world record in Commerce Charter Township, Michigan

Commerce Township, Michigan, USA – A more than 10,000 square foot building in Commerce Township, Michigan, is filled with more than 12,000 feet of track stacked with multiple layers of soil depth at nine-foot level, and houses the world record for the longest model train, 1,112.06 feet (1,205 freight cars and 26 locomotives), and sets the world record for being the
The world’s largest O-scale model railwayaccording to the WORLD RECORD ACADEMY.

Photo Above: World’s Largest Miniature Railroad: World Record in Commerce Charter Township, Michigan/Detroit News

“Nowhere is there a layout with more linear feet of O scale, two rail tracks installed and running,” says
official site.

“Chi-town assembled and ran on a permanent interior layout of a model railway, with inclines and curves, a train 1,112.06 feet long consisting of 1,205 cars and 26 locomotives. The train weighed nearly 1,400 pounds.”

“The two-hour construction, measurement and operation was observed by an invited roster of local and state dignitaries and licensed professionals presided over by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. The actual measurement was carried out by licensed land surveyor, Joe Kapelzak, using a combination of computerized optical and laser surveying equipment.”

“The route through the Chi-Town alignment we selected rose and fell over 22 inches. Rounded a large number of standard and double-slip switches and negotiated 1,680 degrees of bend per round.”

Pictured above: World’s Largest Miniature Railroad: World Record in Commerce Charter Township, Michigan. Photos (2,3,4,5) by Edward Pevos MLive

“We’re filling a 10,000+ square foot building in Commerce Township, Michigan with over 12,000 feet of track stacked multiple layers deep from ground to nine-foot level, and our all-volunteer staff is opening the doors to the public on weekends from Nov. until early March,” the
official site said.

“Through its affiliation with the non-profit West Oakland Railroad Museum, there is an emphasis on exquisite modeling and our historically accurate and interpreted depiction of the railroad inside and outside the largest railroad hub of the Americas, Chicago, in the 1950s and 1960s.”

“Chi-Town Union Station is now the largest O-Scale model layout in the world. There are layouts in larger buildings, on larger plots of land, and a few multi-scale ones may have more total tracking, but there’s nothing quite as intense as Chi-Town. Nowhere is a layout with more linear feet of O scale, two railroad tracks installed and running.

Chi-Town’s Union Station is also home to the world’s longest miniature train.

“Chi-town assembled and ran on a permanent interior layout of a model railway, with inclines and curves, a train 1,112.06 feet long consisting of 1,205 cars and 26 locomotives. The train weighed nearly 1,400 pounds,” said the
official site said.


“The two-hour construction, measurement and operation was observed by an invited roster of local and state dignitaries and licensed professionals presided over by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. The actual measurement was carried out by licensed land surveyor, Joe Kapelzak, using a combination of computerized optical and laser surveying equipment.

“The route through the Chi-Town alignment we selected rose and fell over 22 inches. Rounded a large number of standard and double-slip switches and negotiated 1,680 degrees of bend per round.”

“Packed from floor to ceiling in a former supermarket. Hundreds of computers run 30 to 50 trains at a time, in a 1950s Chicago landscape,” said the
roadside america reports.

“The world’s largest O-scale model railroad fills a 10,000 square foot building from floor to ceiling with 14,000 feet of track. Hundreds of computers run 30 to 50 trains at a time. A reproduction of the luxury passenger trains of Chicago and its destinations in the 1950s.”

“O scale (or O-gauge) is a commonly used scale for model trains and railroad transport modelling. Introduced by German toymaker Märklin around 1900, in the 1930s, the three-speed alternating-current O-gauge rails was the most common model railroad scale in the United States and remained so until the early 1960s. In Europe, its popularity declined before World War II due to the introduction smaller scales.
(Wikipedia)

“Chi-Town’s Union Station is home to the world’s largest O-scale model railway. Although there are other model train scales, no one beats the size of the O-scale track set at Chi-Town. While you are there, you can also see the world’s longest miniature train”,
mllive.com reports.



“The largest O-Gauge model railroad is located inside Chi-Town Union Station at 8275 Cooley Lake Road in Commerce Charter Township.”

“Museum of Railroad History and Affiliated Artifacts
Chi Town Union Station,
world’s largest O-scale model railway layout 10,000 square feet five to seven layers deep, and home to the world’s record longest model train, 1,112.06 feet (1205 freight cars and 26 locomotives), the
Pure Michigan reports.

“Focuses on the American railroad in the 1950s and 1960s, with an emphasis on passenger travel through Chicago. Groups welcome, handicapped accessible, admission is $4. Open from November to April Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Room: (248) 613-9471

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The world’s largest O-scale model railway

Address: 8275 Cooley Lake Road, Commerce Township, MI
Directions: Chi-Town Union Station. About 30 miles north of Detroit Metro Airport in the Village of Union Lake. On the south side of Cooley Lake Rd, three buildings west of Union Lake Rd.
Hours: F-Su 11-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Call: 248-613-9471
Admission: Adults $5

website:
http://www.chi-townunionstation.com/

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