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Now Arriving: Biltmore Model Train

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Now Arriving: Biltmore Model Train

Model Railroad Exhibit At Antler Hill Village

trainThe Antler Hill Village on the Biltmore Estate already has plenty for kids to do.
You can see and pet small animals at the farm, old-timey games around the barn, and a playground with swings and see-saws. bridges suspended over rock-bottomed miniature lakes.

Now, a new one of a kind, 250-foot model train exhibit near the Outdoor Adventure Center recreates some of George Vanderbilt’s international travels. It’s made completely of twigs, leaves, and other materials found in nature.

The train runs each day from 11 am to 7 pm, and the exhibit continues through September 4.

Several trains, including James from Thomas the Train, run on the tracks in the fenced-off area just past Cedric’s Tavern on the estate’s grounds.

The locomotives run around many different landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe, London’s Tower Bridge and New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

The Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park and the Biltmore Passenger Station, which was in Biltmore Village, are also represented, along with the USS Vanderbilt, which was a steam ship commissioned by George Vanderbilt’s grandfather, are part of the exhibit.

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Jason Gilmer

Jason Gilmer is a national award-winning writer living in Asheville. He spent a decade as the prep sports writer at the Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal and has written one book, "Where Champions Play: Spartanburg County Prep Football." He's been writing about the Asheville music scene for several years and contributes to magazines in North and South Carolina.

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