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Title: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: the Bach-man on August 16, 2015, 11:26:15 PM
Dear All,
As the previous thread has lasted five years(!) I have deleted it as it was obviously using too much space.
You may re-post any recent thoughts you deem necessary.
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 17, 2015, 02:06:58 AM
Always good for a fresh start, that thread was way over 200 pages long so it was time for it to go.

I was just about to post earlier that it looks like that the red coaches are finally shipping based on a post I saw on Bachmann's Facebook page.  Hopefully mine will come in soon too as I do plan on posting pictures when they come in. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Topic
Post by: thomasj219 on August 17, 2015, 04:11:17 PM
Wow! Can't believe it. Five years. Feels like yesterday. Time for a new chapter and some new coaches.... ::) ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on August 17, 2015, 09:08:28 PM
I've been peeking on this forum on and off for a long time. But it wasn't until last year until I've joined :)
Glad to be a part of it.

For the Red Coaches, at last bland-generic coaches :P

This year is a great year for Thomas fans,
-Bachmann Oliver, and Skarloey,.
-S18-19,
-Adventure Begins
-Lost Treasure.
-Arlesdale Engines introduced in the TV Series for the first time,
-Celebrities like Eddie Redmayne and John Hurt joining the voice cast.

I don't think I'll be getting Red Coaches at this time, considering that I've spent alot on my wardrobe. ???


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on August 18, 2015, 02:29:58 PM
they have been. that's what the Bach-man was explaining


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on August 19, 2015, 11:49:45 AM
Not ALL of them, probably the ones from 4-6 years ago would work best.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 19, 2015, 01:37:48 PM
I don't see it as that much of a big deal to be completely honest.  I'll admit that if a lot of the old threads were deleted then nothing would change, and the same could be said if they were kept.  I think it's a decision that should be best left to moderators as they have been responsible for deleting posts, threads, or even member's accounts in the appropriate situation.  

Changing the subject though, the NMRA is coming to my town next week.  I will be there with my model railroad club and I will also have a chance to visit with Bachmann as well as their staff.  If any of the new products are on display, or if there are any surprise announcements, I will be sure to take some pictures and share them with everyone. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on August 21, 2015, 10:59:11 AM
Please do. I always really look forward to that, a sort of half way to the announcements surprise.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on August 21, 2015, 03:58:26 PM
Chaz, will the NMRA reveal the new Bachmann Thomas products that were announced this year by next week? What all will you know by the NMRA?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 21, 2015, 04:27:56 PM
Chaz, will the NMRA reveal the new Bachmann Thomas products that were announced this year by next week? What all will you know by the NMRA?

Whichever products Bachmann announces this year that make it to the NMRA are usually the ones that get released by Christmas, those that are not on display are usually not out til the next year.  At least, this is the consistent pattern that I have noticed when Bachmann displays products at the NMRA.  

And on a completely different note... The Red Coaches!  

(http://puu.sh/jJEyU/5ed8d24a95.jpg)

I am so happy that these finally came in the mail today!  Immediately I opened them and put them on the layout and let them go for a run with a few of my engines.  Yes, they are repaints of Annie and Clarabel, but they are still very impressive even with the new roofs that have been added to them.  Yes, the roofs are black like how they have been in the CG era, but with a repaint the problem is fixable if you are bothered.  Personally I'm going to keep mine the way they are, since the models themselves look stunning as they are.  I'm also really happy that this is the only model range to produce these coaches, and that alone is what makes believe that they will be good sellers!

(http://puu.sh/jJEDr/72034cda33.jpg)

What wins me over the red coaches more than anything else are the details added to the brake coach.  The windows especially get an A in my book, and I really love how these have turned out in the end.

(http://puu.sh/jJEGA/19391e3063.jpg)

The red coaches might be one of the more simple projects we have seen compared to other products announced in the range, but considering the quality these came in they are easily some of my favorite rolling stock to date.  They seem to make up for some of the more disappointing additions like TT #4 or the ice cream wagon.  If you are either a new collector, or even an older Thomas fan, these are highly recommended by me either way and are an absolute must for Thomas modelers.  

They especially look great behind most of the engines too, as they have in the television show.

(http://puu.sh/jJEJS/b28f59bb61.jpg)

(http://puu.sh/jJEOL/6749f840ce.jpg)

(http://puu.sh/jJESh/6f2fba32d2.jpg)

(http://puu.sh/jJEU8/e88728c2d3.jpg)

As long as engines remember to get coupled up to them of course!  

But overall, despite the delay I can honestly say that the red coaches were worth the purchase and I may consider getting another coach for the train.  Bachmann have once again outdone themselves, and with Oliver and Toad on the way, I don't doubt that we will see more great products from them in the near future. :)

Thank you Bachmann!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on August 21, 2015, 05:20:02 PM
So Oliver, Toad, and the narrow gauge stock might be revealed next week? According to the Diesel Works, Oliver, Toad, and the narrow gauge stock are due for a November release, and the Diesel Works is adding them to the Diesel Works website on a pre-order basis in just next month September. So what I've just told you,  do you know that if Oliver, Toad, and the narrow gauge stock will be in display at the NMRA next week?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 21, 2015, 05:48:43 PM
I don't know what will or won't make it on display yet, the NMRA won't be for another week and I won't be able to find out until then.  Like I said, I'll take pictures if I see something noteworthy, if they don't have on display it will be a while before they're out. 

I am confident that the NG stock and new resin buildings will be up.  But I am not sure about Skarloey, the large scale stuff, or Oliver and Toad or anything else yet.  Either way, I'll keep you everyone posted when the times comes. 

To quote the Bach-man: Anticipate! ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: MrBob on August 22, 2015, 04:42:46 AM
They look great, looking forward to getting mine in a few weeks!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JLK2707 on August 23, 2015, 12:30:29 AM
Cool! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on August 23, 2015, 01:36:12 PM
I'm getting 3 composites and 1 brake for Edward.

In other words.
Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure is released on Itunes in the US, August 25th.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on August 24, 2015, 09:24:27 AM
Dear All,
As the previous thread has lasted five years(!) I have deleted it as it was obviously using too much space.
You may re-post any recent thoughts you deem necessary.
Have fun!
the Bach-man
I'd just like to take a moment to appreciate that...the thread that preceded it only lasted about 40-50 pages if I'm not mistaken (?) and it was deleted for devolving into a bickering match, so I would personally like to say good on us (being everyone who posted in the most recently deleted thread), as we maintained it for 5 long years, good job to all involved I say.

I would also like to say the Red Coaches look fantastic by the way. The windows on that brake coach really are amazing, can anyone tell me the differences between the model era Red Coaches and CGI era coaches? As I recall a difference with the roof colouring being mentioned, are there any other key differences?

With kind regards
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: MrBob on August 24, 2015, 04:00:56 PM
the roofs were white and in season 3 (not sure about other seasons) they have double windowless doors on the brake coach

(http://i526.photobucket.com/albums/cc349/mrunsmiley/TTTE%20HO/Red%20Coaches/th_rc_zpspyo3jyfp.jpg) (http://s526.photobucket.com/user/mrunsmiley/media/TTTE%20HO/Red%20Coaches/rc_zpspyo3jyfp.jpg.html)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JLK2707 on August 28, 2015, 09:56:37 AM
I just want to wish you best of luck MrBob! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on August 28, 2015, 12:15:53 PM
the roofs were white and in season 3 (not sure about other seasons) they have double windowless doors on the brake coach

(http://i526.photobucket.com/albums/cc349/mrunsmiley/TTTE%20HO/Red%20Coaches/th_rc_zpspyo3jyfp.jpg) (http://s526.photobucket.com/user/mrunsmiley/media/TTTE%20HO/Red%20Coaches/rc_zpspyo3jyfp.jpg.html)
Ah, thank you for clearing that up :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 28, 2015, 04:07:45 PM
Hello everyone! 

I am here at the show right now and I managed to speak with some representatives from Bachmann (including the Bach-man).  It's only been day one of the show and already I have something to share with everyone... Prototype Skarloey model pics!

(https://i.gyazo.com/c8497457995c9582147eace824e9d0bd.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/26692433b04fa8ab262a2b283312e017.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/931fc4c6ee3877c3a08084a78a81d50f.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/5e674fe7e45b132f27b24e5924853ca2.png)

The Bach-man even let me hold him!


(https://i.gyazo.com/ddfd508a31c50eb08c2024f74525cf65.png)

More pictures from the show coming soon!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on August 28, 2015, 05:06:32 PM
Wow that looks like the size of a the Ertl Skarloey. :o
It would probably be interesting if you brought an Ertl (or Take-n-Play) for a comparison. :P
BTW, any tooling of Oliver, Toad, and even Winston out of curiosity?

Can't Wait for them, but probably should go for the Red Coaches first.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on August 28, 2015, 06:58:23 PM
 :o OMG! Is that Bachmann Skarloey?!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on August 28, 2015, 07:09:42 PM
*tears up* it's beautiful! Any word on a release date?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on August 28, 2015, 08:30:17 PM
(http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/a/a4/RealTalyllyn.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20150605225158)

I think the most interesting part is the models rivets aren't patterend after the CGI model, they're patterned after the real Talyllyn.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 28, 2015, 10:26:17 PM
The funny thing is the Bachmann rep mentioned that there will be more details added to the model too, and of course the paintwork as well!  Today was a great day down at the NMRA, and I had an absolute blast.  Of course, there are only two days left and my club and I will still be there running trains.  Looking forward to more run-ins with Bachmann this weekend.

I am really happy that everyone likes the Skarloey pictures! :)

Regarding the questions though:


BTW, any tooling of Oliver, Toad, and even Winston out of curiosity?

These products are currently delayed and will not be out by 2016.  This is confirmed by a Bachmann representative I spoke with.  

He also said that it is not a safe bet to talk about James being redone in 2017 since things change in production (since this was originally due in 2015 but was put off til later).  I think it is best that it is best to wait until photos of the model itself are revealed to confirm the changes, since revisions usually come in unannounced.  

*tears up* it's beautiful! Any word on a release date?

