A little film about the world's largest model train


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/07/13/a-little-film-about-the-world.html


#2

I grew up in New Jersey and went to Northlandz as a kid. It seems almost like a dream. It couldn’t have been real. But I guess there is video evidence. :slight_smile:


#3

Those cars look small, are they N-scale?


#4

I love when these big layouts get into the 10,000s of feet of track – at 66’ per mile at scale, this guy has nearly 1,000 miles of track at scale.


#5

I grew up near Roadside America: http://roadsideamericainc.com/

We went there often, and I’ve loved model trains ever since!


#6

That’s definitely HO.


#7

sigh worlds largest? really? There is a whole world outside the USA you know.


#8

I’ve been a couple of times - it’s not far from where we live. For an idea of the size, this is the control room:

The airport is amazing:


#9

I haven’t been to Germany in a long time, but next time I go – I’m going there.


#10

I was there a number of years ago. It’s definitely neat to see – worth dropping in. I remember it being “dusty” though. If they still have the “Doll Room”, skip it - it’s creepy as all get up. I’ve been to Roadside America too which I think is somehow more impressive – mostly because you can see the entire layout all at once… Roadside America, in the off season (whatever that is), rotates chunks of it out for cleaning. I remember it being meticulously maintained.


#11

We have a great little one in Walnut Creek (SF East Bay) I’ve been going to my whole life but while it has an active club, they don’t seem to have a good volunteer for dust abatement.


#12

If you ever go to Sonoma California, check out http://www.traintown.com/ , it’s not as awe inspiring as this place, but you’ll have fun.


#13

I interpreted “largest” to mean physical size of the train itself which made me ponder the question “At what point does the model train become a train?”.


#14

I grinned like a nutcase when I saw the jetliner fly through the cloud curtain. And then I scrolled down a bit more and saw the Millennium Falcon and the top of my head just about fell off.


#15

Would human accessibility and use for transportation be the qualifying traits for consideration as a “real” train? If a human can’t get into/on the train and it’s not used for actual transportation purposes (barring any kitschy uses like a condiment train on a dinner table), then I would consider it a model train regardless of the size.


#16

Fair enough. I guess I’ll never be a philosopher.


#17

That sounds exactly like something a philosopher would say! Congratulations, you’re a meta-philosopher about your own philosophizing.

Now let’s discuss Theseus’ Ship…


#18

Do model train sets not include people of color?


#19

Well, it is called “Northlandz”.


#20

Imagine what might be unleashed with the advent of universal basic income. All those creative wonders, all those long-dreamed adventures, sitting gathering dust on the back shelves of people’s minds as they drag themselves through their dreary workday routines. Imagine what we might do with all that life-time squandered on someone else’s profit.