The Atlanta Botanical Garden and its beautiful garden railroad entertain thousands of visitors every holiday season, and DASH founder Bill Jones was lucky enough to spend New Year's Eve taking in its splendor alongside his family. He sent along some incredible pictures to give us all a tour of the lovely sights.
As you can tell from the following photos, the Atlanta Botanical Garden railroad is fun for the whole family, whether they love your trains or loathe them! Here are our intrepid adventurers as they're about to embark on their railroading journey.
And here are the trains! You'll see a variety of G Scale trains set across six independent tracks. They whir past small towns, glide through gorgeous greenery, and whistle their way along bridges, creeks, and loads more environmental highlights. Seeing trains weave their way throughout the natural scenery of the garden is a real pleasure.
Although many garden railroads are perfectly manicured and meticulously designed, this one has a more natural and organic feel to it. It gives onlookers a more realistic view of the area's native plant life and landscape, while still conveying the grandeur of the railroad with huge trestles, sweeping waterside vistas, and complex track layouts.
It might be a humble control box, but the results speak for themselves! Although this garden railroad looks great in the sunlight, I recommend staying until the sun sets to see it really glow. That's when things take a turn toward stunning and the trains are given new life with the "Garden Lights."
It's like stepping into a winter wonderland full of wheels, whistles, and wide smiles!
If you're in the Atlanta area, swinging by the Atlanta Botanical Garden is certainly worth a trip. You can catch the Holiday Model Train Show until January 4th, so there are only a few more days to enjoy the sounds, sights, and lights of one of the coolest trains in the entire state.
You might just see Bill and his family heading back for even more fun the next time around, so be sure to stop and say hello!