On Saturday 29th October at 10:30am BST/UTC+1, one of the UK's longest-serving and largest manufacturers of model railway’s, PECO, will be hosting a world-first of emulating, in miniature scale, a world record that is being attempted simultaneously by Swiss railways, to mark 175 years in operation. The world record attempt by the Swiss Rhätische Bahn will be staged to create the longest passenger train in history of 100 carriages and over one mile long, along the Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage route in the Swiss Alps.
The British owners of the miniature railway equivalent to this, ‘The Andeer Line’, which is modelled on a section of this route, came up with the idea of emulating this but in model form, and using PECO’s very own British-made HOm scale Streamline track. The team will be attempting this feat in conjunction with Swiss railways and will be streaming this live on their primary streaming channel, PECO TV, as well as offering tickets for enthusiasts to witness the event and later to drive the Swiss model trains using DCC controlled smart phones and tablets.
The idea for the event was conjured up by The Andeer Line’s owners, Derek & Julia Boswell, who have been working on the layout for several years through a love and passion for the stretch of Bernina pass that the RhB travels in the Swiss Alps.
The team are going to attempt to replicate the same feat that the Swiss are but in 1/87th of the scale. Either way, the challenges of doing this will be similar but for very different reasons...
Tickets to the event are FREE with a normal day admission pass at Pecorama. Click here www.pecorama.co.uk to book.
A live stream to the event will be available to view for FREE here from 10:15am BST on Saturday 29th October 2022.
To find out more about the Swiss Rhätische Bahn's world-record attempt and to view this LIVE @ 13:00 BST, click here
PECO (Pritchard Patent Product Co Ltd)
PECO is a British manufacturer and promoter of model railway track and accessories, which has been in operation for over 75 years, and exporting to over 30 countries worldwide. Based in Devon, PECO employs over 150 staff and designs and manufacturers all of its products at its headquarters in Beer.