Enchanted Express - Now Open!


A new immersive expansion activates the large open area just uphill of the existing TRAINS! exhibit. An enchanted train station combines the architecture of a traditional train depot with the natural form of an old tree, as if the train station grew from the earth. Children are transported to a secret garden and charming forest scene upon entering, greeted by some of the familiar animal and insect creatures that live together in our natural world.Inside the train station, three themed models are arranged on each side of a central viewing area and one of a series of overlapping tracks passes through the structure. On each side is an entrance to a short children’s tunnel, leading to an observation dome for an up-close and immersive ‘worm’s-eye-view’ of both the garden and forest.

Applied Imagination of Alexandria, Kentucky has led the creative expression of garden railways at Cheekwood for over ten years and proudly introduces this new expansion.


The train expansion is made possible by the generosity of Jim and Martha Crossman in honor of grandchildren, Claire Ellis, Clayton Ellis, and Cora Crossman.

All Aboard for TRAINS!

Cheekwood’s popular TRAINS! exhibit, located in the Turner Seasons Garden, appeals to young visitors as well as the young-at-heart. Features include:

• Train Depot playhouse inspired by The Little Engine That Could

• Walking bridge

• Special children’s tunnel

• Dioramas of miniature worlds

• Interactive sounds

• Storybook Trail leading to the exhibit

Regular Operating Hours: 9 AM – 4 PM (weather permitting)
Holiday LIGHTS Operating Hours: 5 PM – 10 PM (weather permitting)

TRAINS! made possible by Jim Crossman in honor of his grandchildren, Claire Ellis, Clayton Ellis, and Cora Crossman.

Virtual Tour of the Turner Seasons Garden featuring TRAINS!

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