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Ticket to Whimsy: What's Behind Popular Seasonal Train Shows

Kieran Beam, left, works on the train tracks as part of the preparations for the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden in New York, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. The show, which opens to the public next weekend, features model trains running through and around New York landmarks, recreated in miniature with natural materials. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Kieran Beam, left, works on the train tracks as part of the preparations for the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden in New York, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. The show, which opens to the public next weekend, features model trains running through and around New York landmarks, recreated in miniature with natural materials. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York (AP) -- Many holiday-season train shows were canceled or limited to fewer visitors last year because of the pandemic, but this year the popular attractions are back at botanical gardens, conservatories and elsewhere around the country.

The shows, now a tradition in many cities, feature a combination of model trains and painstakingly detailed models of landmark buildings made from leaves, twigs and other dried plant materials.