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Miniatur Wunderland’s Guinness World Record musical train

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In a delightful and highly coordinated team effort to capture the Guinness World Record for Longest Melody Played by a Model Train, Miniatur Wunderland set up water glasses along a specially built toy train track to play a medley of classical compositions.

The melodies play for 2/3rd’s of the video. At the six-minute mark, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Wunderlandian team put everything together. Note: There are flashing lights for a brief moment after 4 minutes and 15 seconds.

the train in motion
How many melodies are played? How many do you recognize? And how many glasses do you think were required for such a monumental effort? (Find the answers on the Guinness site.)

“A little hint: We used melodies from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauß, Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Johannes Brahms, Georges Bizet and many more.”

“Like many of the projects during the lockdown,” the Guinness World Record video caption explains, “this idea was only possible during the time without visitors in the exhibition.” This provided the team with “diversion, fun and a good mood, but also demanded a lot of creativity, inventiveness and perseverance.”

the glasses set up
The largest model railroad in the world, Hamburg, Germany‘s Miniatur Wunderland is home to nine themed worlds, 1,040 trains, 269,000 figures, and over 300 employees. It first opened its doors on August 16th, 2001 with three sections. The team continues to expand the exhibits with plans mapped out to 2028.

The train during testing
Previously from Japanese television: A speeding toy train plays the William Tell Overture on bottles.

Then watch these related train videos:
• Pachelbel’s Train Horns
• Epic stunts by a toy Thomas the Tank Engine
• A fast-paced tour of Germany’s Miniatur Wunderland model train exhibit
• Explore the Miniatur Wunderland model railway with Google Maps
• The biggest model railroad in the Northwest
• Northlandz: One of the world’s largest model railroads
• How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

Bonus glass + water videos:
• The Inverted Glass Harp
• The Glass Armonica, Benjamin Franklin’s 1761 invention
• Glass through Glass by Alexander Chen

h/t Dust to Digital.

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