Epcot Garden Railway in the German Pavilion

 

Exploring the Garden Railway in the Epcot Germany Pavilion

If you ask my Mr T what he wants to do at Disney he has one answers – TRAINS!.  His perfect day would be to ride: a parking lot tram, the monorail, the Walt Disney World Rail Road, Tomorrowland Transit Authority and the train to Rafiki’s planet.

But after all the train rides his perfect day would end with 1-2 hours (yes hours) at the German Pavilion in Epcot watching the model trains.  We actually use this as a reward- “If you are really good today, we’ll take your to see the train“.  Yes, we are those parents.

Train Located Between Germany and Italy

Train Located Between Germany and Italy

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion




The Beginning

Officially called the Epcot Garden Railway, this model train display was added to the German Pavilion for the 1995 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

The guests enjoyed it so much that it has never been taken down.

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The Trains

There are three independent loops.  Each loop as a different train running on the tracks.  For train enthusiasts all of the trains are Lehmann Gross Bahn (LGB) G-Scale Models.  The running trains are engines only and carry no cars (the thought here is that it makes the trains less likely to run off the tracks).

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion


The Garden

The Railway garden is filled with live “trees” and shrubs to provide as the surrounding country side.  In addition there is a large bridge that guests can walk over giving viewing options on 3 of the 4 sides.

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion



The Village

The village the trains run through is based upon a miniature 1950’s Bavarian village.  The beautiful thing is the village is decorated for special events.  This includes festivals and holidays.

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion

The View From the Train

Over at the Disney Parks blog we can actually get an idea of what it would be like to be on that train zooming across this miniature country side

As you can see there is a lot to see here.  The details are so numerous that it would take hours to see them all.  (I guess that is why this little guy makes us stand there for hours.)

Garden Railway Model Train in Epcot World Showcase Germany Pavilion
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