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Miniatur Wunderland – largest model railway in the world

An evening pause: The world’s largest model railroad.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • Dwight Decker

    I was there in 2004, and it was pretty spectacular then. They’ve added a lot more to it since I was there, it looks like — they were just then building the Scandinavian section with boats moving through real water, and that airport is completely new. I have a video about the place that covers some of the history of it… Seems it really was conceived as a gigantic model railroad, but it would have to earn its keep as a tourist attraction. The originators did a survey of potential visitors to gauge interest in the attraction, and discovered to their horror that women as a class had virtually no interest at all in looking at a model railroad. Too male and too geeky, apparently. A hypothetical “beer museum” scored higher on the survey as a draw for tourists. They got around this by pitching the place as a “miniature wonderland” in the advertising, talking it up as a whole wonderful miniature world that the whole family could enjoy while somewhat deemphasizing the railroad aspect of it (that would appeal only to some small group of middle-aged male railroad buffs).

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