Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What A Surprise:: Taltree Arboretum and Railway Garden in Valparaiso, IN.

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While traveling the back roads of Indiana Linda and I came upon one of those, out-of-the-way destinations Taltree Arboretum. (Actually, we had a little help from Linda’s brother John)

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The G (Garden)-scale railway garden opened in June of 2011.

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This is really an impressive display 850 tons of limestone was imported from Missouri and used in the construction of the railway garden.

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Miniature shrubs,trees,and vegetation came from the state of Oregon. (more than 3000 plants)

DSC_0034This train display is just plain fun. The intricate detail shows a real love of railroading.

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At the railway garden you will see prairies, canyons, mountains,waterfalls, cities, and a civil war encampment.

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Everyone loves a circus.

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I would suggest you bring a pair of binoculars if you really want to take the time to study each display.

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“Hartland Locomotive Works specializes in high-quality, affordable G-Scale Locomotives and Rolling Stock: coaches, freight cars and cabooses. We also manufacture brass and aluminum track and other accessories for the Garden Railroader. HLW equipment is designed to run on #1 gauge track and is compatible with other G-Scale trains and track accessories.” Read More  Proudly Made In The U.S.A.

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Railroad Tracks
Two drunks were walking upgrade between the railroad tracks.
One of them said, "This is is longest stairway I have ever been on."
To this, the other replied, "It's not the stairs that bother me, it's the low banister."

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Ghost on the Tracks.. “The train rumbled around him as he adjusted the throttle. The night shift was always the toughest, in the engineer's mind. He had rumbled through Timpas a few minutes ago and was on his way to Thatcher. Not a bad stretch of road, and there was no better train in the entire Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.” Read More

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John Henry: The Steel Driving Man.. Now John Henry was a mighty man, yes sir. He was born a slave in the 1840's but was freed after the war. He went to work as a steel-driver for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, don't ya know. And John Henry was the strongest, the most powerful man working the rails. Read More

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jtf Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit. Take a look at the photos again and see if you can pick out the “real” train photo… Hint “Durango & Silverton narrow gauge line. CLICK & CLICK again

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Helpful Hint: Bring a picnic lunch and plan to spend some time.The only food on the premises is vending & hotdogs

4 comments:

Linda Gross said...

I picked out the real train right away! What a fun exhibit; something I would love to see in person.

Genie Robinson said...

Hoop-D-Do...I found it. Loved the music and the train...and this post itself is out of this world. I must add this site to my Bucket list. I love trains and I love gardens. What a match made in heaven. Thanks for sharing all of this wonderful pictures. genie

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a wonderfully cool exhibit...we'd love to see it. Neat to know the bonsai trees came from Oregon!

And I've ridden the Durango/train so I recognized that.

TONY LETTS said...

That is my kind of place :)