THE BEST Trains

Longest Simple Electric Train

Longest Simple Electric Train

A while back, YouTuber Mr. Michal showed off a simple railway he built from coils of wire, batteries, and magnets. Now, he’s back with a much longer and more complex train set that still operates on the same electromagnetic principles. This time, the track measures in at over 20 meters long, or about 66 feet.

LEGO Night Train Dreamride

LEGO Night Train Dreamride

LEGO and railroad fan BananenBuurman teamed up with collector Pet van de Luijtgaarden to arrange for a journey through Pet’s extensive collection of LEGO and Playmobile toys. The finished ride is over 130 feet long and incorporates lots of colorful lighting effects. We love how they used all the old CDs and disc cases.

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Backyard Trestle Railroad

Backyard Trestle Railroad

Zach Peterson is a plumber by day, but he loves to build things in his spare time. His greatest creation to date is a steam-powered backyard railway. The train is big enough to carry people along the world’s longest ride-on train trestle – at over 680 feet long. Coolest Thing introduces us to Zach and his amazing railway.

A Train in His Basement

A Train in His Basement

Jason Shron loves trains. In fact, he loves them so much that he built a perfect replica of one in his basement. Based on a 1980 Canadian VIA commuter rail car, it has every detail, from the original red passenger seats to the cheap plywood storage locker doors to the branded litter bags in the seatbacks.

Train to Atlantis

Train to Atlantis

5MadMovieMakers mounted a GoPro 360º camera to a model railcar then sent it on a wild journey from a backyard to the beach to the ocean. We’ll forgive the couple of obvious edits as it’s such a thrilling ride. Try spinning the camera and watch from different angles.

The Flying Train (1902)

The Flying Train (1902)

MoMA posted this mutoscope footage of Wuppertal, Germany’s Schwebebahn, a suspension railway that opened way back in 1901. The train line has changed over the years, but still is in operation. The juxtaposition of the overhead rail cars and the horse-drawn carriages below is like something out of a Jules Verne story.

Quentin: I’m a Train

Quentin: I’m a Train

We honestly have no idea what to say after watching Quentin Smirhes‘ absurdist music video about a guy who thinks he’s a “chooka” train, but all we knew was we had to share it with the rest of the world immediately. Perhaps we’ve been hypnotized into doing it. Enjoy the source material here.

Crazy Fast Toy Train

Crazy Fast Toy Train

Builder Ivan Miranda claims he’s built the fastest model train of its size. The powerful electric train has no payload other than its motors, wiring, and battery pack, and can hit a scale speed of 485 km/h, or just over 301 mph if it were upscaled to the size of a real train. We wouldn’t want to be a tiny passenger on that thing when it derailed.

Holy LEGO Train

Holy LEGO Train

LEGO train fans BANANENBUURMAN and Hntrains teamed up to create an outdoor railway alongside the church bells at Citadel Square in Baie Mare, Romania. The display includes an impressive suspension bridge, elevated sections, and a spiral they rebuilt from the recently dismantled world’s tallest LEGO train spiral.

Backyard Steam Train

Backyard Steam Train

You could have a steam train, if you’d just lay down your tracks. Russian railroad enthusiast Pavel Chilin took Peter Gabriel’s advice literally, and built himself a working steam train engine that runs along a set of narrow-gauge tracks in his backyard. Additional footage here.

Miniatur Wonderland Stats

Miniatur Wonderland Stats

We’ve see the amazing tiny worlds of Hamburg, Germany’s Miniatur Wunderland before. The attraction will soon have over 51,558 feet – or nearly 10 miles of model railway track. Guinness World Records tallied up some other impressive facts and figures about the attraction.

Truck Tows a Train

Truck Tows a Train

Ford is currently working on a pure-electric version of its wildly popular F-150 pickup. To prove that its drivetrain is just as capable as ever, they set about towing 10 train cars with its prototype, and then filled the train with 42 more F-150s, for a total weight over 1.25 million pounds.

