Wondering what the world’s largest model railway is?
There’s a lot of competition of the title of largest model railway. The Northlandz model railroad, is in Flemington, New Jersey, gets a lot of attention and the detail certainly takes some beating:
With 100 trains, 400 bridges and more than nine miles of track it’s sterling work and certainly impressive!
But by my calculation the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany wins hands down.
Here’s the official video:
The layout includes 13,000 Meters of track which 1,000 engines pulling over 14,450 wagons of assorted types trundle round. Surrounding them is a frankly staggering array of buildings, figures and scenery. According to the official statistics there are approximately 3,660 buildings, 200,000+ figures with 8,850 cars and other vehicles.
Next time you’re in Germany it’s definitely worth a visit. It has to be seen to be believed.Previous Model Railway Factoids: #1 The First Model Railway
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Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of modelrailwayengineer.com. 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.