The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg : World’s Biggest Toy Train Set By Frederick & Gerrit Braun

Posted: August 17, 2010 in Inspiration, Places
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Hi everyone… i just finish reading some amazing article about what I will post (please refer the title) =). That so amazing, but I do not know which category this this belong… so i put on both categories I think related =)

The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany has 700 trains, 4,000 automobiles, 165,000 trees and 250,000 individual lights and a track lengh of 5.6 miles has set the world record for the largest miniature railroad. The Miniatur Wunderland has been build during approx. 500,000 working hours and it costed 8.7 Million Euros (in April 07). In June 2007 the 4,000,000th visitor has been welcomed. The most expensive train in the stable is the Marklin $500 Big Boy. Made mostly of metal, it is the world’s largest model steam locomotive.

Here’s Frederick & Gerrit Braun creation “Miniatur Wunderland”:

This is the world’s biggest train set which covers 1,150 square meters (12,380 square feet), features almost six miles of track and is still not complete.

Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, began work on the ‘Miniatur Wunderland’ in 2000.

The set covers six regions including America , Switzerland , Scandinavia , Germany and the Austrian Alps.

The American section features giant models of the Rocky Mountains, Everglades, Grand Canyon…

…and Mount Rushmore.

The Swiss section has a mini-Matterhorn.

The Scandinavian part has a 4ft long passenger ship floating in a ‘fjord’.

It is expected to be finished in 2014, when the train set will cover more than 1,800 square meters (19, 376 sq ft) and feature almost 13 miles of track, by which time detailed models of parts of France, Italy and the UK will be added.

It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons. The longest train is 46ft long.

The scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars – many with illuminated headlights and 160,000 individually designed figures.

Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery.

The 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system which mimics night and day by automatically turning them on and off.

The whole system is controlled from a massive high-tech nerve centre.

In total the set has taken 500,000 hours and more than US$1.8 million to put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales.

Gerrit said: “Our idea was to build a world that men, woman, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in”…

Frederik added: “Whether gambling in Las Vegas , hiking in the Alps or paddling in Norwegian fjords, in Wunderland everything is possible”.

You can visit the official web here. So enjoy it. I really amaze by it, hope I will visit it one day….. =)


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