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New York City’s Favorite Holiday Tradition is Back! This beloved tradition returns for its 30th year with a miniature wonderland in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other …

Saturday, November 20, 2021 – Sunday, January 23, 2022

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This beloved tradition returns for its 30th year with a miniature wonderland in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites—each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as pine cones, acorns, and seeds.

You’ll also discover a showcase of our very own New York Botanical Garden buildings such as the iconic Haupt Conservatory and—new for this year—the majestic LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, both designated New York City landmarks.

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A red model train with a conductor in the front

Learn more about the landmarks, trains, and artistry behind 30 years of the Holiday Train Show®.

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A beau arts style building with columns at night is covered in green lights projected onto it with large leaves in white also covering big areas of the building. In front of the building the hedges are coverd in lots of white twinkle lights and the fountain is covered with blue with lights.

25 Select nights, November 24, 2021–January 22, 2022

This holiday season, let it GLOW at The New York Botanical Garden. Discover the beauty of our landmark landscape and historic buildings after dark, breathtakingly illuminated with a newly expanded 1.5-mile colorful experience.

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A model train of New York Central in front of the Mertz Library Building

G-scale trains zip past New York City landmarks.

Model of the Chrysler Building in the Holiday Train Show

Look closely to find enchanting details on favorite NYC landmarks such as the Chrysler Building.

Photo of a model Yankee Stadium

See Yankee Stadium and other longtime favorites from the Bronx and beyond.

View of Maritime Terminal building at the holiday train show

See the Battery Maritime Building—a recent addition to the collection.

A model bridge made of plant material with a model train zipping across

Look up to see trains crossing along iconic bridges.

An image of the empire state building next to its plant material replica

The Empire State Building defines the New York City skyline and our miniature one in the Holiday Train Show. Materials include: gourd, pine cone scales, palm fronds, bamboo, birch bark, and banana stem.

image of a domed glass house next to its natural material replica

While the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is made of iron and glass, its replica's materials include pine cones, acorn caps, bamboo, and mahogany and lotus seed pods.

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Landmarks of America May 8 through October 10, 202110 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting Admission Garden Plus members get in free on Wednesdays Prices Members Nonmembers Adults Seniors Children (3–12 yrs) Children (2 and under) Free Free Ten-visit pass: Timed tickets are available at the ticket booth in front of the …

Landmarks of America

May 8 through October 10, 2021
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting

Admission

Garden Plus members get in free on Wednesdays

Prices Members Nonmembers
Adults
Seniors
Children (3–12 yrs)
Children (2 and under) Free Free
Ten-visit pass:

Timed tickets are available at the ticket booth in front of the Model Railroad Garden exhibition. The last tickets for the day are for the 4:30 time slot.

For safety reasons, strollers, tripods, and monopods are not allowed. Regular parking fees apply.

It's a G-scale World

Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around buildings. All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns, and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, ground covers, and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations. The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. 

Fun Facts

There are 18 model G-scale trains running on 18 tracks.
Trains travel over 26 bridges, passing 50 miniature American landmarks.
5,000 plants of 300 different varieties live in this garden.
The longest track usually runs the Amtrak.
The shortest track runs the ladybug and caterpillar cars.
Each season, the trains travel more than 22,000 miles.

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Holiday Train Show Back In All Its Glory At New York ...

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A holiday tradition is back in all its glory at the New York Botanical Garden after having CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis took a tour of the the holiday train show in the Bronx.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A holiday tradition is back in all its glory at the New York Botanical Garden after having

CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis took a tour of the the holiday train show in the Bronx.

From the Statue of Liberty to 1 World Trade, Radio City to the Apollo Theater, Central Park to Grand Central, New York City's top attractions are all in one place for the holiday season.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
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"You don't think about how big New York is until you see it mimicked in something like this. It just makes me go 'I love the city' and the reason why I'm here," said Laurelton resident Latoya Morton-McKenzie.

Morton-McKenzie and her family were taking in all the sights and sounds at the New York Botanical Garden's 30th annual holiday train show.

"I like this place. You should maybe come over here," said Queens resident Nylasia Morton-McKenzie.

It features about two dozen model trains passing in and around more than 190 replicas of the city's landmarks, including its iconic bridges. It's a unique creation by Kentucky-based company Applied Imagination, as explained by the Botanical Garden's Interim Head of Exhibition Joanna Groarke.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
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"His concept was really to create beautiful models that pay tribute to the beauty of the architecture of our city but using plants to depict all the little details," Groarke said.