The release date for Skarloey and the stock December 2015, just in time for Christmas.  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on August 28, 2015, 11:33:40 PM
Chaz, is it possible that you will see Bachmann Oliver, and Bachmann Toad at the NMRA tomorrow, or Sunday? What do you mean released till 2016? You mean late in the year next year?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 29, 2015, 12:26:54 AM
I will not be able to see them at any of the other upcoming shows this weekend.  These are products that will take more time for them to make and will not be released until 2016.  I do not know an exact date for that year but I would assume around the summer of next year since this is generally when delayed products come out.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on August 29, 2015, 12:37:43 AM
2016 right? Not 2017?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on August 29, 2015, 01:28:40 PM
I will not be able to see them at any of the other upcoming shows this weekend.  These are products that will take more time for them to make and will not be released until 2016.  I do not know an exact date for that year but I would assume around the summer of next year since this is generally when delayed products come out.
Chaz, the minimum radius for Skarloey is 11''.  You think he could navigate anything tighter?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 29, 2015, 04:07:08 PM
2016 right? Not 2017?

Yes, Oliver, Toad, and Winston will be out in 2016.

Chaz, the minimum radius for Skarloey is 11''.  You think he could navigate anything tighter?

I just asked the Bach-man this question for you today at the show, and he told me that he can go a 9 3/4 inch radius.

Will upload more pictures tomorrow night. :) 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: MrBob on August 29, 2015, 04:47:38 PM
I'm not really into the narrow gauge stuff but that prototype is very nice


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan1993 on August 30, 2015, 06:24:10 AM
That is one fantastic model of Skarloey, can't wait to see the finished result! By the way, has anyone noticed the new Round Water Tower in the last picture?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: shining time on August 30, 2015, 08:43:18 AM
skarloey looks amazing cant wait for christmas as i will be able to add the n scale track for him


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on August 30, 2015, 02:42:02 PM
Chaz, did Bachmann trains have a Thomas layout, if they do can you post pictures?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on August 30, 2015, 06:06:40 PM
What ever happened to the celebration thomas? Was that there or is it being delayed as well?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 31, 2015, 01:13:44 AM
Well the NMRA just ended today, and I am fairly exhausted.  It took my club well over two hours to clean and pack things up after the show.  But all in all, this past weekend was amazing, it consisted of either running trains or watching trains... doesn't get any better than that.  Each day when I was there I always made a few stops over to the Bachmann booth to chat with both the Bach-man and Doug (a rep you may have seen from different videos in the past).  The representatives from Bachmann are all wonderful, but I found these two to be the nicest out of the bunch.  If Bachmann is ever in town through any hobby shows (such as world's greatest, or ihobby), give Bachmann a visit and I am sure anyone would enjoy a visit with them. :)

Now, I believe I promised everyone some more pictures, and hopefully that will answer any further questions as to what was there and what wasn't.  

(http://puu.sh/jUGV8/020c199217.jpg)

The celebration Thomas was also at the show, it looks a lot better than it does in the illustration in the catalog.  I'd definitely consider it a collector's item more than anything else.  

(http://puu.sh/jUGqj/9ad1720d52.jpg)

Here is a comparison photo of the Celebration Thomas with the Skarloey engineering sample, in case if anyone wanted to know how Thomas and Skarloey looked while near each other.  

(http://puu.sh/jUGo2/11b7dba50a.jpg)

The green mail car was also there too, which I'm sure will be great for anyone who was planning on getting it.  

(http://puu.sh/jUGAY/ce450161d4.jpg)

And yes, the round water tower was there, and I did get a picture of it!  The details such as the chains on this looked great, easily one of the best looking water towers I've seen.  I'm almost tempted to replace the water tower I currently have on my layout for this.  

(http://puu.sh/jUGEO/d86440868f.jpg)

The funny thing is the Skarloey stock uses the same packaging type of style Peco does, in case anyone wanted to see this.  An interesting observation I also find with this is the "14+" on the top right hand corner, as opposed to "8+".

(http://puu.sh/jUGN9/4b697c08b7.jpg)

I got three wagons for my birthday recently, so it was easy for me to pick up on this.  

(http://puu.sh/jUGJW/f01be192f8.jpg)

No Sodor layout was there unfortunately, but there was a nice display of the large scale stuff that was there too.  

Of course this show didn't consist of visiting Bachmann, but my club also had a layout set up there too.  So as a nice treat for everyone who was supportive of the Skarloey photos, here are a few pictures from my club layout you may also enjoy too.

(http://puu.sh/jUH1p/ab3d60b15d.jpg)

The five models that I brought with me to the show... all five from Bachmann. :)

(http://puu.sh/jUH7q/69f3603fee.jpg)

Hauling coal cars was tough work for this little engine!

(http://puu.sh/jUHfG/a2f605fb50.jpg)

My 4-4-0 stopped at the station, easily one of my favorite engines to take to shows!

(http://puu.sh/jUHij/101bfad867.jpg)

Thomas enjoys a run at the countryside with Annie and Clarabel.

(http://puu.sh/jUHmn/f34267970e.jpg)

Duck is enjoying the harbor on our layout... and yes that is real water!  You'd be surprised how many people were shocked once they found that one out.

(http://puu.sh/jUHqh/0d496f4374.jpg)

My friend wanted me to run his big boy on our layout, and that one managed to haul a long line of freight cars.  I don't think Thomas appreciated the attention it got.  

(http://puu.sh/jUHsX/51d6118c8d.jpg)

A train one of the other members made to represent the polar express!

(http://puu.sh/jUHwm/075a432ca0.jpg)

And of course one of our switchers who would bring candy to any of the visitors to our layout.  

(http://puu.sh/jUGvZ/bddc849ee9.jpg)

And to wrap up these photos, here are some souvenirs I picked up... a new building from Woodland Scenics and a Speed-Activated Sound Thomas from Doug!  A thank you card will be sent soon!  

All in all, it was an amazing weekend and I do hope something like this can be repeated very soon!  Great show, and thank you Bachmann!  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on August 31, 2015, 02:07:47 AM
Thank you for sharing these pictures with us Chaz. I have to say, I find these pictures of the new Bachmann Thomas products very, very interesting. I think some of these products look a lot better than they do in their item listing pictures such as "Celebration Thomas", "Green Mail Car", and the "Round Water Tower". I found it really interesting for what packaging that Bachmann is going to use for the narrow gauge products. I know that Skarloey is not finished yet, but so far he looks phenomenal. I was surprised for how big they made Skarloey compared to Thomas. Thank you for sharing that with us. Bachmann does a phenomenal job with accuracy. The looks of the model are really accurate to the TV series including the size compared to other characters in the TV Series which I am very pleased, and impressed with. It's too bad that Oliver, and Toad didn't make it to the NMRA. I am really curious as to what they are going to look like especially Oliver, because Hornby Oliver looks pretty good, but Bachmann tends to make products that are a lot better looking that what Hornby makes. I can tell that both Hornby Oliver and Bachmann Oliver are going to be extremely close to each other, because in Oliver's item illustration picture they have the exact same detail except Bachmann Oliver may look a little less detailed and cleaned up more than Hornby Oliver. But I'm really curious as to how much better Bachmann Oliver is going to look compared to Hornby Oliver. Overall, I really appreciate that you took pictures to share these with us.

Thank you very much for sharing these pictures with us.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on August 31, 2015, 03:24:13 AM
Thanks for showing us, Chaz, and happy birthday. :)

Such lovely displays.
I will say that the Celebration Thomas does look better than in the promo illustration. Though, personally, I would of preferred if Bachmann went with his Adventure Begins livery as a symbol to celebrate the 70th anniversary. :P
(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/6/66/TheAdventureBegins160.png/revision/latest?cb=20150729205413)
Or a Black James would of been nice
(http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/8/8b/TheAdventureBegins321.png/revision/latest?cb=20150805093122)
Though I don't have exceptions for them to happen, considering how the movie was announced at the last minute and was poorly marketed. Still was able to rack up sales, however. Thanks to fans helping advertise.

As for the Green Mail Car, the tooling can be an extremely handy kitbash.

Overall, I'm excited for Skarloey, Oliver, and Toad.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: MrBob on August 31, 2015, 05:59:40 AM
Amazing pics looks like you had a good weekend


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 31, 2015, 10:49:06 PM
Thank you everyone for your positive feedback, I am glad to see that everyone liked these pictures too!  Happy to share these with everyone on the forum, it was a great weekend for sure looking back. 

And yes Nykrivas I definitely agree that Thomas and James in the Adventure Begins livery would have been a lot nicer, than the design for the Celebration Thomas.  That being said, I feel this may be a one time thing from Bachmann since they usually haven't made products like this before, and it definitely looks a lot more like a model people would keep on display rather than running around on layouts.  The metallic blue paint is especially what makes me think that. 



Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on September 01, 2015, 09:54:12 AM
Chaz, did the Bachmann mention anything about the square water tower?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on September 01, 2015, 09:16:54 PM
I didn't ask about the square water tower, if it was there I would have taken a picture of it too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on September 11, 2015, 02:20:37 PM
Just a thought.

Does anyone think an HO/OO Winston would be possible? I know there' some that say Winston would only work in LS.
But Bachmann is releasing the Wickham Trolley Cars for their Branchline Range
(http://www.bachmann.co.uk/fp_images/WT010.jpg)
Winston IS a Wickham Trolley.
(http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/5/5f/HenrySpotsTrouble11.png/revision/latest?cb=20150612164216)
Chassis design is almost similar to Winston's.
 
Please give your thoughts  :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on September 11, 2015, 06:55:52 PM
If they did, I doubt Winston's eyes would move because he's so small. But that's just me.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Len on September 12, 2015, 05:38:25 AM
Maybe use a slot car motor & drive line for Winston. Or the mechanism from an E-Z Street sedan on a smaller chassis.

Len


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on September 30, 2015, 12:49:27 AM
Not Thomas-related, but I thought this would be fun to share.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NEwrjQtrKo

REAL Slip Coaches in action. ;D


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on September 30, 2015, 01:08:54 AM
Now that was an interesting video!  I always wanted to see real slip coaches in action and it was great to see that in the video. 

