Wednesday, 25 Mar, 2009 Offbeat

Observe the Biggest Train Set in the World


Observe and adore the biggest train set in the world, covering 1,150 square meters and having about 6 miles of track. What is really impressive is that the track is still not finished. Its authors and designers are two German brothers, Frederick and Gerrit Braun, who decided to build the track on the banks of Elbe that flows through Hamburg. The construction started in 2000.

The track features 6 regions: America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany and the Austrian Alps. The American region includes big models of the Rocky Mountains and Mount Rushmore. The Swiss region features a mini-Matterhorn and the Scandinavian part includes a 4-feet-long passenger ship that floats in a 'fjord'.

The brothers expect to finish the whole construction in 2014. In the end they expect to build a track covering over 1,800 square meters and including nearly 13 miles of track. By this time visitors will also be able to see several new sections, including France, Italy and the UK.

Currently the construction includes 700 trains and over 10,000 carriages and wagons. The track's longest train is 46-feet-long. The whole structure features 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars (most having illuminated headlights) and 160,000 figures, each being designed individually.

To be able to build the scenery, the two brothers needed over 4,000kg of steel and 700kg of artificial grass. There's also a system that connects 250,000 lights that were installed to replicate the night and day. The system automatically turns the lights on and off.

In order to show the visitors their work, brothers had to hire 160 people. In average, it took Frederick and Gerrit Braun 500,000 hours and about $11.7 million to build the track. Most of the money has come from ticket sales. The brothers used the money to extend their scenery, reports The Sun.

"Our idea was to build a world that men, woman, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in. One of our fundamentals has always been to meet every challenge, no matter how hopeless it seems to be in the beginning," said. Gerrit.

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