LEGO Train in the Mountains

LEGO Train in the Mountains

YouTuber Arjen Hartsuiker has a love for building with LEGO, but he’s also into mountaineering. So he decided to combine his two passions, by taking a 7-hour climb in the Italian Alps to an altitude of about 8300 feet, where he set up a LEGO train set with one of the most epic views ever seen by its minifig passengers.

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How Freight Trains Connect the World

How Freight Trains Connect the World

In the world’s top economies, passenger trains have expensive tickets. Freight trains, on the other hand, move cargo at incredibly cheap rates. Wendover Productions explains why trains are more efficient than cargo trucks at moving goods across the Earth.

The LEGO Trains Book

The LEGO Trains Book

Do you aspire to someday make an awesome LEGO railway like this one? Holger Matthes’ book could be the place to start. The hardcover book features 248 pages packed with the history of LEGO trains, and instructions for building your own working LEGO railroad.

World’s Largest Model Train Set

World’s Largest Model Train Set

Guinness World Records spoke with the creators of Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model train set. Despite already having thousands of vehicles across different country sections, they are still expanding. Their latest addition is Italy, which took 2 years to build.

LEGO Sushi Conveyor

LEGO Sushi Conveyor

Beyond the Brick’s Joshua Hanlon recently visited Japan Brickfest 2018 and among the many sweet LEGO creations he spied was Dr. Peisan’s motorized restaurant, which serves up LEGO sushi dishes to BrickHeadz-style LEGO patrons on a circular track.

LEGO Technic Flying Train

LEGO Technic Flying Train

LEGO engineering master Yoshihito Isogawa shows off a simple, but impressive creation. This circular train track has a ramp with an open end, and a pivoting motor drive in the center. As the train car increases in speed, it takes flight, and manages to nail the landing every time.

LEGO Train on a Real Bridge

LEGO Train on a Real Bridge

With help from drone pilot Bitmaster2000, YouTuber BananenBuurman captured this fun footage of a crazy long LEGO train track he set up in the middle of the Netherlands’ famed Moerputtenbridge, a 1900+ foot-long bridge that was used to carry actual trains until the 1970s.

Train

Train

Prankmeister Rémi Gaillard once again slows down traffic with his antics, this time donning a train costume and setting up a pair of impromptu human gates wherever he wants. We suppose this would be a good way to cross a really busy street.

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How Model Trains Are Made

How Model Trains Are Made

An in-depth look inside Rapido Trains Inc.’s production facility in China, where workers painstakingly assemble scale model train engines and rail cars. Each model train body is individually molded, masked, painted, detailed, and assembled by hand.

World’s Longest HO Scale Train

World’s Longest HO Scale Train

Got 30 minutes to kill? Sit back and enjoy James Risner’s ridiculously long model train set, which has 1662 train cars, measures 1,134 feet long, and needs 25 engines to pull the thing. We’re just glad we’re not stuck in a tiny car waiting at the crossing for this thing to go by.

LEGO Spiral Train Tower

LEGO Spiral Train Tower

If you happen to spend any time in Baia Mare, Romania, you might get to see this impressive LEGO build up close and personal, otherwise, sit back and enjoy the wonder that is the world’s tallest LEGO spiral train. hntrains‘ 22 level construction measures nearly 10 feet tall.

World’s Steepest Funicular

World’s Steepest Funicular

Take a ride on what is now the steepest funicular railway, a marvel of engineering which lifts passengers up a mountain in Stoos, Switzerland at a crazy 110% gradient. It lifts more than 89,000 pounds nearly 2500 feet in altitude along its 1.07 mile route.

LEGO Train City

LEGO Train City

BananenBuurman pays a visit to an incredible LEGO city, populated with cars, buildings, boats, minifigs, an underwater world, and multiple operational trains. Kudos to Nardy Nafzger and Peter Goes for putting together this epic build.

Drone Buzzes Freight Train

Drone Buzzes Freight Train

NURK FPV and sponsor FPVDirect present some of the sweetest first-person view drone footage we’ve seen, as the pilot deftly maneuvers a quadcopter through a bridge, alongside and over a train, and turns in some thrilling loops and tricks the whole way along.

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