(http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/9/96/DuckandtheSlipCoaches70.png/revision/latest?cb=20150519213655)

It's clear that Duck and the Slip Coaches was clearly one of the most well-received episodes of all time.  It was not only great to see Duck and James' personalities working off with one another, but the fact that we had something that played a role in railway history.  The slip coaches themselves look like characters that came straight from the railway series.  It might be too early to say this, but maybe in the next year or so I can definitely see the slip coaches finding their way to the future prediction lists in the future.  Especially considering how Duck is still one of the most popular sellers in the range.

(http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/5/5f/DuckandtheSlipCoaches75.png/revision/latest?cb=20150519214809)

Even if they just made one of them, that wouldn't stop fans from buying three of them.  At least I know it wouldn't stop me!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on September 30, 2015, 07:01:37 PM
Even if they just made one of them, that wouldn't stop fans from buying three of them.

I think they'd have to make two: one male, and one female, since there are two male Slip Coaches, and one female Slip Coach. Also, am I the only one who keeps think of Alice and Mirabel from the RWS when I see the Slip Coaches?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on September 30, 2015, 08:32:40 PM
I would say it go like this

Slip Coach#1
Slip Coach#2
Slip Coach#3

Considering that no other toy ranges like Wooden Railway and Take-n-Play haven't released them. Bachmann could set a benchmark here, as they would with a Large Scale Henrietta with a face.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on October 14, 2015, 10:16:48 AM
Hello everyone! It's been quite some time since I've made an appearance here! I've been away studying in New York City all summer, and I'm currently on my fall break before I head back. In my spare time at home (resulting from a nasty case of a tonsillitis or a similar infection), I threw this little...teaser...video together. I hope you enjoy it; it was so fun making a video for the first time in forever! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jaFQRP-zqQ


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on October 15, 2015, 08:30:04 PM
I tell you this all the time, but I really love your vids!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on October 30, 2015, 04:24:11 PM
I don't understand what this Disscussion us about. Please explain to me what 'The Everything Thomas Thread' is used for?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on October 30, 2015, 07:14:14 PM
Celebration Thomas and the Mail Car - Green both look fantastic.

I wonder the Narrow Gauge products come in that plastic box and not the usual blister pack. I don't like the red on the Narrow Gauge Box Van - Red. I was hoping it would look like how it to does in the Catalog. Oh, dear.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 31, 2015, 04:21:12 PM
The narrow gauge products will come in a small plastic box just like the Peco range.  They will not be in the standard blister packaging like the other HO Thomas models.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on October 31, 2015, 04:50:45 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #55 By Chaz: Do you know why the Narrow Gauge won't come in the blister packs?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 31, 2015, 05:00:24 PM
Probably has something to do with how the Skarloey stock so far have been Peco repaints, minus the brakepipes. 

Either way, I think it's a good thing that the narrow gauge products are packaged this way as opposed to the blister packaging.  I've taken my peco stock out of their boxes and I can actually reuse them.  I can't say the same for the blister packaging. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 01, 2015, 03:48:23 AM
Does anybody know why Skarleoy's body piece is made of metal and not plastic? I did that a bit odd for a Model Railway Locomotive to be made of metal.

As for Celebration Thomas, he looks fantastic but I think I would prefer it better if he had his paintwork as a metallic light blue, like the prototype picture shows, rather than a darker metallic blue paintwork.

And last but not least, is the Mail Car - Green. I have no faults with the model in this one as it looks perfect. Only thing that I could cogs fe is the name if it. Who has seen a Green Mail Car / Coach before?! I haven't! The colour for the Mail has always been tradionally red, not green, so really this is a Utility Wagon rather than a Mail Car / Coach.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on November 01, 2015, 09:47:02 AM
Has anyone managed to find any reference in the show to the Green 'mail' car? I've never seen one and I don't get why Bachmann would release a totally fictional car that doesn't exist in the TV show.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 01, 2015, 11:30:01 AM
Has anyone managed to find any reference in the show to the Green 'mail' car? I've never seen one and I don't get why Bachmann would release a totally fictional car that doesn't exist in the TV show.

I think the Mail Car - Green is supposed to be a Green Utility Wagon, rather than something the Mail is put in. Bachmann have probably just called it 'Mail Car' for selling purposes to help it sell to the public. I expect calling it  a Mail Car rather a Utility Wagon will make it more attractive to people to buy. This probably what Bachmann was doing hear calling it a Mail Car.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on November 01, 2015, 04:08:01 PM
Does anybody know why Skarleoy's body piece is made of metal and not plastic? I did that a bit odd for a Model Railway Locomotive to be made of metal.

Actually, here in the UK at least, most bodies or running plates are starting to be made of metal - it adds much-needed weight to the models, which helps it grip the track. A model of an engine like Skarloey wouldn't be able to pull anything if it had a plastic-mould body, as it would be too light.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 01, 2015, 04:14:55 PM
Does anybody know why Skarleoy's body piece is made of metal and not plastic? I did that a bit odd for a Model Railway Locomotive to be made of metal.

Actually, here in the UK at least, most bodies or running plates are starting to be made of metal - it adds much-needed weight to the models, which helps it grip the track. A model of an engine like Skarloey wouldn't be able to pull anything if it had a plastic-mould body, as it would be too light.

That's true. I haven't noticed any Locomotives in the UK with bodies made of metal. I guess it will be a bit odd first at first when I get my Bachmann Skarloey it having a metal body. It will feel like my childhood days again, with those die-cast metal ERTL Thomas & Friends trains again!

I hope the paint won't be painted on that it could be easily chipped or scratched. That will annoy me a lot.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 01, 2015, 06:04:04 PM
Chaz, will the NMRA reveal the new Bachmann Thomas products that were announced this year by next week? What all will you know by the NMRA?

Whichever products Bachmann announces this year that make it to the NMRA are usually the ones that get released by Christmas, those that are not on display are usually not out til the next year.  At least, this is the consistent pattern that I have noticed when Bachmann displays products at the NMRA.  

And on a completely different note... The Red Coaches!  

(http://puu.sh/jJEyU/5ed8d24a95.jpg)

I am so happy that these finally came in the mail today!  Immediately I opened them and put them on the layout and let them go for a run with a few of my engines.  Yes, they are repaints of Annie and Clarabel, but they are still very impressive even with the new roofs that have been added to them.  Yes, the roofs are black like how they have been in the CG era, but with a repaint the problem is fixable if you are bothered.  Personally I'm going to keep mine the way they are, since the models themselves look stunning as they are.  I'm also really happy that this is the only model range to produce these coaches, and that alone is what makes believe that they will be good sellers!

(http://puu.sh/jJEDr/72034cda33.jpg)

What wins me over the red coaches more than anything else are the details added to the brake coach.  The windows especially get an A in my book, and I really love how these have turned out in the end.

(http://puu.sh/jJEGA/19391e3063.jpg)

The red coaches might be one of the more simple projects we have seen compared to other products announced in the range, but considering the quality these came in they are easily some of my favorite rolling stock to date.  They seem to make up for some of the more disappointing additions like TT #4 or the ice cream wagon.  If you are either a new collector, or even an older Thomas fan, these are highly recommended by me either way and are an absolute must for Thomas modelers.  

They especially look great behind most of the engines too, as they have in the television show.

(http://puu.sh/jJEJS/b28f59bb61.jpg)

(http://puu.sh/jJEOL/6749f840ce.jpg)

(http://puu.sh/jJESh/6f2fba32d2.jpg)

(http://puu.sh/jJEU8/e88728c2d3.jpg)

As long as engines remember to get coupled up to them of course!  

But overall, despite the delay I can honestly say that the red coaches were worth the purchase and I may consider getting another coach for the train.  Bachmann have once again outdone themselves, and with Oliver and Toad on the way, I don't doubt that we will see more great products from them in the near future. :)

Thank you Bachmann!

I take it these pictures are supposed to be of the Red Coaches. Why won't these images display the picture for me? All it displays is a black out line if the image. I am interested in seeing them, as my Red Coaches have not been delivered yet.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 01, 2015, 06:09:52 PM
Does anybody know why Skarleoy's body piece is made of metal and not plastic? I did that a bit odd for a Model Railway Locomotive to be made of metal.

Actually, here in the UK at least, most bodies or running plates are starting to be made of metal - it adds much-needed weight to the models, which helps it grip the track. A model of an engine like Skarloey wouldn't be able to pull anything if it had a plastic-mould body, as it would be too light.

That's true. I haven't noticed any Locomotives in the UK with bodies made of metal. I guess it will be a bit odd first at first when I get my Bachmann Skarloey it having a metal body. It will feel like my childhood days again, with those die-cast metal ERTL Thomas & Friends trains again!

I hope the paint won't be painted on that it could be easily chipped or scratched. That will annoy me a lot.
I actually own an engine made by a UK company (a 4-4-0 tender engine) with a metal boiler, it gives the locomotive a lot of pulling power, probably more than its prototype (proportionally of course), and its traction tyres and 5-pole help with its immense power. I ran it down at an exhibition and it shocked me, as it was able to pull almost as much as my Bachman Gordon. So I'd say the metal body did make a difference...
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 01, 2015, 06:20:23 PM
Does anybody know why Skarleoy's body piece is made of metal and not plastic? I did that a bit odd for a Model Railway Locomotive to be made of metal.

Actually, here in the UK at least, most bodies or running plates are starting to be made of metal - it adds much-needed weight to the models, which helps it grip the track. A model of an engine like Skarloey wouldn't be able to pull anything if it had a plastic-mould body, as it would be too light.

That's true. I haven't noticed any Locomotives in the UK with bodies made of metal. I guess it will be a bit odd first at first when I get my Bachmann Skarloey it having a metal body. It will feel like my childhood days again, with those die-cast metal ERTL Thomas & Friends trains again!