Each building is carefully crafted using leaves, seeds, twigs, bark, acorns and other natural materials.

"It's cool and amazing," visitor Liam Brown said.

"I just think it's really cool because it took a lot of time," Jacey Brown said.

To give you an idea of just how long it takes to create, the replica of The Mertz Library building took more than 900 hours to make. The library - a Botanical Gardens building and city landmark - is the newest addition to the exhibit which has welcomed over four million visitors over three decades.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
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"An opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and immerse yourself in the beauty of New York City," Groarke said.

Celebrating the Big Apple in a little winter wonderland.

The holiday train show runs through Jan. 23. For more information or to buy tickets, CLICK HERE.

Separately, the holiday light show NYBG GLOW begins Wednesday. For information about that, CLICK HERE.

First published on November 23, 2021 / 6:37 PM

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The New York Botanical Garden’s 30th Annual Holiday Train ...

29-11-2021 · Saturday, November 20, 2021–Sunday, January 23, 2022. The Holiday Train Show® —a favorite holiday tradition—is back at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) for its 30th year. Visitors will marvel as model trains zip through displays of NYBG’s collection of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, which have been artistically ...

29-11-2021

The 30th Annual Show Features More Than 25 Model Trains Zipping through Displays of New York Landmarks Crafted out of Natural Materials

To Mark Its Milestone Year, This Year’s Exhibition Showcases NYBG Buildings and Structures, Including a New Replica of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building

Saturday, November 20, 2021–Sunday, January 23, 2022

The Holiday Train Show®—a favorite holiday tradition—is back at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) for its 30th year. Visitors will marvel as model trains zip through displays of NYBG’s collection of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, which have been artistically crafted out of natural materials such as leaves, seeds, twigs, bark, acorns, and pine cone scales. To mark its milestone 30th year, the Holiday Train Show features a showcase of NYBG’s buildings and structures, including a new replica of the majestic LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, along with the iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The Holiday Train Show opens to the public on Saturday, November 20, 2021, and runs through Sunday, January 23, 2022.

NYBG’s 30th Annual Holiday Train Show® runs through Sunday, January 23, 2022. (NYBG Photo)

Featuring a miniature wonderland in the warmth of the Haupt Conservatory, the Holiday Train Show includes such famous New York landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and many other favorites, all crafted by the creative team at Applied Imagination in Alexandria, Kentucky.

More than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track in the Holiday Train Show. American steam engines, streetcars from the late 1800s, and modern freight and passenger trains travel along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and across soaring bridges such as the Brooklyn Bridge and George Washington Bridge.

To mark its milestone 30th year, the Holiday Train Show features a showcase of NYBG’sbuildings and structures, including new replicas of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building,

the Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life, and the John J. Hoffee Tulip Tree Allée. (NYBG Photo)

New LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building Replica Featured in NYBG Showcase

In recognition of the Holiday Train Show’s 30th year, the artists at Applied Imagination have re-created one of the most significant sites at The New York Botanical Garden: the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, the Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life, and the John J. Hoffee Tulip Tree Allée, which were collectively designated a New York City Landmark in 2009.

The Mertz Library Building, the centerpiece of this grandly designed site, houses the most important botanical and horticultural library in the world, with more than 11 million archival items spanning 10 centuries. Designed by architect Robert Gibson, the building was completed in 1901 in a style reminiscent of a Roman Baroque palace and is capped with a green copper dome. The replica’s façade is constructed of horse chestnut bark to represent the structure’s stone blocks, with accents of mahogany pods, cinnamon pods, and black walnuts, among other natural materials. Creating it took an estimated 900 to 1,000 hours.

The Goldman Fountain of Life, a dramatic composition of mythical figures in front of the Library Building, was designed by American Renaissance sculptor Charles E. Tefft in 1905 and was restored in 2005. The replicas of the fountain’s Beaux-Arts sculptures, including charging seahorses, a lively nymph, and a startled mermaid and merman, are covered in tobacco leaves, with grape vine tendrils for the figures’ hair. The fountain’s basin is fashioned from large shelf fungus.

Leading up to the Library Building and fountain is the Hoffee Tulip Tree Allée, four rows of distinguished native trees that were planted beginning in 1903. The Tulip Tree Allée has since become a signature feature of the Garden’s landscape and living collections and is represented in the Holiday Train Show ensemble by live topiary myrtle trees, whose scale fits in with the overall composition of the display.

