World's longest Thomas track attempt at The Workshops Rail Museum

07 October 2010

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are poised to claim a new world record for Australia with the longest ever toy train track currently under construction at The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich.

The record-breaking track has been registered with the Guinness Book of World Records in Australia and will take place at 11am on Saturday 6 November 2010.

The Thomas train track, built using Thomas the Tank Engine Fisher-Price® Trackmaster pieces, is 2.014 kilometres long. This is 364 metres longer than the previously-held record, which was built at Mediage/Aqua City, Odaiba, Japan on the 23rd August 2006.

The track will use more than 10,000 pieces of track and includes 40 Thomas and Friends trains and 40 stations. It will wind its way past some of Australia’s most famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Uluru, the Twelve Apostles, Luna Park, the Bell Tower and the Big Pineapple.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said he was delighted the Museum was able to be part of this world record attempt ahead of the yearly Thomas the Tank Engine event over the summer school holidays.

Day out with Thomas attracts thousands of visitors when The Fat Controller and Thomas the Tank Engine come to the Museum and this is a fabulous opportunity to introduce a new concept in the lead up to the event.”

“The Fat Controller and Thomas the Tank Engine himself will be on hand to oversee the whole event as we attempt to set the world record,” Mr Moritz said.

Day out with Thomas 2011 starts on Boxing Day this year and runs through until 30 January 2011.

The Workshops Rail Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

For further information and ticket prices, visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3432 5100.

Media Contact: Glenn Price | Ph: 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995