Panasonic Corporation took on a great challenge, to create a new Guinness World Record(TM) using a toy train powered by a single dry cell battery to travel along the world's longest track created with plastic rails*1. On December 14, 2013, the train traveled 5.60844km and successfully set a new Guinness World Record(TM).
The new record was set with the help of TOMY Company, Ltd. and the students of the Takinogawa Daishichi Elementary School located in the Kita Ward of Tokyo. The track was created with TOMY's plarails*2 and the toy train used was Akita Bullet Train E6 Super Komachi. The train powered by 1 dry cell "EVOLTA" AA battery traveled 5.60844km on a track created with 26,667 rails.
The track was designed by students of the Takinogawa Daishichi Elementary School. The school, which was built 59 years ago, will close down in March 2014, and reopen as a new school. All 41 students as well as their teachers and former graduates joined hands spending approximately 1 week to put the track together. The students wanted to work together to set a new world record as a last project to remember the school by.
A part of the plarails used to set the new Guinness World Record(TM) will be donated to the "Smiles for everyone with challenge rails" campaign to commemorate this great feat. Before the campaign kicks off, Panasonic will also donate the rails to 5 organizations in northeast Japan affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and other organizations that may request to participate.
Panasonic hopes to make many children smile with the plarails and the dry cell battery "EVOLTA," which helped set a new Guinness World Record(TM).
The new Guinness World Record(TM) overview
Official name of record: Longest plastic toy train track
Date set: December 14, 2013
Place: Takinogawa Daishichi Elementary School, Kita Ward, Tokyo
Time: 4 hours 25 minutes 34 seconds
You can watch the archives of "EVOLTA Challenge 2013" on USTREAM.
"EVOLTA Challenge 2013" TV CM - Right after creating a new Guinness World Record
*1 "Longest plastic toy train track" challenge
Guinness World Record(TM) is the registered trademark of Guinness World Records Limited.
*2 "Plarail is a long-running series of railroad toys created in 1959. These iconic blue rails have provided hours of play to many generations of children.