I hope the paint won't be painted on that it could be easily chipped or scratched. That will annoy me a lot.
I actually own an engine made by a UK company (a 4-4-0 tender engine) with a metal boiler, it gives the locomotive a lot of pulling power, probably more than its prototype (proportionally of course), and its traction tyres and 5-pole help with its immense power. I ran it down at an exhibition and it shocked me, as it was able to pull almost as much as my Bachman Gordon. So I'd say the metal body did make a difference...
~Alex


I will take your word for it Alex, but I am not going out looking to buy a Locomotive with a metal body for the sake of it. I will wait until I can get my hands on Skarloey myself when he gets released and when he comes into stock from the website I get my Bachmann Thomas & Friends items from in UK. I have horrible feeling that Skarloey is going to be very expensive looking at the RRP in US Dollars.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on November 02, 2015, 06:28:48 AM
What has to be remembered is that every model is pretty much put together by hand, and the smaller the detail, the fiddlier the model will be, and so longer will be needed to put it together.

As an example, take a look at this page of a model commissioned by a UK shop. It has a never-ending number of parts and wires, all that need to be put in by hand.
http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge (http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge)

I believe that Skarloey is estimated in the region of £90 here in the UK.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 02, 2015, 08:11:17 AM
What has to be remembered is that every model is pretty much put together by hand, and the smaller the detail, the fiddlier the model will be, and so longer will be needed to put it together.

As an example, take a look at this page of a model commissioned by a UK shop. It has a never-ending number of parts and wires, all that need to be put in by hand.
http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge (http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge)

I believe that Skarloey is estimated in the region of £90 here in the UK.

£90 for Siarloey is too expensive for me. That's a rip off, especially how small he will be.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 02, 2015, 08:24:20 AM
What has to be remembered is that every model is pretty much put together by hand, and the smaller the detail, the fiddlier the model will be, and so longer will be needed to put it together.

As an example, take a look at this page of a model commissioned by a UK shop. It has a never-ending number of parts and wires, all that need to be put in by hand.
http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge (http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge)

I believe that Skarloey is estimated in the region of £90 here in the UK.

£90 for Siarloey is too expensive for me. That's a rip off, especially how small he will be.
It is important to note that many highly detailed N or 009 gauge models (which is what Skarloey will be), sell for prices that are often higher than HO/OO counterparts, this usually due to the fact that N gauge is actually so small it is more costly during production to create toolings than in HO/OO, this is part of the reason why HO/OO is usually the dominant choices for UK, US, Australian and other worldwide buyers, as they tend to be cheaper at a higher detail than N gauge counterparts, and are usually cheaper and take up less room than O gauge counterparts, in the field of model trains it isn't always size that affects cost, I mean Z and TT gauges are often more expensive than HO/OO (again) and are smaller than HO/OO too. What must be remembered about pricing is that companies exist to make profit off of their goods so they can continue to employ their workers and make their goods in the first place. With a die-cast body and the smaller nature of N-gauge, Skarloey would make for a rather expensive production, meaning he will be sold at a higher price to recoup losses and gain profit. I can't honestly claim that I think this is a rip off, all things considered. Expensive, yes. Rip off? No, not to me at least. And the alternative to get a nicely detailed Skarloey railway would be through kit building, which would easily cost much, much more than the RTR model.
Just some thoughts
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 02, 2015, 12:38:59 PM
What has to be remembered is that every model is pretty much put together by hand, and the smaller the detail, the fiddlier the model will be, and so longer will be needed to put it together.

As an example, take a look at this page of a model commissioned by a UK shop. It has a never-ending number of parts and wires, all that need to be put in by hand.
http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge (http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge)

I believe that Skarloey is estimated in the region of £90 here in the UK.

£90 for Siarloey is too expensive for me. That's a rip off, especially how small he will be.
It is important to note that many highly detailed N or 009 gauge models (which is what Skarloey will be), sell for prices that are often higher than HO/OO counterparts, this usually due to the fact that N gauge is actually so small it is more costly during production to create toolings than in HO/OO, this is part of the reason why HO/OO is usually the dominant choices for UK, US, Australian and other worldwide buyers, as they tend to be cheaper at a higher detail than N gauge counterparts, and are usually cheaper and take up less room than O gauge counterparts, in the field of model trains it isn't always size that affects cost, I mean Z and TT gauges are often more expensive than HO/OO (again) and are smaller than HO/OO too. What must be remembered about pricing is that companies exist to make profit off of their goods so they can continue to employ their workers and make their goods in the first place. With a die-cast body and the smaller nature of N-gauge, Skarloey would make for a rather expensive production, meaning he will be sold at a higher price to recoup losses and gain profit. I can't honestly claim that I think this is a rip off, all things considered. Expensive, yes. Rip off? No, not to me at least. And the alternative to get a nicely detailed Skarloey railway would be through kit building, which would easily cost much, much more than the RTR model.
Just some thoughts
~Alex

That is true with the cost of the individual parts involved with the Locomotive, but I still feel £90.00 is still far too step. I could easily go and buy a large Locomotive at around £60.00, so it still too much.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on November 02, 2015, 01:03:55 PM
Size of the locomotive doesn't really determine the price. There's plenty of cheap large scale locomotives close to that price range. The price of an engine is determined by how many resources it takes to make that engine, how many units they've made, and how well they think it will sell. Size has nothing to do with the price of a model trains price; it's the quality.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 02, 2015, 01:15:25 PM
Size of the locomotive doesn't really determine the price. There's plenty of cheap large scale locomotives close to that price range. The price of an engine is determined by how many resources it takes to make that engine, how many units they've made, and how well they think it will sell. Size has nothing to do with the price of a model trains price; it's the quality.

I know that is the quality rather than quantity, but as this stage, I think it problably £20.00 - £30.00 too expensive. I might think differently when I finally get it after it's release.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on November 02, 2015, 08:20:29 PM
Think of it this way:

Look at how small it is. All the parts have to be put on by hand, and the motor etc wired, again by hand. You work in the factory doing this day after day. Because it is so small, it takes longer to put together, as you have less space to fit everything into.

Compare it to N gauge, and it isn't too badly priced; heck, even tank engines here in the UK are creeping up to the 3 Figure price mark.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 02, 2015, 08:57:08 PM
Some of my friends at my club also model in HOn30/OO9, Skarloey himself doesn't seem to be that bad compared to prices for other narrow gauge models in their collections.  His price isn't what I'm worried about in regards to how the Skarloey range will do in sales.  If anything, I think the rolling stock is too expensive since the regular Peco stock is a lot cheaper and even has the extra detail of a brake pipe.  Despite that, I may pick up a couple of the vans to go with Skarloey, but I'm hoping to find them for a cheaper price than what I'm seeing in current shops that offer pre-order. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 03, 2015, 02:35:30 AM
If anything, I think the rolling stock is too expensive since the regular Peco stock is a lot cheaper and even has the extra detail of a brake pipe.  Despite that, I may pick up a couple of the vans to go with Skarloey, but I'm hoping to find them for a cheaper price than what I'm seeing in current shops that offer pre-order. 
I suspect the prices will drop a little after the first year or so...I hope...but I'm not looking to buy into this range immediately, though in all fairness I think with the massive price difference I would go for the Peco stock...with maybe a few exceptions (I'd like to pick up one of the blue vans, it can form a kind of "luggage van", if BACHMANN decides to release the blue/white coaches seen in the earlier seasons of the show...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 03, 2015, 03:23:59 AM
Think of it this way:

Look at how small it is. All the parts have to be put on by hand, and the motor etc wired, again by hand. You work in the factory doing this day after day. Because it is so small, it takes longer to put together, as you have less space to fit everything into.

Compare it to N gauge, and it isn't too badly priced; heck, even tank engines here in the UK are creeping up to the 3 Figure price mark.

How do you it is out together by hand?

I have noticed that.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 03, 2015, 03:25:38 AM
Some of my friends at my club also model in HOn30/OO9, Skarloey himself doesn't seem to be that bad compared to prices for other narrow gauge models in their collections.  His price isn't what I'm worried about in regards to how the Skarloey range will do in sales.  If anything, I think the rolling stock is too expensive since the regular Peco stock is a lot cheaper and even has the extra detail of a brake pipe.  Despite that, I may pick up a couple of the vans to go with Skarloey, but I'm hoping to find them for a cheaper price than what I'm seeing in current shops that offer pre-order. 

What is the price of the Rolling Stock?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 03, 2015, 03:26:51 AM
If anything, I think the rolling stock is too expensive since the regular Peco stock is a lot cheaper and even has the extra detail of a brake pipe.  Despite that, I may pick up a couple of the vans to go with Skarloey, but I'm hoping to find them for a cheaper price than what I'm seeing in current shops that offer pre-order.  
I suspect the prices will drop a little after the first year or so...I hope...but I'm not looking to buy into this range immediately, though in all fairness I think with the massive price difference I would go for the Peco stock...with maybe a few exceptions (I'd like to pick up one of the blue vans, it can form a kind of "luggage van", if BACHMANN decides to release the blue/white coaches seen in the earlier seasons of the show...

I hope the prices does drop, because some people will not be able to afford that sort of money for the products.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 03, 2015, 03:55:57 AM
If anything, I think the rolling stock is too expensive since the regular Peco stock is a lot cheaper and even has the extra detail of a brake pipe.  Despite that, I may pick up a couple of the vans to go with Skarloey, but I'm hoping to find them for a cheaper price than what I'm seeing in current shops that offer pre-order.  
I suspect the prices will drop a little after the first year or so...I hope...but I'm not looking to buy into this range immediately, though in all fairness I think with the massive price difference I would go for the Peco stock...with maybe a few exceptions (I'd like to pick up one of the blue vans, it can form a kind of "luggage van", if BACHMANN decides to release the blue/white coaches seen in the earlier seasons of the show...