This new ensemble complements the botanical renditions of other NYBG structures, notably the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a New York City Landmark that is considered one of the most superb glasshouses of its time. Constructed by Lord & Burnham Company and completed in 1902, the Haupt Conservatory consists of 11 interconnected galleries that feature different habitats and plant specimens from around the globe as well as seasonal galleries where annual floral displays and special exhibitions are presented. The wide variety of natural materials used to construct the Holiday Train Show version in 2014 includes birch bark, cinnamon bark curls, wheat husks, and acorn caps. The signature cupola rests on a ring of large pine cone scales and is topped by a mahogany seedpod and a lotus seedpod.

The replica of the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill dates from the first Holiday Train Show in 1992, which comprised just 15 replicas and four model trains. The Goldman Stone Mill, built in 1840, is one of New York City’s most picturesque extant pre-Civil War industrial buildings. It was designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 and a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The replica is made of tobacco leaves, cork, alder seeds, grape vine tendrils, and Brazilian and turkey tail fungi.

Rounding out the collection of NYBG replicas is the Great Garden Clock, a prominent feature of the Leon Levy Visitor Center that dates from 1997. The compact replica incorporates a surprising diversity of plant material, including pine cone scales, grape vine tendrils, mahogany pods, beech nut seeds, cinnamon bark curls, and elm bark.

NYBG GLOW. Photo by Marlon CoThe New York Botanical Garden

An Expanded NYBG GLOW Returns, and a New Combination Ticket Is Available

In addition to the Holiday Train Show, families and friends can start a new holiday tradition as day turns to night on select dates, exploring the Garden’s festively illuminated landscape and enjoying music, dance, food, and more at NYBG GLOW, expanded for its second year. The outdoor 1.5-mile color-and-light experience will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on 25 nights starting Wednesday, November 24, 2021, and running through Saturday, January 22, 2022. Visitors to NYBG GLOW will be able to round out their evening with an after-dark visit to the Holiday Train Show by purchasing a special combination ticket. It will be the perfect night out this holiday season.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our website at nybg.org

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New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show to Return ...

New York Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow during holiday season Credit: Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 28 for NYBG members and Oct. 5 for the public.

A popular New York City tradition will head back to the rails this holiday season at the New York Botanical Garden. The Holiday Train Show will celebrate its 30th year at the Bronx attraction, alongside the return of NYBG Glow, an after-dark outdoor "color and light experience," which will be expanded for its second season.

Model trains will chug around recreations of 175 city landmarks — including Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge — made out of natural materials like acorns, pine cones, birch bark, cinnamon sticks, and lotus pods. New for this year will be a model of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, located right on the NYBG grounds. Along with the garden's Haupt Conservatory, which will also be depicted, the two buildings have been designated New York City Landmarks. Opening on Nov. 20, 2021, the show will run through Jan. 23, 2022.

New York Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow during holiday season

As evening falls, the attraction will light up again, as NYBG Glow returns bigger than its debut year. The one-and-a-half-mile experience will splash the garden's natural beauty with thousands of energy-efficient LED lights, bringing a new perspective to both the plants and buildings. The nighttime exhibit will be open on 25 specific dates between Nov. 24, 2021, and Jan. 22, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Exact dates can be found here. On those evenings, there will also be ice sculpting and pop-up performances, alongside beverages and food for purchase at the garden's outdoor bars.

New York Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow during holiday season

Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 28 for NYBG members and Oct. 5 for the public. Combination tickets to both attractions will also be offered.

New York Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow during holiday season
Best Photos From the Holiday Train Show NYBG New York ...

06-12-2021 · ‘Cause we’re talking trains. Specifically, the annual Holiday Train Show at the NYBG. We visited recently, and we’re sharing photos and what you need to know before you visit the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), a must-see for families with kids. And those who love trains, or flowers, or the holidays.

06-12-2021

There’s whimsy, joy, playfulness and grandeur at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) right now. And it’s all only a 20-minute train ride away from midtown Manhattan. Which is totally on-point, actually. ‘Cause we’re talking trains. Specifically, the annual Holiday Train Show at the NYBG. We visited recently, and we’re sharing photos and what you need to know before you visit the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), a must-see for families with kids. And those who love trains, or flowers, or the holidays. So basically, like, everyone. It’s a magical holiday experience that you really need to have – this year, more than ever. All aboard, let’s go!

Is there actually a reason to visit a botanical garden during the holidays?

In December and the holiday season, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a fine place to be, day or night. Especially if you’re craving beauty, nature, fresh air and serenity.  And who doesn’t need a dose of that right about now?

Photos from the 2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Photos from the 2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, and what to know before you visit. © Dandelion Chandelier.

