5 of the World’s Greatest Model Railways

Discover some of the longest model railways in the world.

1. Wunderland ‘“ Hamburg ‘“ Germany


This model railway took 500,000 working hours and is stretched over 4km² with plans to increase this to 6km² in 2014. The model rail track runs for 9km at a cost of 7.3 million Euros.


2. Loxx Model railway



Named Loxx after the German word Loks meaning locomotives. This model railway took over 200,000 labour hours to create and has 4.15km of track.

Check out the Loxx railway in action with this video:


3. Gainsborough Model Railway



This is described as one of the largest model railways in ‘O’ gauge and it depicts the East Coast Main Line from London King Cross (UK) to Leeds Central. The rail track runs for 0.8km (1/2 mile) and requires at least 10 operators for it to run successfully.


4. Toggenburg Model Railway

This is Europe’s largest type ‘O’ model railway and is situated in the town of Lichtensteig in Switzerland.
Toggenburg model railway boasts 1.2km of track on an area of 500m squared.


5. Northlandz Model Railway

Northlandz is the world’s largest miniature railway and took 25 years of dedication which is clear from looking at the photos. It has 8 miles of track and what is even more impressive is that it has over 4,000 buildings and 1/2 million trees!


6. Sierra Pacific lines by Pasadena Model Railroad Club

The Sierra Pacific lines has 30,000ft of hand laid steel track and is the largest ‘HO’ model railway in the world. This model railway was started in 1940 and from end to end it takes a train one hour to complete the route.


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  • Speedmaster 8 years ago

    Wow, very impressive!

  • Mark J. Redmond 7 years ago

    I have been lucky enough to have seen this site. Shortest 5 hours of my life! Needed about 4 more days to really enjoy this layout.

  • John 7 years ago

    How come you folks left off the undisputed largest model railroad in the world–Train Mountain–now with over 15 linear miles of mainline track and 28 miles of track including yards and siding. Built on over 2600 acres (4 square miles) of land in Southern Oregon. Current plans are to construct nearly twenty five (25) miles of track over the next 5 years.

  • Stephen Kearns 7 years ago

    Dear Sirs
    I am about to build a Model Railway for my Grandson and any help ans suggestions I would appreciate very much it is over forty years since I built my first one for my son and I have lost touch with the layouts of them.
    Stephen Kearns

  • Stephen Kearns 7 years ago

    Dear Sirs
    I would appreciate any help or suggestions in building a Model Railway for my Grandson .
    It is over forty years since I first built one for my son and a few later for my nephew who went on and Computerised his at 14years of age.
    Since then I have not done anything on Modle Railways and now my Grandson is so intrested that he has rekendiled my interest in them once again and with the years having cought up with me I need someone to recharge my batteries in providing me with some examples of building them once again.
    Stephen Kearns

  • Paul Morcom 7 years ago

    Fantastic, really inspiring.

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