I hope the prices does drop, because some people will not be able to afford that sort of money for the products.
Just a piece of advice here, you can go to post a response to a topic and then press the "insert quote" button to add quotes to your response, it saves the trouble of having to quote about three separate posts individually and post three different responses of your own.
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 03, 2015, 04:16:03 AM
If anything, I think the rolling stock is too expensive since the regular Peco stock is a lot cheaper and even has the extra detail of a brake pipe.  Despite that, I may pick up a couple of the vans to go with Skarloey, but I'm hoping to find them for a cheaper price than what I'm seeing in current shops that offer pre-order.  
I suspect the prices will drop a little after the first year or so...I hope...but I'm not looking to buy into this range immediately, though in all fairness I think with the massive price difference I would go for the Peco stock...with maybe a few exceptions (I'd like to pick up one of the blue vans, it can form a kind of "luggage van", if BACHMANN decides to release the blue/white coaches seen in the earlier seasons of the show...

I hope the prices does drop, because some people will not be able to afford that sort of money for the products.
Just a piece of advice here, you can go to post a response to a topic and then press the "insert quote" button to add quotes to your response, it saves the trouble of having to quote about three separate posts individually and post three different responses of your own.
~Alex

OK, thanks Alex. I am still learning with this site!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on November 03, 2015, 06:20:55 AM
How do you it is out together by hand?

Have a look at the pictures and videos at the base of this page; whilst a different model, the same principles apply. Machines are used for printing the decals onto the right place, but ultimately the final assembly is by hand - a machine won't be able to tell if something isn't fitting right.

http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge (http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 03, 2015, 06:49:29 AM
How do you it is out together by hand?

Have a look at the pictures and videos at the base of this page; whilst a different model, the same principles apply. Machines are used for printing the decals onto the right place, but ultimately the final assembly is by hand - a machine won't be able to tell if something isn't fitting right.

http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge (http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge)

OK, I will have a look at that later.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 03, 2015, 12:54:52 PM
How do you it is out together by hand?

Have a look at the pictures and videos at the base of this page; whilst a different model, the same principles apply. Machines are used for printing the decals onto the right place, but ultimately the final assembly is by hand - a machine won't be able to tell if something isn't fitting right.

http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge (http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/109/Adams-LSWR-O2-Steam-Locomotive-OO-Gauge)

I see that some Locomotives are made by hand, but how do you know that Bachmann Skarloey will be built by hand?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 03, 2015, 02:06:23 PM
Sorry for going off topic here.

But..

Can you please stop with muti-posting, quoting almost every single one as whole, and bringing back these threads that are considered outdated? There's nothing wrong with what you're saying. But what you're doing has made the Bachmann Forum a complete mess. It really slowing down the board here. Sorry if I'm sounding aggressive here, but I'm sure alot of people here just like myself are having difficulties using the forums.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 03, 2015, 02:34:05 PM
Sorry for going off topic here.

But..

Can you please stop with muti-posting, quoting almost every single one as whole, and bringing back these threads that are considered outdated? There's nothing wrong with what you're saying. But what you're doing has made the Bachmann Forum a complete mess. It really slowing down the board here. Sorry if I'm sounding aggressive here, but I'm sure alot of people here just like myself are having difficulties using the forums.

Alright, I am sorry. I am just interested in some of these Disscussions. I will leave the Forum if you want me too. I didn't mean to mess it up. I am really sorry.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 03, 2015, 04:51:30 PM
What is the price of the Rolling Stock?

At retail, each of the rolling stock in the narrow gauge range is $63. 

Meanwhile I got 3 Peco wagons online for a little under that price alone at ehattons a few months ago.  :P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 03, 2015, 05:58:24 PM
What is the price of the Rolling Stock?

At retail, each of the rolling stock in the narrow gauge range is $63. 

Meanwhile I got 3 Peco wagons online for a little under that price alone at ehattons a few months ago.  :P

$63 is expensive. I hope they are much cheaper at The Diesel Works than at that price.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 04, 2015, 02:00:04 AM
Follow up on my last post

Ok, I do apologize for sounding like I'm giving a hostile tone.
I'm not telling you or anyone else to leave the forums. I didn't mean to make you feel like that. You're giving a decent conversion, you just need to keep your posts from getting cluttered. Keep them organized, no need to quote unless there's like 2 or 3 posts in between, also only quote the specific sentence and paragraph, and merge your posts into one instead of multi-posting. It's also best to try and keep your posts constructive.
And there's nothing wrong with reviving a couple threads.  But some threads like the Red Coaches, and Ice Cream Wagon have served their purpose because the items are now released, there really would no longer be a need for those type of threads.

The more space you clutter up, the more it slows down the forum.
Hope this helps. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 04, 2015, 03:24:56 AM
OK. I will try not too. Again, I am sorry for what I did.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on November 04, 2015, 02:07:36 PM
http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=258_259_972 (http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=258_259_972)

Skarloey Railway Rolling Stock now Released! available to buy now!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 04, 2015, 02:25:26 PM
http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=258_259_972 (http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=258_259_972)

Skarloey Railway Rolling Stock now Released! available to buy now!

Wow, I wasn't expecting it to come so early!

What I can't understand about this, is that if you buy the Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock now, you have no Locomotive's to pull them, so the four items should be released the same time.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on November 04, 2015, 02:37:12 PM
I know. No doubt Slarloey will be released shortly too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 04, 2015, 03:04:34 PM
That's interesting, at the hobby show it said Skarloey as well as the rolling stock were all going to be out in December. 

By no means am I complaining - hope Skarloey finds his way out early too.  The earlier the better :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on November 04, 2015, 04:41:37 PM
 Wow I'm so excited!!!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 05, 2015, 12:32:51 AM
Considering I've been bedridden since yesterday afternoon (GMT+8 time), this is fantastic news to hear whilst recovering. :D
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 05, 2015, 03:23:21 AM
Considering I've been bedridden since yesterday afternoon (GMT+8 time), this is fantastic news to hear whilst recovering. :D
~Alex

It is fantastic news.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 06, 2015, 02:31:20 PM
Does anyone think it would be a nice idea for Bachmann to get the license to make Thomas & Friends in O scale? It would be better than Lionel, much better.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 06, 2015, 03:05:06 PM
Does anyone think it would be a nice idea for Bachmann to get the license to make Thomas & Friends in O scale? It would be better than Lionel, much better.

We can't have a fourth Gauge choice in Thomas & Frieds in Model Railways. Hornby have OO Gauge, Bachmann have HO Gauge and Large Scale.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 06, 2015, 03:08:00 PM
Does anyone think it would be a nice idea for Bachmann to get the license to make Thomas & Friends in O scale? It would be better than Lionel, much better.

We can't have a fourth Gauge choice in Thomas & Frieds in Model Railways. Hornby have OO Gauge, Bachmann have HO Gauge and Large Scale.

Why not? Lionel made O scale, but not much. In my opinion, the number of Gauge choices doesn't matter. Besides, Bachmann just recently started a Narrow Gauge range.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 06, 2015, 04:28:33 PM
Does anyone think it would be a nice idea for Bachmann to get the license to make Thomas & Friends in O scale? It would be better than Lionel, much better.

We can't have a fourth Gauge choice in Thomas & Frieds in Model Railways. Hornby have OO Gauge, Bachmann have HO Gauge and Large Scale.

Why not? Lionel made O scale, but not much. In my opinion, the number of Gauge choices doesn't matter. Besides, Bachmann just recently started a Narrow Gauge range.

To me it just feels like there are too many Gauges around now. To new people who are wanting to start a new Thomas & Friends Model Railway, the choice of which Gauge to go in to is difficult.

The Narrow Gauge range does not class as a different Gauge, well too me it doesn't anyway, because it only includes the Narrow Gauge characters. For the past 10 years I have had a OO combined HO Gauge layout, and at somepoint next year, I want to plan on building a smaller layout for the Narrow Gauge Railway. You would have a Narrow Gauge Railway as an extra, besides a OO/HO layout is the best thing to do.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 06, 2015, 05:23:56 PM
If Bachmann had the license to make O scale Thomas, at least I'm pretty sure O scale collectors would be interested.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 06, 2015, 05:46:16 PM
If Bachmann had the license to make O scale Thomas, at least I'm pretty sure O scale collectors would be interested.

I agree this O Scale Collectors would be interested, but for new Collectors, it starts to make it a difficult descision of which Gauge they should start collecting in.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on November 06, 2015, 05:58:21 PM
Honestly, (and I've been saying this for years) If Bachmann, or any other company, were to snatch up the O scale copyright, I would LOVE it, instead of producing yet even more Thomas, Percys, James', ect., if they would produce the Narrow Gauge engines.

Reason being: O scale would be the closest to size, for the Narrow Gauge engines against the Large Scale Range.
-Now that Bachmann is making the Narrow Gauge engines, who's to say they wouldn't make a second line of the Narrow Gauge, like how they have 2 scales for the Standard Gauge (HO, and LS).

Long story short, it would be something different, I'd love it, and get them immediately, and it would work out well in theory, imo.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 06, 2015, 06:16:52 PM
Honestly I'm surprised Lionel is still holding onto the license, since they are barely doing anything with their Thomas range.  It wouldn't surprise me if their range were to be phased out anytime soon.  


I agree this O Scale Collectors would be interested, but for new Collectors, it starts to make it a difficult descision of which Gauge they should start collecting in.

I don't think consumers would find that decision "difficult".  Consumers who would want the O gauge products or model O gauge, would want to buy the O gauge products and the same can be said for HO and large scale.  I don't think the number of scales would be a bad thing at all.  If anything it might be a good thing since it allows for more diversity for different consumers to choose from, which I'm sure Bachmann would welcome with open arms if the opportunity were to come their way.  Their O gauge products from Williams are fairly well-known and I think Thomas products in that range would be decent sellers.  Same thing can even be said with Tomix if they were to not have the rights to produce N scale anymore.

Thomas always has been a great stepping stone to help people get into the hobby of model railroading and I think introducing more new ranges can potentially help the hobby grow from there.  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 06, 2015, 06:35:03 PM
Honestly I'm surprised Lionel is still holding onto the license, since they are barely doing anything with their Thomas range.  It wouldn't surprise me if their range were to be phased out anytime soon.  


I agree this O Scale Collectors would be interested, but for new Collectors, it starts to make it a difficult descision of which Gauge they should start collecting in.

