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German Train Set

This is unbelievable- I've never seen anything like it ever. Check it out, you will be amazed and please make sure to watch the video at the bottom of this page to see this in action - you won't believe it.

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Here is the biggest, longest and most comprehensive train set in the world.  To give you an idea it displays 6 miles of track and covers an area of over 10,000 square feet (1,150 square meters).

It is the life work of Frederick and Gerrit Braun.  The twin brothers who are in their 40s, began work on the 'Miniature Wonderland' in 2000.  Their train set empire incorporates scenes from America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Austrian Alps, and of course, Germany.

German Train Set

Sections of the German Train SetWorld's largest Train Set

The American section features display models of the Rocky Mountains, Everglades, Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore. While the Swiss section has a reconstruction of the Matterhorn mountain. 

You can begin to see the scale, and the detail in the pictures to the right.

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

The Future
Twins Frederick and Gerrit Braun expect their project to be finished in 2014, when the train set will cover about 20,000 sq ft, by that time the track will have doubled to over 12 miles.  Addition sections will feature models of parts of France, Italy and England.

Will and Guy wonder will they be satisfied until they have trains from everywhere in the world, for example there are intersting trains in China, India and South Africa.

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The German Train Set Rolling StockWorld's largest 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!
  •  160,000 individually designed figures.
  • Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery.
  • 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 to put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales.

The Train Set at Night

Another example of their attention to detail is the 250,000 lights.  They are programmed to mimics night and day, and not only provide illumination, but the lights become part of the show themselves.

German Train Set Lights At Night

Train Set Nerve Centre

Perhaps it's this picture of behind the scenes that makes us appreciate that this is no ordinary train set.

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German Train Set

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. Open this hyperlink for a 4 minute look at this Hamburg, Germany site./p>

Do not miss the video!
http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/exhibit/video/4-minutes-wunderland/

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