Bruce Zaccagnino

Bruce Zaccagnino

The American who built the world's largest model railroad
Country: USA

Biography of Bruce Williams Zaccagnino

Bruce Williams Zaccagnino, an American, built the largest model railroad in the world. The railway spans a length of 13 kilometers and includes around 400 bridges, with approximately 100 trains running on it. It took Bruce Williams 16 years to construct this marvel, but his hard work was rewarded with an official world record.

Bruce Zaccagnino

Bruce Williams Zaccagnino has had a lifelong passion for model railroads, and building models has been his hobby for many years. 25 years ago, he began construction on his own railway, which he named Northlandz. Today, this masterpiece can be seen in Flemington, New Jersey, where it is housed in a toy museum.

Bruce Zaccagnino

Initially, Bruce Williams started the construction more than two decades ago in the basement of his own home. However, as the model grew larger over the years, he had to expand the space. Eventually, the model railroad, now called Northlandz, outgrew the basement and transformed into an entire city. In addition to the tracks, railroad ties, and trains, the model features cities with skyscrapers and residential houses, villages, cars, and approximately 50,000 trees. Along the banks of mountain rivers, houses are situated, and people work and relax. Moreover, Bruce Williams meticulously designed electric transmission poles, intricate bridges, automobiles and trucks, as well as amusement parks, stadiums, tents, and shops—everything that an ordinary train might encounter.

Bruce Zaccagnino

Interestingly, the creator of this remarkable model admits that he has never ridden on a train himself. Bruce Williams revealed that he worked seven days a week for 19 hours each day, dedicating himself entirely to his Northlandz project. Initially, he worked alone, but as the model expanded, he recruited assistants, including designers and engineers. His friend, Frank Pitigliano, designed the city, and several dozen assistants have contributed to the project at various times.

Bruce Zaccagnino

Those who have visited the museum in New Jersey, where this amazing model railroad is displayed, say that the sight is simply breathtaking. With 13 kilometers of railroad tracks, more than 100 trains, 40 bridges and viaducts, and around 3,000 buildings, Northlandz is a sight to behold. The amount of money Bruce Williams invested in his creation remains a mystery, but it is rumored to be several million dollars. The official record was entered in the Guinness World Records, and Bruce Williams Zaccagnino became known worldwide as the creator of the largest model railroad in the world.

Northlandz opened to the public in 1997, and since then, the New Jersey museum has attracted a huge number of visitors. Many admit that the model looks incredibly realistic, and it is difficult to believe what they are seeing. Some even compare the impression from Northlandz to the awe-inspiring experience of visiting the Grand Canyon. Interestingly, among the museum's visitors are several celebrities, including Rod Stewart and Neil Young.

Overall, Bruce Williams Zaccagnino is extremely proud of his model railroad. There is nothing else like it in any corner of the world, and its nearest competitor pales in comparison in terms of size, scope, and execution.

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