I don't think consumers would find that decision "difficult".  Consumers who would want the O gauge products or model O gauge, would want to buy the O gauge products and the same can be said for HO and large scale.  I don't think the number of scales would be a bad thing at all.  If anything it might be a good thing since it allows for more diversity for different consumers to choose from, which I'm sure Bachmann would welcome with open arms if the opportunity were to come their way.  Their O gauge products from Williams are fairly well-known and I think Thomas products in that range would be decent sellers.  Same thing can even be said with Tomix if they were to not have the rights to produce N scale anymore.

Thomas always has been a great stepping stone to help people get into the hobby of model railroading and I think introducing more new ranges can potentially help the hobby grow from there.  

I see what you are saying, but the more Gauge ranges Bachmann produce in their Thomas & Friends range, this means they have more Gauge ranges to concentrate to work on each year, and that means there will be fewer new products released each year in each of the Gauge ranges.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 06, 2015, 06:38:51 PM
Honestly I'm surprised Lionel is still holding onto the license, since they are barely doing anything with their Thomas range.  It wouldn't surprise me if their range were to be phased out anytime soon.  


I agree this O Scale Collectors would be interested, but for new Collectors, it starts to make it a difficult descision of which Gauge they should start collecting in.

I don't think consumers would find that decision "difficult".  Consumers who would want the O gauge products or model O gauge, would want to buy the O gauge products and the same can be said for HO and large scale.  I don't think the number of scales would be a bad thing at all.  If anything it might be a good thing since it allows for more diversity for different consumers to choose from, which I'm sure Bachmann would welcome with open arms if the opportunity were to come their way.  Their O gauge products from Williams are fairly well-known and I think Thomas products in that range would be decent sellers.  Same thing can even be said with Tomix if they were to not have the rights to produce N scale anymore.

Thomas always has been a great stepping stone to help people get into the hobby of model railroading and I think introducing more new ranges can potentially help the hobby grow from there.  

I totally agree with you! Maybe Henry and Gordon are possible in O scale, rather than Large scale.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 06, 2015, 06:40:51 PM
Honestly I'm surprised Lionel is still holding onto the license, since they are barely doing anything with their Thomas range.  It wouldn't surprise me if their range were to be phased out anytime soon.  


I agree this O Scale Collectors would be interested, but for new Collectors, it starts to make it a difficult descision of which Gauge they should start collecting in.

I don't think consumers would find that decision "difficult".  Consumers who would want the O gauge products or model O gauge, would want to buy the O gauge products and the same can be said for HO and large scale.  I don't think the number of scales would be a bad thing at all.  If anything it might be a good thing since it allows for more diversity for different consumers to choose from, which I'm sure Bachmann would welcome with open arms if the opportunity were to come their way.  Their O gauge products from Williams are fairly well-known and I think Thomas products in that range would be decent sellers.  Same thing can even be said with Tomix if they were to not have the rights to produce N scale anymore.

Thomas always has been a great stepping stone to help people get into the hobby of model railroading and I think introducing more new ranges can potentially help the hobby grow from there.  

I totally agree with you! Maybe Henry and Gordon are possible in O scale, rather than Large scale.

Thank you. Maybe they will be.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on November 07, 2015, 12:05:04 AM
Lionel is probably still holding on to the range because they are still making profit off of it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 07, 2015, 05:15:38 AM
Lionel is probably still holding on to the range because they are still making profit off of it.

What is Lionel anyway?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jhanecker2 on November 07, 2015, 09:42:21 AM
Good Morning Mr. Wilson  :   Lionel  is a company that has manufactured "O" gauge  AC powered   Trains in the U.S.  for a large part of the last century  and continues to  do so currently in this .  They currently  also are involved  in "S" scale  through ownership  of the former American Flyer Line (  1/64 scale  ) . At one point in time they also dabbled   in HO scale but that was a good number of  decades ago .   They  are iconic  in the model  railroading  history of the American culture .     John 2 .


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 07, 2015, 10:54:21 AM
Good Morning Mr. Wilson  :   Lionel  is a company that has manufactured "O" gauge  AC powered   Trains in the U.S.  for a large part of the last century  and continues to  do so currently in this .  They currently  also are involved  in "S" scale  through ownership  of the former American Flyer Line (  1/64 scale  ) . At one point in time they also dabbled   in HO scale but that was a good number of  decades ago .   They  are iconic  in the model  railroading  history of the American culture .     John 2 .

Hi John 2,

Oh, right. I will have to look more into Lionel. I haven't heard of it before. Thank you for this information, as I am UK resident, so Lionel clearly is not sold in the UK, so I don't much know about it the manufactuer.

Jacob Wilson.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 07, 2015, 11:59:18 AM
Same thing can even be said with Tomix if they were to not have the rights to produce N scale anymore.
The thing with that is, I've done some looking around on multiple online stores recently and even eBay, and it would seem the stock of Tomix Thomas and Friends engines is drying up, so I'm tempted to think Tomix have essentially terminated manufacturing of the range and the remaining stock is just floating through the market...I did hear a rumour a few years back that they were going to stop making the range, perhaps the rumour was more credible than I once thought...
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 07, 2015, 12:20:38 PM
Same thing can even be said with Tomix if they were to not have the rights to produce N scale anymore.
The thing with that is, I've done some looking around on multiple online stores recently and even eBay, and it would seem the stock of Tomix Thomas and Friends engines is drying up, so I'm tempted to think Tomix have essentially terminated manufacturing of the range and the remaining stock is just floating through the market...I did hear a rumour a few years back that they were going to stop making the range, perhaps the rumour was more credible than I once thought...

Is Tomix another style plastic cheap motorised toy thing for children? Something like Thomas & Friends TrackMaster trains by Fisher-Price?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on November 07, 2015, 12:51:12 PM
Tomix Trains did N gauge Thomas products in Japan since 1998. They have since been discontinued.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 07, 2015, 12:53:07 PM
Same thing can even be said with Tomix if they were to not have the rights to produce N scale anymore.
The thing with that is, I've done some looking around on multiple online stores recently and even eBay, and it would seem the stock of Tomix Thomas and Friends engines is drying up, so I'm tempted to think Tomix have essentially terminated manufacturing of the range and the remaining stock is just floating through the market...I did hear a rumour a few years back that they were going to stop making the range, perhaps the rumour was more credible than I once thought...

Is Tomix another style plastic cheap motorised toy thing for children? Something like Thomas & Friends TrackMaster trains by Fisher-Price?
Tomix mostly produce Japanese trains in N gauge, they make some lovely looking "Shinkansen" Bullet Trains and many more, the "Shinkansen" Bullet Trains are a little "modern era" train design that I absolutely adore, and the Tomix models are lovely, but that's besides the point, anyway they, by the seems of things, used to produce a Thomas range before seemingly retiring it...it did only have Thomas, Henry, James and Percy, some buildings and limited wagons, but the models were excellent quality.
****EDIT****:
Tomix Trains did N gauge Thomas products in Japan since 1998. They have since been discontinued.
Well I guess I was onto something there. Since having a liscence for a range that's completely discontinued is essentially useless, does anyone think they'll give up the liscence to manufacture Thomas in N gauge?
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 07, 2015, 01:00:28 PM
Same thing can even be said with Tomix if they were to not have the rights to produce N scale anymore.
The thing with that is, I've done some looking around on multiple online stores recently and even eBay, and it would seem the stock of Tomix Thomas and Friends engines is drying up, so I'm tempted to think Tomix have essentially terminated manufacturing of the range and the remaining stock is just floating through the market...I did hear a rumour a few years back that they were going to stop making the range, perhaps the rumour was more credible than I once thought...
Is Tomix another style plastic cheap motorised toy thing for children? Something like Thomas & Friends TrackMaster trains by Fisher-Price?
Tomix mostly produce Japanese trains in N gauge, they make some lovely looking "Shinkansen" Bullet Trains and many more, the "Shinkansen" Bullet Trains are a little "modern era" train design that I absolutely adore, and the Tomix models are lovely, but that's besides the point, anyway they, by the seems of things, used to produce a Thomas range before seemingly retiring it...it did only have Thomas, Henry, James and Percy, some buildings and limited wagons, but the models were excellent quality.
****EDIT****:
Tomix Trains did N gauge Thomas products in Japan since 1998. They have since been discontinued.
Well I guess I was onto something there. Since having a liscence for a range that's completely discontinued is essentially useless, does anyone think they'll give up the liscence to manufacture Thomas in N gauge?

Not another Gauge and Manufacturer. I think N Gauge for a Thomas & Friends Model Railway range is too small, especially for children. I think it is a silly Gauge really for Thomas & Friends. So, we have:

Bachmann - HO, Narrow Gauge, and G Gauges
Hornby - 00 Gauge
Lionel - O Gauge
Tomix - N Gauge


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 07, 2015, 01:05:02 PM
Not another Gauge and Manufacturer. I think N Gauge for a Thomas & Friends Model Railway range is too small, especially for children. I think it is a silly Gauge really for Thomas & Friends. So, we have:
Bachmann - HO, Narrrow Gauge G and Gauges
Hornby - 00 Gauge
Lionel - O Gauge
Tomix - N Gauge
Correct, another manufacturer and gauge, and I more so think the Tomix range was more enjoyed by the older audience, and just thought you may like to know (for interests sake), that Lionel used to produce a G gauge Thomas and James, each with a set of different facial expressions, I think this was in the late 1990's before they either lost the liscence, retired the range or both, not 100% sure on the exact details, but I know the range existed

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 07, 2015, 01:14:06 PM
Not another Gauge and Manufacturer. I think N Gauge for a Thomas & Friends Model Railway range is too small, especially for children. I think it is a silly Gauge really for Thomas & Friends. So, we have:
Bachmann - HO, Narrrow Gauge G and Gauges
Hornby - 00 Gauge
Lionel - O Gauge
Tomix - N Gauge
Correct, another manufacturer and gauge, and I more so think the Tomix range was more enjoyed by the older audience, and just thought you may like to know (for interests sake), that Lionel used to produce a G gauge Thomas and James, each with a set of different facial expressions, I think this was in the late 1990's before they either lost the liscence, retired the range or both, not 100% sure on the exact details, but I know the range existed

~Alex

Thank you.

