The biggest model railway in the world

May 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

This has to be seen to be believed. Only the Germans could do it. It is 1300 square metres in size and has 13 kms of track, 900 trains and 12,000 wagons!

But it also has a 30,000 litre “North Sea” with cruise ships, 250 computer controlled motor vehicles, a fire brigade that responds to fires, Police chasing speed offenders, and get this an airport where with 49 airplanes that land automatically at it and get serviced by ground crews.

They also have 200,000 people populating the model.

I am so going to visit Hamburg now!

When Michael Cullen wanted his own train set, this is what we should have got him instead of Kiwirail!

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11 Responses to “The biggest model railway in the world”

  1. alex Masterley (1,438 comments) says:

    Nooo!
    It will only give Len Brown ideas.

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  2. adze (1,695 comments) says:

    There’s also a model airport in Hamburg (again the biggest) – apparently connected to the railroad above – complete with landing and taking off Airbus A380s and 747s. It’s on YouTube as well.

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  3. mikenmild (8,809 comments) says:

    I think the British should pay a visit with a large squadron of model Lancaster bombers.

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  4. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    DPF you will be able to come to Taranaki in October and check out our new tourist rail line. Tourist’s will be able to take modified golf carts that run on rails between Stratford , Whangamomona, Taumarunui. The trip is about 140Ks and goes through some of dense forest beside the forgotten highway, the scenery is beautiful and the beer is great at Whangamomona. Should bring in much needed dollars in a very isolated area.

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  5. tom hunter (4,004 comments) says:

    I think the British should pay a visit with a large squadron of model Lancaster bombers.

    Hissssssss.

    Better watch it mm. That sort of Swiftian humor could soon see you being chastised by KB’s resident village scold.

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  6. Northland Wahine (542 comments) says:

    Egads, if my 5 year old gets wind if this, I’ll be forking out more money on Thomas the train engine and tracks!

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  7. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    Mikenmild- Kudos for that one!

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  8. infused (615 comments) says:

    Mate showed me this a year ago. Mindblowing.

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  9. DJP6-25 (1,231 comments) says:

    mikenmild 10:17 am Nicht sprechen aus der kreig! [Dont speak of the war. :-)

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  10. Fat Barstard (1 comment) says:

    Been there twice… its over 2 levels and there is really just too much to look at… Not much of a rail fan (hardly at all really), but Minatur Wunderland is really fascinating… I’d go again!

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  11. Paul Marsden (935 comments) says:

    cows4me (168) Says:

    May 24th, 2012 at 10:21 am
    DPF you will be able to come to Taranaki in October and check out our new tourist rail line. Tourist’s will be able to take modified golf carts that run on rails between Stratford , Whangamomona, Taumarunui. The trip is about 140Ks and goes through some of dense forest beside the forgotten highway, the scenery is beautiful and the beer is great at Whangamomona. Should bring in much needed dollars in a very isolated area.

    Yeah, thats my old stomping ground and thats a great idea! Hat tip to whom ever came up with it. Brilliant!

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