ASHEVILLE — Biltmore Gardens Railway brings the estate to life in miniature with a model train exhibit located in the Conservatory.
More than 1,000 feet of track carry a locomotive and railcars through gorgeous exotic botanicals and replicas of estate landmarks — which were handmade utilizing all-natural materials collected from the estate.
There are six 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.
The Biltmore Gardens Railway exhibition pays homage to George Vanderbilt, who was born into a well-known railroad family. His grandfather Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt spent his life building an empire based on shipping and railroad concerns.
Biltmore Gardens Railway is included with regular daytime admission to the estate, which starts at $54.
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