Longest tune ever played by a model train

Longest tune ever played by a model train


norman lebrecht

May 19, 2021

You won’t thank me for sharing this but in years to come when someone asks ‘what did you do in the Great Pandemic, Grandad?’ someone in northern Germany will pull out this invention and be infinitely proud of it.

Nuff said. The Guinness Book of Records proclaims: ‘The longest melody played by a model train is 2,840 notes long, and was achieved by Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg GmbH (Germany) on 17 March 2021..


  • justin says:

    I DO thank you! Made my day, my week!

    These guys deserve a Nobel Prize…in something, I’m sure.

    Now I know where to go after the lockdown…I already reserved my tickets to Hamburg. Train tickets.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    That’s so clever and must have taken absolutely ages to tune each glass and set up. Drive you daft though!

  • Larry says:


  • Brian Bell says:

    What fun! Next they can build Norwegian scenery when they do Grieg, go past bullfights with Carmen etc.
    Putting something together like this is most productive waste of time I can think of. Almost beats doing something important. In fact…


    The sheer effort involved in setting this up – tuning the glasses and spacing them – was fantastic. And they got most of the tempi about right! Congratulations to all involved.

  • Herb says:

    What happens when some of the water evaporates?

  • msc says:

    I think the Guinness people don’t quite know what “a melody” is. Amusing, however…..

  • Does a medley count as “a melody”?

  • Greg Bottini says:

    I absolutely LOVE model trains! I had an extensive set of Lionels when I was a kid, and much later a co-worker and I set up a thrift shop HO set in an unused storeroom.
    This video is just GREAT!

  • David K. Nelson says:

    Miniatur Wunderland is a remarkable creation, quite apart from this tuned water glass gimmick. YouTube vids abound but while it is nominally a model train exhibition, the airport scenes alone are an incredible achievement.