Ever since Little Miss C first unwrapped the train set that we bought her last Christmas the whole family have loved the traditional nature of their train sets and we have played with it for hours. We were also lucky enough to review the Farmyard Crossing and Veg Train earlier in the year and I’ve also been introduced to other things in their wider range thanks to the lovely people at our local toyshop, Cuthberts in St Albans.
I was thrilled to therefore receive news of Bigjigs Rail’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Wooden Toy Train Track later this month. Our train track is normally set up around the living room floor and if we’re getting adventurous we make a tunnel out of the coffee table too. This is going to be on a whole different scale though. The current record is just over 1650 metres which is in itself quite impressive when you consider that a standard piece of track is only 21.5cm long (according to my trusty tape measure!) Bearing in mind what year we’re in the Bigjigs team are aiming for a staggering 2012 metres! That means they’re going to be using over 10,000 pieces of track in their attempt – not sure we could fit even a fraction of that in our living room.
Some of the best news as far as I am concerned is that this world record attempt is going to be open to the public and it’s even on a date that Little Miss C and I can attend – Thursday 26 July at Chatham Dockyard in Kent. It is free to attend and the public are welcome from 10am until the team hope to finish around 4pm. Members of the public can be a part of the monumental challenge by sponsoring pieces of wooden track for just £1 each; with all proceeds being split equally between Chatham Dockyard Locomotive Restoration Fun and Demelza House Children’s Charity.
If you want to find out more about BigJigs Toys and their World Record attempt then make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, although I should warn you that the quality of some of the “jokes” they crack on twitter is questionable!
Disclaimer: I have received no payment or reward for this post, but do plan to attend the World Record attempt where the Bigjigs team have promised me that someone will make this pregnant lady a cup of tea and find her a chair! 😉