Longest toy train track-world record set by
Thomas the Tank Engine
TAMWORTH, UK -- A 1.8km train set, made of 10,530
pieces from the Thomas Track Master set, was build at Thomas
Land at the Drayton Manor Theme Park-setting the world
record for the Longest
toy train track.
Photo: Ethan Bryan, eight year old son
of Drayton Manor general manager George Bryan, blows the whistle
on the new world record, assisted by sister Anais-Lorren,
local visitor Thomas Land (right) and the Fat Controller.
There are 48 spirals of track in total and
the whole track takes up an area 3 meters wide by 50 meters
The track took a team of six people two weeks
to design and was built by the Royal British Legion Industries.
The completed structure is long enough to
surround the football pitch at Wembley five times.
The train set is built in sections of five tier
high spirals interspersed with popular Thomas destinations
from the Island of Sodor.
Manor, which recently became home to Europe’s only
Thomas Land attraction, teamed up with toymakers Tomy and
Hit Entertainment to try and break the world record.
Tomy’s chief executive Robert Mann said
the team wanted to design “the most magnificent train track
in the world”.
He said: “It was a challenge to build, but after
a bit of huffing and puffing we have reached our destination
and now have a fantastic 1.8km long train set. We are waiting
with great anticipation for Guinness World Records to confirm
we have broken the world record.”
Manor’s managing director Colin Bryan said it was
“an amazing occasion”.
The record breaking Thomas & Friends track was made
up of the following elements:
5,500 straight pieces of track
3,125 curved pieces of track
10 flat end turn out with switch track (mix of
left and right)
10 slope track curves
50 girders (level 1, 2 and 3)
10 Harold at the Hangar
Sodor Mountain mines
10 Cranky at the Docks
15 Tidmouth sheds
50 Signal posts
1,700 customised supports
Total of 10,530 pieces
The previous world record for the Longest
toy train track was 1,650.14 metres at Thomas Land
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