Has anyone seen this gigantic train set in the flesh?
Miniatur Wunderland is a model railway in Hamburg, Germany.
It’s the largest of its kind in the world and is located in the historic Speicherstadt district of the city.
The brainchild of brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun, construction started in December 2000 and is expected to be complete by 2020.
The first three parts – Knuffingen, Central Hamburg and Austria – were completed by August, 2001.
In 2012 a series of dioramas was also added, depicting life in various periods of German history.
The railway consists of 15,400 metres of HO scale track, divided into nine sections: Harz, the fictitious city of Knuffingen, the Alps and Austria, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia, Switzerland, a replica of the Hamburg Airport and Italy.
The model occupies 1490 sq m of floor space and includes 1300 trains made up of over 10,000 carriages, over 100,000 moving vehicles, about 500,000 lights, 130,000 trees, and 400,000 human figurines..
During the final construction phase at least 10 new sections will be added covering a further 2300 sq m.
Planning is also underway for the construction of sections covering France, England, Africa and even Australia.
I reckon they should add a Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit for the littlies?
What do you reckon?