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DATE: August 3, 2004

Working on the Railroad at Phipps Conservatory
(PITTSBURGH) - The Garden Railroad will be riding the rails earlier than usual this year. The exhibit opens on August 7 and runs through February 20, 2005. The dates of the exhibit aren't all that is changing. In order to have over 1200 square feet of railroad, the side beds in the South Conservatory will be incorporated into the exhibit.

As a tribute to Phipps' expansion, this year's railroad, Construction Crossroads, will focus on industry and construction.

There will be a logging train carrying cargo from the mountains to a sawmill, a trolley that travels from town to the countryside and two freight trains running through a lush countryside busy with industry. See mining, earthmoving, farming, and road construction all in miniature. And, as usual, the entire exhibit is planted to-scale.

Great family fun!

Sponsored in part by Dominion.

Phipps serves the community in two locations! Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the 13-room Victorian glasshouse and gardens in Schenley Park, is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday until 9 p.m., closed Monday. Phipps admission rates are: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors 60 and over; $4 for students with ID; $3 for children ages 2 to 12; children under 2 and Phipps members are free. Phipps Garden Center, located at 1059 Shady Avenue in Mellon Park, is a horticultural education center offering classes, workshops and the gift boutique, "Shop in the Park."

For more information, call the Conservatory at (412) 622-6914 or contact the Garden Center at (412) 441-4442. To learn more about either location, visit Phipps online at

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