What am I Lego-loving?December 15, 2014
Building and playing with Legos is fun. Building and playing with model railroads is just as much fun. However, there are not many things better than when the two are combined.
It doesn’t matter what your age is, model trains and Legos have withstood the test of time and remain popular with kids, adults and hobbyists alike. There is just something about the creativity and imagination that are inherent qualities of both activities, and they’re even better when the two are combined.
This was certainly the case for Henrik Ludvigsen, of Denmark, and 80 of his friends. As an avid Lego enthusiast, Ludvigsen had amassed a large number of Lego rail pieces (from the 1960s and 1970s); therefore, he decided to do something grandiose with them all. Along with his fellow Lego advocates, he set out to design one massive, continuous railroad track out of nothing but Legos – a creative adventure that would place him and his associates in the record books.
Ludvigsen and his team of helpers pooled together all of their Lego pieces and solicited the help of fans all over the world to donate additional blue and / or white Lego pieces (tracks and support pieces). By the time they were ready to construct the railway on May 10-11, 2013, the team had collected nearly 100,000 Lego pieces for the project.
Ludvigsen and his team of 80 helpers worked tirelessly for six hours to build the complicated train layout. While the final design was void of any kind of accessories, decorations or scenery, there was one thing it was not short of … tracks. The end result was a winding track (with plenty of straightaways, as well) that stretched for nearly 2.5 miles in total distance (2.485 miles to be exact, or 4,000.25 meters). The project was so large that it earned the title and distinction of being the world’s longest plastic toy train track and the world’s longest Lego railway, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
You would probably think the venue that played host to such an enormous task would have to be rather large, and you would be correct. The team of Lego lovers set up the track in a gym in Denmark, covering a majority of the floor.
When it came time to test the railroad, they placed a small train – also made out of Legos – on the tracks (it is not the same train featured in the video above, although the track is the same). Due in large part to the length of the track, but also because of the locomotive’s slow speed, the train took approximately four hours to make one circuit around the entire railroad.
Unfortunately, the set-up was only temporary. Ludvigsen and his team dismantled the track shortly after constructing it.
While building a massive model railway system may not be something you have the space or time for, releasing your inner child and embracing your love of all things model railroading (even if they aren’t your traditional model railroads) is a great outlet and can span generations.