In Darmstadt, Germany, there's the Eisenbahnbetriebsfeld: a model railway connected to actual railway signalling equipment, so that controllers can learn without putting any real trains in danger. I got to learn the very basics.
We built this MegaTrack in our backyard over 4 months using a variety of materials including wood, 10 ladders, 2 inflatable pools, PVC tubing, blocks, plastic container tubs, cardboard boxes, pool noodles, and Hot Wheels products. A lot of troubleshooting took place as the body of the car we were using didn't initially fit through a booster. 3 months of modifications/troubleshooting and 1 month of construction later and here we are! Over 30 boosters launch the car down 2,000ft of track across land, sky, and underwater making this one of the largest Hot Wheels tracks ever built! We did use cuts to make this track work, but we figured it would still be entertaining and fun to watch!
An introduction to the Australian vernacular, with particular emphasis on their penchant for expletives and derogatory put-downs.