NEW YORK, July 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium introduces the world's largest matchstick model to the public July 29th, 2015.

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 Pat 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.

Members of the press are invited to a pre-launch event on Tuesday, June 28th from 6 AM – 8 AM. Artist Pat Acton will be on hand to answer questions about his world record art, and offer a first-hand look at how such a massive undertaking is achieved one matchstick at a time.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square will officially open the exhibit to press and public at 2PM on Tuesday, June 28th. The first 200 guests will receive special giveaways and have an opportunity to meet the artist.

"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.
About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley's Believe It or Not! is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. ( family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Brittany Every
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square