Sounds good. It does not appear that Tomix released many Locomotives then, which is odd if it was popular. Did the Tomix range ever to the UK? I can't ever remember seeing it in any Model Shops anywhere.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 07, 2015, 01:31:36 PM
I'm not sure if Tomix's range was ever very popular but I know there certainly was, and still is a market for it, I'm sure if they'd just released a few more engines and wagons they would have certainly had more people buy into their range. And I believe some may have made it into the UK, but probably only in small numbers, I used to see the odd couple of them appear in model train stores here in Australia...it's a bit of a shame really, as I believe that could have really been a wise choice for Tomix if they stuck by it...oh well I guess...I'm sure it would have been more popular with more available choice...
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 07, 2015, 01:42:38 PM
I'm not sure if Tomix's range was ever very popular but I know there certainly was, and still is a market for it, I'm sure if they'd just released a few more engines and wagons they would have certainly had more people buy into their range. And I believe some may have made it into the UK, but probably only in small numbers, I used to see the odd couple of them appear in model train stores here in Australia...it's a bit of a shame really, as I believe that could have really been a wise choice for Tomix if they stuck by it...oh well I guess...I'm sure it would have been more popular with more available choice...
~Alex

I guess they would have been if they released more Locimotives. I expect it was very expensive making nicely detailed Thomas & Friends Locomotives in N Gauge. I imagine it was all very difficult to manufacture as well.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 07, 2015, 03:31:21 PM
Personally I'd be a lot happier with a new N scale Thomas range over O gauge personally.  I used to model in N and I still have all of my Tomix models in storage somewhere.  Unlike Lionel I am fairly confident that we won't see any Tomix products from that range anytime soon, despite Gordon and Edward being announced but never making it in production.  It's in some ways more likely than an O gauge range too since even though Lionel hasn't introduced too many new products, they are still holding onto the license and still making the products that are currently in their catalog.  As far as I'm aware, Tomix hasn't done this for a long time, hence why the products from that range are so expensive and hard to find on eBay.  It wouldn't surprise me if Tomix didn't have that license anymore and kept quiet about it.

Not another Gauge and Manufacturer. I think N Gauge for a Thomas & Friends Model Railway range is too small, especially for children. I think it is a silly Gauge really for Thomas & Friends.

Like I said earlier, the hobby of model-railroading isn't strictly for children, even their Thomas range.  Tomix produced the models in Japan, and N scale products are a lot more popular over there than they are in the US and UK, despite some of the N scale products selling in both of those areas.  Some products never made it to either of those locations, including Percy. 

Hopefully one day we can see an N scale range as I said before it will be a great stepping stone for people to get into the hobby.  The HO, large scale, and even the narrow gauge range are all encouraging people to get into the hobby! 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 07, 2015, 03:41:43 PM
I hope one day, Bachmann would get the license to make Thomas products in Williams O scale. We may only get one engine a year, but still would be neat. Obviously, they would start with Thomas, Percy, and James. Maybe Gordon and Henry are possible in this scale. Eventually, they would also make Toby, Emily, Bill & Ben, Mavis, Edward, etc.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 07, 2015, 03:44:20 PM
Personally I'd be a lot happier with a new N scale Thomas range over O gauge personally.  I used to model in N and I still have all of my Tomix models in storage somewhere.  Unlike Lionel I am fairly confident that we won't see any Tomix products from that range anytime soon, despite Gordon and Edward being announced but never making it in production.  It's in some ways more likely than an O gauge range too since even though Lionel hasn't introduced too many new products, they are still holding onto the license and still making the products that are currently in their catalog.  As far as I'm aware, Tomix hasn't done this for a long time, hence why the products from that range are so expensive and hard to find on eBay.  It wouldn't surprise me if Tomix didn't have that license anymore and kept quiet about it.

Not another Gauge and Manufacturer. I think N Gauge for a Thomas & Friends Model Railway range is too small, especially for children. I think it is a silly Gauge really for Thomas & Friends.

Like I said earlier, the hobby of model-railroading isn't strictly for children, even their Thomas range.  Tomix produced the models in Japan, and N scale products are a lot more popular over there than they are in the US and UK, despite some of the N scale products selling in both of those areas.  Some products never made it to either of those locations, including Percy.  

Hopefully one day we can see an N scale range as I said before it will be a great stepping stone for people to get into the hobby.  The HO, large scale, and even the narrow gauge range are all encouraging people to get into the hobby!  

I know that the Thomas & Friends ranges in Model Railways is not strictly for children, but it helps to get children into the hobby starting with Thomas & Friends Locomotives, Rolling Stock and Buildings to build an Island of Sodor, and then it also gives them more inspiration to go on and build something bigger that could be more realistic as well in the future, as they get older.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 07, 2015, 07:50:39 PM
On a completely different note, the Bachmann Toad is available for preorder at Tower Hobbies and Hobby Linc and both sites say he is shipping in mid-December, at the same time as Skarloey and the stock.  If this is true, hopefully we will be able to see a picture of him soon!  No sign of Oliver, but I do remember that Doug did mention to me that Toad might be out before Oliver since his tooling is available from the mainline range.  Either way, I am surprised that he might be making it out so soon! 

I already placed my order on him. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 07, 2015, 07:58:37 PM
On a completely different note, the Bachmann Toad is available for preorder at Tower Hobbies and Hobby Linc and both sites say he is shipping in mid-December, at the same time as Skarloey and the stock.  If this is true, hopefully we will be able to see a picture of him soon!  No sign of Oliver, but I do remember that Doug did mention to me that Toad might be out before Oliver since his tooling is available from the mainline range.  Either way, I am surprised that he might be making it out so soon! 

I already placed my order on him. :)

I wonder if Bachmann Toad will be based on before the Thomas & Friends TV Series turned into CGI animation, or the current CGI version. I wonder what Toad's Reccommend Retail Price will be.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 07, 2015, 08:14:10 PM
Toad's retail price will be $37, but his price is $25 at HobbyLinc. 

Source: http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/bac/bac77019.htm


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 07, 2015, 08:50:24 PM
Personally I'd be a lot happier with a new N scale Thomas range over O gauge personally.  I used to model in N and I still have all of my Tomix models in storage somewhere.  Unlike Lionel I am fairly confident that we won't see any Tomix products from that range anytime soon, despite Gordon and Edward being announced but never making it in production.  It's in some ways more likely than an O gauge range too since even though Lionel hasn't introduced too many new products, they are still holding onto the license and still making the products that are currently in their catalog.  As far as I'm aware, Tomix hasn't done this for a long time, hence why the products from that range are so expensive and hard to find on eBay.  It wouldn't surprise me if Tomix didn't have that license anymore and kept quiet about it.

Like I said earlier, the hobby of model-railroading isn't strictly for children, even their Thomas range.  Tomix produced the models in Japan, and N scale products are a lot more popular over there than they are in the US and UK, despite some of the N scale products selling in both of those areas.  Some products never made it to either of those locations, including Percy.
Did Percy really never reach the US side of the Pacific and the Atlantic (and the Atlantic for mainland UK)? Because I know I saw one in a local hobby store a few years ago, granted I guess Australia is probably closer to Japan in the Pacific, than mainland US, and also closer to Australia than mainland UK, but I'm still surprised he never made it to the UK or US. It really is a royal shame Tomix dropped the ball on producing Edward and Gordon, many fans would've gotten them in a heartbeat, I may have even gotten the rang if those 2 were in it, possibly to run even on an N scale layout of my own, or down at my local club's (the latter being more likely than the former). Perhaps Tomix did lose the license and that's why they stopped producing (?), but then again I have limited understanding of how licensing works so I could be completely wrong. Here's hoping that another company will pick up the N gauge license for Thomas products now, I'd suggest BACHMANN, but with the Skarloey Railway range being a narrow gauge but designed to run on N gauge tracks, I get the feeling seeing standard gauge engines at the same size could confuse potential buyers for their children or themselves etc. But I am aware that these ranges aren't all about children etc and older fans would have a better understanding of things. But BACHMANN could pick up the liscence to produce standard gauge stock in N gauge, I mean it wouldn't be the first time they surprised us, the Skarloey range itself was a massive shock and I think people were surprised when they started producing in Large Scale too.
Just my two cents though
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 07, 2015, 09:11:05 PM
Did Percy really never reach the US side of the Pacific and the Atlantic, or just the Atlantic for the mainland UK? Because I know I saw one in a local hobby store a few years ago, granted I guess Australia is probably closer to Japan in the Pacific, than mainland US, and also closer to Australia than mainland UK, but I'm still surprised he never made it to the UK or US.


Percy was only released in Japan, but some sites like ebay had him listed and I think some other shops that ordered models from Japan had him before too.  The hobby shop you just mentioned might have been one of them too.  They also never made an English Tomy packaging for Percy like they did for Thomas, James, and Henry.  

Perhaps Tomix did lose the liscence and that's why they stopped producing (?), but then again I have limited understanding of how liscencing works so I could be completely wrong.


That is entirely possible, but I can't say I know for sure unless another company like Bachmann buys the rights and if they did they would keep quiet until they were to announce a new range, much like what they did for large scale.

Here's hoping that another company will pick up the N gauge liscence for Thomas products now, I'd suggest BACHMANN, but with the Skarloey Railway range being a narrow gauge but designed to run on N gauge tracks, I get the feeling seeing standard gauge engines at the same size could confuse potential buyers for their children or themselves etc. But I am aware that these ranges aren't all about children etc and older fans would have a better understanding of things. But BACHMANN could pick up the liscence to produce standard gauge stock in N gauge, I mean it wouldn't be the first time they surprised us, the Skarloey range itself was a massive shock and I think people were surprised when they started producing in Large Scale too.

