Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square is getting ready to introduce the world's largest matchstick model to the public July 29. But you can get a sneak peek, plus a giveaway and opportunity to meet the artist on Tuesday, July 28, at 2pm.
The train measures 22 feet long, 13 feet wide and 9 feet high – and is made from over one million, individually placed matchsticks. Created in the style of steampunk, this locomotive features classic turn-of-the century details of both a plane and a train. Visitors can get up close and personal to this massive exhibit with direct access to the train's 'working' engineer cab. This child-size cab has fully operable throttle, brake and forward levers.
Ripley's commissioned the locomotive, called 'Plane Loco', from master matchstick artist Patrick Acton. Acton spent 14 months (over 3,000 hours) building his largest creation in Iowa. He will hand deliver the giant exhibit, and will be onsite to perform the installation himself at Times Square.
The first 200 guests to arrive at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square on Tues, July 28, at 2pm, will receive special giveaways and have an opportunity to meet the artist himself.
"This train is an incredible work on its own, but the fact that Pat built it one single matchstick at a time is what visitors will find truly mind-boggling," said Edward Meyer, Ripley's VP of Exhibits and Archives.