'Model Railway' Took Over 500,000 Hours To Build

This is the Miniatur Wunderland, in Hamburg, Germany. It sprawls across 1300sqm, filling an entire warehouse. It consists of over 1000 moving vehicles. It took over 500,000 hours to build. And it's absolutely incredible.

I mean, come on. Look at those fire engines driving down the road! And the planes taking off and landing on the runway!

I love my video games, but there are times when old-fashioned automatons are still superior, and this is definitely one of those times.

New video of incredible model railroad in Hamburg: Miniatur Wunderland [Boing Boing]


    This is why Europe is in a recession. //altho rather impressive.

    I don't mean to be rude when I say this.
    It may be amazing (me myself a fan of model railways), but it's still not video game related. I mean this isn't a personal blog (much), this is a dedicated news service about video games.

      About page says its about gaming and gaming culture, this falls under the gaming culture. plus its crazy awesome, and totally geeky

        Can't see how it falls under gaming culture unless you define that as something (unrelated to gaming) that someone interesting in gaming finds interesting. In which case I'd like to tell you about a recent change to international accounting standards that I found interesting.

        That said, I'd never heard of the Miniatur Wunderland before and found it one of Mr Plunkett's most interesting posts.

      Kotaku Police - how would we traverse this website without you! Keep up the good work.

    I always loved seeing the model railways when i was a kid going into HobbyCo in Sydney. This, however, takes it too another level. Amazingly awesome.

    I was hoping this would tie into a "someone has used a game engine to make a sweet model railway"... but no.

    The Signal Engine as seen in Toy Soldiers would make a sweet model railway game.

    Team Fortress 2 would be insane if someone did a model railway based on the buildings and trains.

    But this article? Eh, already knew about it.

    i dont get it, they show you all these individual sections, but it says it takes up a whole warehouse? wouldn't it be infinitely more useless and interesting to at least finish the video with a shot encompassing the whole build? I have seen all this shit before in small sections..

      sry more useFUL*

    My dad would shit his pants if I showed him that. Seriously. He loves his model trains.

    I thought it was pretty cool and worth the entire 5 minutes of my time to watch. Like everything on the internet if you don't like it.... don't watch it! Sick of seeing these "Kotaku Elite" jump down the throats of anything that falls outside their neat little box of interests.

    so took 57 years @ 24/7 to build. pffft!

      Um that's 500,000 'working hours.' I think it's safe to say more than one person worked on this project. :P

    Would be interesting if they added a Japan section with the 1/1 Gundam in it. :3

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