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“World’s biggest train set”

German twin brothers have spent the last nine years painstakingly putting together the world’s biggest train set. Housed in a previously empty Hamburg building, it covers 1,150 square metres and features almost six miles of track, but is still not complete.

Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, have spent 500,000 hours and the equivalent of more than £8million working on it.

Their creation is on display to the public and is so vast they have to employ more than 160 people just to show visitors around. Their ‘Miniatur Wunderland’ is split into six regions, including America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany and the Austrian Alps…

The brothers estimate the enormous track will be completed in 2014, when it will cover more than 1,800 square metres and feature almost 13 miles of track.

Today, their model railway comprises 700 trains with 10,000 carriages, 900 signals, 2,800 buildings and 160,000 individually designed figures.

The scenery took 700kg of fake grass and 4,000kg of steel to build. Night and day is even replicated thanks to 250,000 lights.

More at World’s biggest train set.

There’s video here.

March 26, 2009 Posted by | cool stuff, Fun stuff | , | 2 Comments

He’d make a great coon dog

Sure you’ve heard of cats getting stuck in trees, but what about a dog?

Buford, a 5-month-old hound mix, climbed a tree on Tuesday, and no one can figure out how he managed such a feat.

A [utility] bucket truck crew rescued Buford from a tree in South Knox County that was more than 20 feet tall. No one saw it happen, but he had managed to find his way to the very top branch.

After doing a lot of coaxing, a [utility] worker managed to get Buford into the bucket truck and back down into the waiting arms of his family.

via WBIR.com

March 26, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | Comments Off on He’d make a great coon dog