Monday, 26 Oct, 2009 Offbeat

The Smallest Working Train Set Created in New Jersey, US


A train enthusiast from New Jersey decided to create the smallest working model train in the world. David Smith managed to make a train model that measures 1/8th of an inch by 1/4 of an inch.

The tiny train goes around an oval route, which also includes a small tunnel. The model was created at 1-35200 scale to the real thing.

Everything was made using only a craft knife. According to the 55-year-old Mr. Smith, the train is just a small part of a larger train set he has built at home. He mentioned that he is currently working on the creating of a fictitious village called James River Branch and the current train will be place inside a model shop that is part of the set.

"It is going to be a model train village inside a model, so it is very postmodern," said Mr. Smith. It cost his 6 pounds to make the model train, which is powered by a standard 2-inch-long rotating motor head and mouldable plastic, reports The Daily Telegraph.

"To get a sense of scale you have to remember that the River Branch project is being built to the scale of 1-220," said Mr Smith, who added that the current set was created in two and a half years.

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