The World’s Fastest Model Train

I’m not sure why you’d want to do this but if model trains and speed is your thing or you’re wondering what the world’s fastest model train you won’t want to miss this.

You Tube poster Steve Burdett has managed to get his HO scale Lima Intercity Loco ripping up his track at over 400mph!

To achieve this Steve hooked up 8 transformers  – ranging from 6V – 12V – connected in series to a 9.04m circuit.

The results can be seen in the You Tube clip below.

Apparently his loco still ran normally after too.

If you’ve managed to beat this, let us know below or send me a tweet at @modelrailwayeng

Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.

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One comment
  1. I did the calculations, because I was curious of exactly how fast it was going, and I found that it was going approximately 415.9114047576… scale miles per hour, so about 416 scale miles an hour. Amazing!

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