In the middle of the railway tracks of Auckland’s Britomart station, history was written.
By Tessa Parker
On Sunday, 14-year-old Alex Blong built a 25-meter Lego train, likely breaking the Guinness World Record.
Although this is yet to be confirmed by the iconic toy company, the miniature locomotive carrying 101 cars easily beats the previous record of 69.
“I have to admit, I feel pretty good,” says Alex.
It’s not every day that you come across the world’s longest model train next to real locomotives.
But for Alex’s family, his success is anything but unusual.
The teenager’s grandfathers, Ross Blong and Tom Mccallum, describe Alex as gifted.
Younger sister Lizzy Blong is also proud, but not surprised, of her brother’s achievement.
“That’s very Alex of him,” she says.
“I’ll probably buy the [Guiness World Record] book and show it to everyone at school.
For Alex, building the longest toy train started as a self-containment project, but his family and New Zealand’s Lego community soon jumped on board.
The local Lego club, the All Blocks, was on the tracks on Sunday, helping build carriages and working with Alex to ensure the train’s six electric motors could move the train’s 25-metre Lego along its tracks. plastic tracks.
Robin Sather is a judge for the Lego Masters of New Zealand and one of the few Lego-certified professional builders in the world.
Sather certified Alex’s bid for the Guinness Book of World Records on Sunday, despite some technical hiccups that delayed the maiden voyage by minutes.
“That’s a lot of weight to pull all those carts, getting them moving is the big thing,” Sather says.
But Alex and the team of Lego enthusiasts assisting him were undeterred, Sather says.
“Lego is just one of those things that is such a connector,” says Sather.
“You look around… We have three and four year olds and we have grandparents, and everyone is having fun.
“Lego bricks are the glue that binds us all together.”
Alex’s father, Chris Blong, was with the team to work through the issues with his son at the last minute.
“I’m really happy for him, and really happy that it gave him the experience of working with other people,” he says.
But despite the teen’s success, Alex isn’t slowing down.
“Honestly, I’ve had a few ideas and my parents are like, ‘no, just finish what you’re doing.’
“But I like to build things and I like to build big things.”