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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 Wonderland’ 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 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 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 longest train is 46ft 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 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
million to put together, the vast majority of
which has come from ticket sales
Gerrit said: “Our idea was to build a world that men,
woman, 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”
The world’s biggest model train set.
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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 200,000
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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