Posted by: loomisisc | March 2, 2010

Minatur Wunderland: German Rail on a Small Scale

While the scale of the Honolulu rail project may be daunting for some, consider the world’s biggest train set, currently covers 12,380 square feet with almost six miles of track that is still not complete. Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, began work on the ‘Minatur Wonderland’ in 2000. “Our idea was to build a world than men, women, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in,” said Gerrit.

The train set is expected to be finished in 2014 when the train set will cover more than 19,376 square feet and feature almost 13 miles of track. It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons. The longest train is 46 feet long.

The scenery covers six regions including the US, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany and the Austrian Alps.

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

The Swiss section even has a mini-Matterhorn mountaintop. Floating in a fjord of the Scandinavian section is a four-foot passenger ship!

Frederick added, “Whether gambling in Las Vegas, hiking in the Alps or paddling in Norweigian fjords – in Wunderland everything is possible.” In paradise, there’s also excitement that finishing our train will be possible soon, too.

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