Jason Moreno puts a toy train on his record-setting track at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. (Ray Stubblebine/Associated Press)

Hundreds of families crowded into New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Saturday to watch Jason Moreno set a world record for tallest toy train track.

Moreno, who works for toymaker Tomy, spent five hours building a track that reached 17 feet in the air and featured 1,000 pieces of track.

“It was exhilarating,” Moreno said. “When that train made it through more than 140 spiraling turns and hit the bottom, I am sure you could hear the cheers and screams throughout Grand Central Terminal!”

Moreno built the track out of Chuggington StackTrack, which is designed to create multilevel layouts. To set the Guinness World Record, Moreno’s track had to be at least 9 feet 8 inches tall and a train had to be able to travel from top to bottom. The finished product was 17 feet 4 inches tall.

The event was part of Grand Central Terminal’s 100th anniversary celebration, which also included a display of historic full-size train cars.