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Thomas' track nets world record

World record track builders Ted Freeman, Rod Turkington and Ray Murphy, with Workshops Rail Museum director Andrew Moritz, celebrate the official world record undertaken last year.
World record track builders Ted Freeman, Rod Turkington and Ray Murphy, with Workshops Rail Museum director Andrew Moritz, celebrate the official world record undertaken last year.

IPSWICH has another claim to fame, officially securing the Guinness world record for the World's Longest Toy Train Track.

To celebrate the achievement, Workshops Rail Museum staff received their official world records certificate on Saturday.

Constructed at the museum in November last year, the toy train track broke the existing world record held by Japan.

The track was built using Thomas the Tank Engine pieces and measured 2.014km, making it 364 metres longer than the previously held record, which was set in Odaiba in August 2006.

The total length of the structure was six times the height of the Eiffel Tower, five-and-a-half times the height of Uluru and long enough to surround the Melbourne Cricket Ground four times.

Museum director Andrew Moritz said the facility was proud of its achievement.

“We are the home of Australia's biggest Thomas event, a fact cemented with this record,” Mr Moritz said.

The day also coincided with the return of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends to the museum for the school holidays.

Sherwood couple Anna and Joel Mitchell were among those taking in the popular exhibit, bringing along ‘train mad' two-year-old son Oliver.

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