What a hobby!

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  1. algill

    algill Funster

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    Two German Brothers have put this TRAIN SET together.
    DON'T FORGET to click on the link at the end and view this in motion.

    This is the world's biggest train set.
    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 '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 , Grand-Canyon etc.

    ...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 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 that 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 8 million euro to put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales.

    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. " This 4-minute video is worth watching for this amazing stuff.

    http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/exhibit/video/4-minutes-wunderland/
     
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    That is quite a feat of model engineering. I particularly liked the fire eater and the mini camera flashes in the football stadium.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Wow!!! That is something else..

    Thanks for posting.. :thumb:
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    das ist erstaunlich. danke für die Verbindung. :thumb:
     
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    Bailey58 Funster Life Member

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    Super. Perhaps we should get them to come over here and sort out our railway system. :Eek!:
     
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    wivvy's dad Read Only Funster

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    If that doesn't bring out the 'kid' in you, then you're probably dead.


    Wanna go there ...........................:cry::cry:
     
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    AdgeRas Read Only Funster

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    I have known about this Wunderland for some time now, but sadly my other half never stops in Hamburg, he always drives past on our journeys to and from Denmark :Angry: :cry:


    Rasmus
     
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    Absolutely Brilliant...

    Thank you algill for posting that...

    Imagine being a fanatical model maker and getting a job working there!

    Let's organise a Funsters' trip there... Hamburg is a lovely city...

    JJ :thumb: :thumb:
     
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    What a wonderful piece of modelling.

    Now that's a train set I would like.

    Dave :thumb::thumb:
     
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    model railway

    We have a small garden railway in our back garden, nothing quite as fantastic as that though. Thanks for telling us all about it, we shall certainly put Hamburg on our 'must do' list now.

    What a lovely way to earn a living and giving others so much pleasure.:thumb:
     
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