The New York Botanical Garden’s Annual Holiday Train Show® Spotlighted in Treasures of New York, Premiering on November 19 on WLIW21 and November 21 on THIRTEEN
In anticipation of the holiday season, the film explores one of New York City’s most beloved family traditions
Viewers are treated to an inside look at how The New York Botanical Garden captures the spirit of the holiday season, going behind the scenes to explore the design, installation and presentation of its annual Holiday Train Show® in the next edition of Treasures of New York, airing Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. on WLIW21 and Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN; with encore presentations during the holiday season on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:30 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m. on THIRTEEN.
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning ABC News Correspondent, Juju Chang, Treasures of New York: Holiday Train Show illuminates the process of getting ready for one of The New York Botanical Garden’s most celebrated events of the year, a beloved holiday tradition that has been bringing families together for more than 20 years.
Hundreds of visitors come to enjoy more than 20 large-scale model railway trains, from American steam engines, streetcars, and trolleys to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains, traversing nearly a quarter-mile of track across models of New York’s rustic bridges through the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. All of the model trains in the show are G-gauge, which is the largest available scale in model train.
But the highlight of the Holiday Train Show exhibition is the more than 150 replicas of iconic New York landmarks including, the original Penn Station, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Bridge. The replicas are made entirely of natural materials including bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds and pine cones. Each of the models on display is a masterpiece in its own right, delicately hand made with keen attention to detail, reflecting the architectural qualities of the original.
Treasures of New York takes viewers to Alexandria, Kentucky, where artist and landscape architect Paul Busse runs his company, Applied Imagination, which designs garden railway exhibitions throughout the country and internationally. Busse created his first show at the Garden in 1992, which featured only fifteen building replicas and four trains. Every year since, Busse and his team have returned to the Garden, adding more building replicas and train tracks throughout the space.
Visitors flock to The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show each year to share the tradition with their families. The buildings, combined with the thrill of the trains, and the joy of the holiday season, create a fantasy world that make The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show one of the greatest train shows in the country and one of the most sought after wintertime attractions in New York.
After broadcast, the film will be available to national audiences at thirteen.org/treasures-of-ny. The website offers past episodes and conversations with visionaries behind New York’s greatest institutions.
Treasures of New York: Holiday Train Show is a production of WLIW21, in association with WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV.
Ally Gimbel is producer of the Treasures of New York: Holiday Train Show program. Saskia Chanoine is associate producer. Diane Masciale is executive producer of the Treasures of New York series and local productions. Executive-in-Charge of Production is John Servidio.
Treasures of New York explores New York’s cultural heritage by spotlighting its points of interest, distinguished establishments and notable figures. Treasures of New York: Holiday Train Show is funded by Robert and Victoria Zoellner and Rosalind P. Walter.
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