trains, including miniature replicas of Metra and Amtrak trains.

Highlights of the 2018 Enchanted Railroad include:

  • Pint-sized versions of the Arboretum’s many tree collections. Kids can look for mini Japanese flowering cherry trees—its larger counterparts reside in the Arboretum’s collections from Asia—or the renowned collection of oak trees found on the east side.
  • Miniatures highlighting many of the Arboretum’s events. As visitors make their way around the display, they can spot a Chinese pagoda and European-style cottage, which call to mind the Arboretum’s cultural festivals in the summer and early fall.  Look for other small figurines like the sled dogs of the Husky Heroes event, January 27 and 28.
  • Interactive elements perfect for kids. Push a button to sound a train horn, make a fountain spray, and move Thomas the Tank Engine along the tracks.

“Families return to the Arboretum every year to experience the Enchanted Railroad, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for our visitors to learn more about many different types of trees on our 1,700-acre grounds,” said Mary D’Amico, special events coordinator at The Morton Arboretum. “It’s a chance to get out of the house and do something fun and interactive on a wintry day.”

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

The Morton Arboretum’s 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 19, and is free with the price of admission. 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.