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Hit has Thomas & Friends world record in sights

Firm aiming to build longest toy train track ever in Australia.
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Hit Entertainment and Fisher-Price are aiming to claim a new world record for Australia, by building the longest toy train track ever.

Constructed at The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, Queensland, the Australian train track is set to break the Guinness World Record held by Japan. Built using Fisher-Price TrackMaster pieces, it measures 2,014 km, making it 364 metres longer than the previously held record, which was built at Mediage/Aqua City, Odaiba, Japan back in August 2006.

It has been put together using 10,197 pieces of track and includes 40 Thomas & Friends engines, 40 stations and winds its way past some of Australia's famous landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Uluru and Kangaroo Island.

It has taken a team of 20 people 214 hours to build and it spans 35m by 5m wide.

"This is a great way to celebrate the launch of the Thomas & Friends TrackMaster sets with such a magnificent, record breaking structure," said Meagan Reay, marketing director at Mattel, Australia. "We are excited that our products could help Australia claim this new world record."

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