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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.

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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.

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
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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.

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.

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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.

World’s Smallest Working Train Set

World’s Smallest Working Train Set

The Museum of Working Miniatures is jampacked with tiny versions of stuff. One of our favorites has to be this miniature model train set which actually works. It cheats by using electromagnets instead of wheels to move the railcars around the track.

Vectorr High-Speed Rail Concept

Vectorr High-Speed Rail Concept

In Ukiah, California, there’s a sixth-scale train set quietly ambling over a vineyard. But it’s no mere toy. It’s a proof-of-concept for Flight Rail’s Vectorr – a rail system that uses vacuum to push or pull a magnetic carriage, which in turn takes the train above with it.

Spiral Train 2.0

Spiral Train 2.0

After showing off his awesome spiraling model train set, James Risner created a fancier version of the track, which used over 8,000 K’Nex parts to give the train a downward spiral effect. It looks sort of like a coliseum made from trains.

Why Train Trips Are so Expensive

Why Train Trips Are so Expensive

In developed countries, passenger train trips between towns or cities are often more expensive than a plane trip between the same points. Wendover Productions explains why that’s the case, and how ticket prices are adjusted to cover the operator’s expenses.

Crazy LEGO Railways

Crazy LEGO Railways

YouTuber BANANENBUURMAN loves to build over-the-top dioramas and environments using a LEGO model train as his main form of transportation. He’s built a set that runs through an aquarium tunnel, a ridiculously long track, and even figured out how to do a loop de loop.

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LEGO Cargo Train Simulator

LEGO Cargo Train Simulator

LEGO master builder Sariel used Technic components and the SBrick to make an automated train cargo loader and rotary dumper. The dumper requires no human input, while the loader goes to work at the press of a button and can also be controlled manually.

LEGO Railroad POV

LEGO Railroad POV

True to his name, YouTuber TrainGuy 659 made a 164ft-long LEGO railroad system in his house, looping from a bedroom, across the living room, around the yard and back. His minifigs might be afraid to ride on it though.

Trains in Distress

Trains in Distress

YouTuber theseheavenlybodies replaced the sound of trains with the sound of people screaming. We imagine this is what would happen if the Coen brothers made a live-action version of Thomas & Friends. We should do a similar dub for this clip.

High-Speed Marble Train

High-Speed Marble Train

JelleKnikkers built this fun take on the model railroad, replacing the train cars with about 30 1/2-inch steel marbles. The track is about 200 feet long, and constructed from LEGO components. The glow-in-the-dark marbles at the end are pretty neat too.

World’s Simplest Electric Train 2

World’s Simplest Electric Train 2

After an earlier demonstration using copper wire, magnets and a battery to create a model railroad, YouTuber AmazingScience shows how to not only make a longer track, but to get the train to ride on the outside of the coil.

Japan’s 311MPH Train

Japan’s 311MPH Train

Citizens rode Japan’s upcoming magnetic levitation trains in a public test run. The train went up to 311mph (500kph), over 100mph faster than the famous Shinkansen or bullet train line. Original video here.

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