Model railways are a hobby for thousands people across the world but one enthusiast has taken the pastime to the next level.
In a small town in New Jersey there is a phenomenon going on with tourists from all around the globe catching a glimpse. It is, of course, the world's largest model railroad which has been created by native Bruce Williams Zaccagnino. Northlandz, in Flemington, is truly a sight to behold and took Mr Zaccagnino 16 years to complete. It boasts over eight miles of track along with more than 100 trains and nearly 400 bridges.
This is not your average model railway layout and while it is scaled down people could be forgiven for mistaking it for the real thing. There are around 3,000 miniature buildings in cities and villages, 50,000 trees and 40-foot bridges crossing huge canyons. Mr Zaccagnino also confirmed to the Daily Mail that his creation is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the biggest of its kind on Earth.
Mr Zaccagnino has dedicated his recent life to bringing his dream to fruition and explained that he spent "several million" dollars on the project not to mention working 18 or 19 hours a day, seven days a week to complete it. He went on to say that the site is becoming a huge hit with tourists and visitors alike and added that some have even mentioned that it could be regarded as "one of the Wonders of the World".
While it has not yet scaled those heights, Mr Zaccagnino believes that it has certainly put the town of Flemington on the map. It shows the potential what people can achieve when they go all out to get the very best of their model railway hobby. Although he has spent over $1 million (£651,000) creating this masterpiece, Mr Zaccagnino will no doubt be the envy of the rest of the model railway community.