Friday, May 25, 2012

"Miniatur Wunderland" - America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany and the Austrian Alps - All recreated in this model train set!

Miniatur Wunderland


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

Miniatur Wunderland


Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, began work on the 'Miniatur Wunderland' in 2000

Miniatur Wunderland


The set covers six regions including America , Switzerland , Scandinavia , Germany and the Austrian Alps

Miniatur Wunderland


The American section features giant models of the Rocky Mountains, Everglades, Grand Canyon ...

Miniatur Wunderland


...and Mount Rushmore

Miniatur Wunderland


The Swiss section has a mini-Matterhorn

Miniatur Wunderland


The Scandinavian part has a 4ft long passenger ship floating in a 'fjord'

Miniatur Wunderland

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

Miniatur Wunderland


It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons

Miniatur Wunderland


The longest train is 46ft long

Miniatur Wunderland


The scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars - many with illuminated headlights...

Miniatur Wunderland


...and 160,000 individually designed figures

Miniatur Wunderland

Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery...

Miniatur Wunderland

The 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system which mimics night and day by automatically turning them on and off

Miniatur Wunderland

The whole system is controlled from a massive high-tech nerve centre

Miniatur Wunderland

In total the set has taken 500,000 hours and more than �8 million to put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales

Miniatur Wunderland

Gerrit said: "Our idea was to build a world that men, woman, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in"

Miniatur Wunderland

Frederik added: "Whether gambling in Las Vegas , hiking in the Alps or paddling in Norwegian fjords - in Wunderland everything is possible"
The world's biggest model train set.

It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons. The longest train is 46 ft 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 set is on display to the public and is so big that they employ more than 160 people to show visitors around their creation.

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