Saturday, January 16, 2010
The biggest train set
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 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 scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars, many with illuminated headlights. There are 160,000 individually designed figures.
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 8 million dollars to
put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales.