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Yvettea
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(Date Posted:21/09/2011 5:30 AM)
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This is the world's biggest train set. 

Please do watch the 4 minute video at the end of the post even if you are not a train set enthusiast.  I was absolutely amazed.

The 'wunderland' overs 1,150 square meters / 12,380 square feet.  It 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 and a furnicular railway.


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 have been 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 that 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 8 million euro 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.

This 4-minute video is worth watching for this amazing creation.
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RE:Wunderland
(Date Posted:21/09/2011 8:32 AM)

The link doesn't seem to work so try this

www.miniatur-wunderland.com/exhibit/video/4-minutes-wunderland/


(it was just a space where there shouldn't have been one)   Hope you don't mind

(Message edited by stalwart On 21/09/2011 8:36 AM)
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RE:Wunderland
(Date Posted:21/09/2011 8:35 AM)

Am I right in thinking that those are the guys who helped James May try to break the world record for the world's longest model railway in Devon (last year and the year before too)?
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(Date Posted:21/09/2011 10:14 AM)

Thanks Stalwart, I've amended the link. 

Noisyworld, sorry I don't know. 
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RE:Wunderland
(Date Posted:21/09/2011 12:24 PM)

That's okay Yvettea, I had a rootle about on their site and found this:

http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/community/news/tv-schedules/article/article/the-great-train-race-1/

They are, thought it seemed familiar

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