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Happily, at holiday time, there are splendid vistas to be seen and admired at the Garden both inside and out. Yep, we’re talking the annual Holiday Train Show.

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After you’ve run wild outside for a bit to work off those Lockdown 2.0 blues, head inside for a transformative experience.

11 reasons the holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a must-see

1. consider the joys of the railroad life

There’s just something magical about being near a train. The wild electric spark of anticipation when you know one is coming. The irrational joy you feel seeing the engine coming around a curve, or emerging from a tunnel.

Photos from the 2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, and what to know before you visit. © Dandelion Chandelier.

The irresistible urge to read the signs on the boxcars to see what’s inside. And the adorable caboose at the end.

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In the middle of a pandemic, in particular, what could symbolize freedom and adventure and discovery more than a train?

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Photos from the 2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

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2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

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Sure, these are miniatures – but if you let your imagination roam free, these tiny trains deliver big fun. And a sense of escape from the everyday.

This, dear reader, is just one of the many reasons you should get yourself to the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

Here are 10 more.

2. experience an indoor tropical train tour of new york

If you haven’t visited the Holiday Train Show before, here’s a brief primer. It all goes down inside the magnificent Edith Haupt Conservatory. And yes, you have to have a prior reservation before you can visit.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

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2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, and what to know before you visit. Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

Your admission gives you access to the entire Garden, which is splendid in its own right.

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Especially when there are train conductors on stilts waiting to greet you as you arrive.

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3. see the new york region replicated in organic miniature form

The vignette that greets you as you enter the Train Show is a replica of the space you’re in: the Enid Haupt Conservatory. Pretty meta, no?

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

The initial series of structures are all from the Hudson Valley region – including the former Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Photography Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. © Dandelion Chandelier.

The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. © Dandelion Chandelier.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. © Dandelion Chandelier.

4. rediscover your inner child (and entertain your current little one)

Rain or shine, you’ll quickly become totally immersed in the joys of watching miniature trains race past New York landmarks, waterfalls and a wild tangle of tropical foliage.

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Several of the train tunnels run through tree trunks – and a lattice of bridges gracefully carry them overhead, as well.

There’s water all around, adding a further rush of motion and a sense of momentum. And adorable little kids are, of course, everywhere.

2020 kids Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

2020 kids Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. © Dandelion Chandelier.

5. play find your favorite landmark

You can play “find your favorite landmark” with your companions rather easily at the Holiday Train Show: Yankee Stadium (or is it Citi Field)? The Metropolitan Museum? JFK? The Bandshell in Central Park? The Empire State Building? Check, check, check and check. 

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. © Dandelion Chandelier.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

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6. do some celebrity train spotting

Spoiler alert: Did we mention Thomas the Tank Engine makes a cameo appearance?

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

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7. Marvel at the craftsmanship

The attention to detail is astounding and delightful. Each train car is carefully crafted. The tracks run past, over and though an organic forest filled with structures handmade from wood and moss.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Photography Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

8. catch some blooms

Of course, there are still some flowers blooming, even in December and the holiday season. And they’re not red or white – no poinsettia colors! Loving the hot pink. 

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9. forget you’re at a miniature display

The industrial feel in the middle of a botanical conservatory makes for some truly memorable views.

For example, glance up at the right moment, and you might feel for a brief second that you’re actually in New York City, under an elevated train. But much, much better.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Photography Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

10. feel your curiosity rewarded

This is an exhibit that rewards curiosity and patience. Peer under the leaves, peek around a tree trunk, look up and down and all around, and you’ll see some special detail or inside joke that seems to have been left there just for you.

2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

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2020 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Photography Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

Watch the play of light and shadow and think about the passing of time and the passing of the miles as trains chug on.

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11. generate a spark of hope for the new year

It’s an uplifting experience to visit this show every year. In 2020, though, it moved us even more deeply.

The New York we love – the city of energy, brilliant lights, towering skyscrapers, a cacophony of voices and glorious noise. The one that has suffered so greatly, that has been left by some for dead, and yet will surely rise again – that New York is here.

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Photos from the 2020 kids Holiday Train Show. © Dandelion Chandelier.

It’s like looking a photograph of a distant loved one: not as good as being with them in person. But comforting nevertheless.

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There are no whistles blowing on these mighty little trains – but we predict that like us, you’ll feel as if they’re singing softly to you. It may be far off, but it’s getting closer. Freedom, joy and release are coming ’round the mountain. Just you wait.

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That’s our field report on the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. What do say, dear reader? Are you in? If you go, have a wonderful time.

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