Pick and choo-choo
We pit two model-train displays against each other in our first holiday express smackdown. Chug-a-lug!
Holiday Railroad at Morton Arboretum
A life-sized Snow Queen hovers above guests, who are invited to marvel at Lilliputian figures. Trains twist through her kingdom, a diminutive winter landscape filled with snow and ice.
Tiny skaters glide across frozen ponds.
The engine on one car is equipped with a camera that broadcasts to a television screen, offering guests a passenger’s-eye view.
When asked if they witness occasional derailments, Gina Tedesco, the Arboretum’s publicist, gave us a firm “No!”