German Train Set

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Brandon Kalinowski

This entire post is from an email I received a while ago. It is an amazing example of model building, which is used extensively in some films.

Two German Brothers have put this TRAIN SET together.

You can watch the german video at the end of this post.

This is the world's biggest train set.

Gerrit said: "Our idea was to build a world that men, women, 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.



















Some facts:

  • Covers 12,380 square feet and features almost six miles of track and is still not completed.
  • Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, began work on the 'Miniature 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, and 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 would 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 would 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 headlight 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 center.
  • 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.

Brandon Kalinowski

I specialize in integrating technology seamlessly to help others tell compelling stories. For instance, I helped a professor construct a live television studio. I also managed a student news program. These and other experiences spurred a fascination with live streaming. I intern for Legion M as a streaming technical and data analyst. My expertise includes modern web design, video editing, and photography.

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