Lockdown has done some peculiar things to us all, while for some the pandemic has given rise to seriously impressive outlets of creativity. Model railways, it would appear, is one of them.
The team over at Miniatur Wunderland, the Hamburg home to the world’s largest model train set, used lockdown as its chance to set a new Guinness World Record with the longest melody tapped out on glasses filled with water by a moving model train.
Yes, that’s correct. An impressive 2,840 glasses filled with water were lined alongside a track that stretched the length and breadth of the Miniatur Wunderland attraction, while a model train decked out with tapping ‘spoons’ and a microphone travels the course to play a compilation of 20 different classical tunes, including Johann Strauss’ Radetzky March and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fur Elise.
Museum founder and model train enthusiast Frederik Braun, said: “The Miniatur Wunderland has been without visitors for almost half a year. Despite these difficult times, the Wunderlandians are looking ahead and we used the time for a crazy idea for a new world record.
“Like many of the projects during the lockdown, this idea was only possible during the time without visitors in the exhibition.”
Braun took inspiration for the World Record attempt from a video which did the rounds two years ago, in which an A380 takes off from Knuffingen Airport with a Santa Claus sitting on the wing, clapper in hand, hitting glasses filled with water that plays out Jingle Bells.
“This gave rise to the idea of driving a train through the entire wonderland and playing a medley of the world’s most famous classical pieces,” continued Braun. “In the last few weeks it has given us a lot of diversion, fun and a good mood, but also demanded a lot of creativity, inventiveness and perseverance.”
The special route, lined with thousands of differently filled glasses, depicts miniature versions of cities, including Hamburg and Las Vegas.
The team at Miniatur Wunderland achieved the Guinness World Record on March 17th this year. The video of the achievement has since clocked up more than 100,000 views and counting. Check it out below: