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WORLD'S LARGEST MODEL RAILROAD

 
 
Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2009 06:27 pm
oh , to be a kid again !
two german brothers have built the world's largest model railroad layout .

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45598000/jpg/_45598607_alpen-bruecke-lift-zug-1.jpg

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Rail enthusiasts can now enjoy views of Scandinavian fjords, the Swiss Alps, and even Mount Rushmore - in Germany.

Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun have built the world's longest model railway in the city of Hamburg.

It has six miles of track, cost £8m to build and its 1,150 square metres (12,380 square feet) take in the US, Scandinavia and the Swiss Alps.

By the time the layout is completed in 2014 it will be twice as long and will take in France, Italy and the UK.

The Braun brothers, 41, began work on the Miniatur Wunderland project in 2000.

Their model railway now comprises 700 trains with 10,000 carriages, 900 signals, 2,800 buildings and 160,000 individually designed figures.

It even includes scale models of the Rocky Mountains, Mount Rushmore, the Swiss Matterhorn, and a Scandinavian fjord complete with 4ft cruise ship.

The scenery took 500,000 hours, 700kg of fake grass and 4,000kg of steel to build.

So large is the layout that 160 staff are employed to show visitors around the railway.


full story (for kids only ! ) :
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7962573.stm

picture from the german website showing night illumination :

http://www.hamburger-allee.de/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/omii.jpg
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2009 01:18 am
@hamburger,
Maybe you would like to see the actual layout in action. It is even more impressive than could be imagined from the stories.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e98_1237657552
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2009 10:22 am
@hamburger,
Remarkable! Very impressive that it has street lights that work.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2009 10:29 am
@Intrepid,
They've got videos, photos, webcams ... on their website:


http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/exhibit/multimedia/
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hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2009 12:08 pm
@Intrepid,
thanks , intrepid !
just a wonderful video .

btw i worked in that area of the port of hamburg for eight years before coming to canada . since i grew up right in the harbour , that's where i spent my childhood and my "formative" years . where once coffee , spices , carpets ... were being warehoused , exhibitions and art have now taken over .
since most goods are now arriving at or leaving the port in containers , there is little need for warehouses anymore .

close by the model-railroad exhibition , the INTERNATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM has been opened - click the UNION JACK in upper right for ENGLISH text:

http://www.internationales-maritimes-museum.de/

http://www.hafencity.com/upload/images/Content/projekte/z_en_projekte_9_Maritimes_Museum__HB_print.jpg

a former warehouse - now filled with ship models and related exhibits

http://www.german-info.com/images/travel_images/Hamburg-museum-thumb-large.jpg
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other parts of the new harbour complex are :

NEW CRUSE SHIP TERMINAL
(big enough to handle the QM II)

http://www.hamburgcruisecenter.de/site_e.html

QM II entering the harbour during annual call during the summer season :

http://www.hafencity.com/upload/images/Bildergalerien/040719_qm2_01.jpg
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and perhaps most interesting THE NEW PHILHARMONIC HALL -
click for ENGLISH version in lower left :

http://www.elbphilharmonie.de/

quite a futuristic building : a huge old brick-warehouse topped by a glass-structure
http://www.creativeeurope-eu2007.de/images/contentpics/big/index.jpg


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