I personally don't think the Skarloey range would interfere with them producing an N scale range if Bachmann had the rights for making N scale models.  Bachmann even seemed to be very clear from the beginning that the Skarloey models are HO models that run on N scale track (otherwise known as HOe/OO9).  I can't imagine that it would be that complicated for both older and younger fans to figure out if this were to happen.  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 07, 2015, 09:20:08 PM
I personally don't think the Skarloey range would interfere with them producing an N scale range if Bachmann had the rights for making N scale models.  Bachmann even seemed to be very clear from the beginning that the Skarloey models are HO models that run on N scale track (otherwise known as HOe/OO9).  I can't imagine that it would be that complicated for both older and younger fans to figure out if this were to happen.  
Fair enough, I do think I read a while back in the old Everything Thomas Thread that BACHMANN did want to expand into as many other gauges as they could. Do you (or anyone else for that matter, this is an open question) think BACHMANN could pick up the rights to N scale standard gauge stock if Tomix have actually dropped them? Personally I think an N gauge Thomas range would have a lot of potential if BACHMANN were to produce one.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 07, 2015, 10:02:42 PM
I for one would be interested in Bachmann getting the license to produce the Standard Gauge engines in N scale too! Maybe they would get metal bodies like the Narrow Gauge engines, so they could be heavier. Gordon, Henry, and Spencer could be made in that scale for sure.

I don't really care for Chuggington, and I don't wish to see the show, but I think it would be interesting if Bachmann were to have the rights to produce a Chugginton range for N scale as well. The O scale range is limited. The HO scale range did well so far.

Like the Bach-man said before, the Chuggington range does not affect the Thomas range. Just something to go alongside. I think both franchises deserve an N scale range. Hopefully, we'll get a Thomas one.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 08, 2015, 02:43:00 AM
Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying). Thomas is particularly the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, nowadays.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 08, 2015, 02:48:39 AM
Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying).
Honestly, the saddest part about that is I can wholeheartedly agree, the same can actually be said for a lot of hobbies like model trains in all honesty. It's a right shame :/
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 03:18:00 AM
Toad's retail price will be $37, but his price is $25 at HobbyLinc. 

Source: http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/bac/bac77019.htm

Sounds expensive! No surprise there!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 03:22:23 AM
I for one would be interested in Bachmann getting the license to produce the Standard Gauge engines in N scale too! Maybe they would get metal bodies like the Narrow Gauge engines, so they could be heavier. Gordon, Henry, and Spencer could be made in that scale for sure.

I don't really care for Chuggington, and I don't wish to see the show, but I think it would be interesting if Bachmann were to have the rights to produce a Chugginton range for N scale as well. The O scale range is limited. The HO scale range did well so far.

Like the Bach-man said before, the Chuggington range does not affect the Thomas range. Just something to go alongside. I think both franchises deserve an N scale range. Hopefully, we'll get a Thomas one.

There does not appear to be much choice though in the Bachmann Chuggington HO range either. All of the current products where released back in 2013 and that was it. For the Chuggington range to stay popular just like the Thomas & Friends ranges are, some new products need to be released.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 03:26:48 AM
Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying). Thomas is particularly the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, nowadays.


Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying).
Honestly, the saddest part about that is I can wholeheartedly agree, the same can actually be said for a lot of hobbies like model trains in all honesty. It's a right shame :/
~Alex

I wouldn't say that Model Railway interest are dying in the UK. Maybe it is in the USA (I am not sure as I have never been), but I hate to Bachmann, Hornby, etc get shut down!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 08, 2015, 03:44:18 AM
Jacob, just a piece of advice here, sorry if it sounds rude, this is meant to sound polite, but after you quote one post, you can begin writing your post, and then use the "Insert Quote" button, to add extra quotes to one reply, that way you can add more quotes to your post, and it causes less clutter. You can do this by scrolling down from the box where you begin writing your reply.
Just a helpful suggestion.
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 04:14:53 AM
Jacob, just a piece of advice here, sorry if it sounds rude, this is meant to sound polite, but after you quote one post, you can begin writing your post, and then use the "Insert Quote" button, to add extra quotes to one reply, that way you can add more quotes to your post, and it causes less clutter. You can do this by scrolling down from the box where you begin writing your reply.
Just a helpful suggestion.
~Alex

OK, sorry Alex. I hope I haven't offended you in anyway.

Jacob Wilson.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 08, 2015, 05:00:56 AM
Jacob, just a piece of advice here, sorry if it sounds rude, this is meant to sound polite, but after you quote one post, you can begin writing your post, and then use the "Insert Quote" button, to add extra quotes to one reply, that way you can add more quotes to your post, and it causes less clutter. You can do this by scrolling down from the box where you begin writing your reply.
Just a helpful suggestion.
~Alex

OK, sorry Alex. I hope I haven't offended you in anyway.

Jacob Wilson.
Of course you haven't offended me in any way, just trying to be polite and give some advice that prevents the spread of clutter on the forum, as plenty of members don't like too much clutter.

But on a side note, has anyone seen the first episode of "Thomas & Friends: The Hidden Treasure" on YouTube yet? I thought it may be of note because a member of this forum (Calebtrain, and possibly others I may not be aware of) worked on it. It can be viewed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgAYscHrVA8
I just thought members may enjoy it :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 05:28:35 AM
Jacob, just a piece of advice here, sorry if it sounds rude, this is meant to sound polite, but after you quote one post, you can begin writing your post, and then use the "Insert Quote" button, to add extra quotes to one reply, that way you can add more quotes to your post, and it causes less clutter. You can do this by scrolling down from the box where you begin writing your reply.
Just a helpful suggestion.
~Alex

OK, sorry Alex. I hope I haven't offended you in anyway.

Jacob Wilson.
Of course you haven't offended me in any way, just trying to be polite and give some advice that prevents the spread of clutter on the forum, as plenty of members don't like too much clutter.

But on a side note, has anyone seen the first episode of "Thomas & Friends: The Hidden Treasure" on YouTube yet? I thought it may be of note because a member of this forum (Calebtrain, and possibly others I may not be aware of) worked on it. It can be viewed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgAYscHrVA8
I just thought members may enjoy it :)

~Alex

I do not mean to spread clutter everywhere. I am very sorry Alex, and other members who do not like it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 08, 2015, 05:31:28 AM
Jacob, just a piece of advice here, sorry if it sounds rude, this is meant to sound polite, but after you quote one post, you can begin writing your post, and then use the "Insert Quote" button, to add extra quotes to one reply, that way you can add more quotes to your post, and it causes less clutter. You can do this by scrolling down from the box where you begin writing your reply.
Just a helpful suggestion.
~Alex

OK, sorry Alex. I hope I haven't offended you in anyway.

Jacob Wilson.
Of course you haven't offended me in any way, just trying to be polite and give some advice that prevents the spread of clutter on the forum, as plenty of members don't like too much clutter.

But on a side note, has anyone seen the first episode of "Thomas & Friends: The Hidden Treasure" on YouTube yet? I thought it may be of note because a member of this forum (Calebtrain, and possibly others I may not be aware of) worked on it. It can be viewed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgAYscHrVA8
I just thought members may enjoy it :)

~Alex

I Ido nto mean to spread clutter everywhere. I am very sorry Alex, and other members who do not like it.
It's okay :) I'm just trying to be helpful. No need to be so sorry, just something to keep in mind, and again I'm just trying to be helpful :)
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 05:40:10 AM
Jacob, just a piece of advice here, sorry if it sounds rude, this is meant to sound polite, but after you quote one post, you can begin writing your post, and then use the "Insert Quote" button, to add extra quotes to one reply, that way you can add more quotes to your post, and it causes less clutter. You can do this by scrolling down from the box where you begin writing your reply.
Just a helpful suggestion.
~Alex

OK, sorry Alex. I hope I haven't offended you in anyway.

Jacob Wilson.
Of course you haven't offended me in any way, just trying to be polite and give some advice that prevents the spread of clutter on the forum, as plenty of members don't like too much clutter.

But on a side note, has anyone seen the first episode of "Thomas & Friends: The Hidden Treasure" on YouTube yet? I thought it may be of note because a member of this forum (Calebtrain, and possibly others I may not be aware of) worked on it. It can be viewed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgAYscHrVA8
I just thought members may enjoy it :)

~Alex

I Ido nto mean to spread clutter everywhere. I am very sorry Alex, and other members who do not like it.
It's okay :) I'm just trying to be helpful. No need to be so sorry, just something to keep in mind, and again I'm just trying to be helpful :)
~Alex

You are being helpful, Alex. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 08, 2015, 05:53:44 AM
Anyway, back onto the topic of things Thomas; I'm curious as to what people think; if Tomix have dropped the license to produce standard gauge Thomas stock in N gauge, should BACHMANN pick up the license? What are your thoughts and feelings? Would the range be a success? Anything in particular you'd like to mention to do with that?
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 06:08:53 AM
Anyway, back onto the topic of things Thomas; I'm curious as to what people think; if Tomix have dropped the license to produce standard gauge Thomas stock in N gauge, should BACHMANN pick up the license? What are your thoughts and feelings? Would the range be a success? Anything in particular you'd like to mention to do with that?
~Alex

I would be surprised really if Bachmann did pick up on an N Gauge Thomas & Friends range. It would be suited for adults rather than for children, that range would be.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 08, 2015, 12:04:42 PM
I would love Bachmann getting the license to produce the Standard Gauge engines in N scale. We may still only get one engine a year. Hopefully, they can start out with three engines, being Thomas, Percy, and James, just like HO scale. All the engines should be CGI style, like Large scale. Maybe, they can have metal bodies for added weight, like the Narrow Gauge engines.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on November 08, 2015, 02:59:50 PM
Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying). Thomas is particularly the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, nowadays.


Perhaps in the US, but I find this very hard to see in the UK. And as for Thomas being the only thing keeping it alive? Hornby have not sold and TTTE models for several years, and the Bachmann ones are only available online as they don't have the UK licence. I'd be interested to know where you get your opinions from.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 08, 2015, 03:58:37 PM
Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying). Thomas is particularly the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, nowadays.


Speaking as someone who is a member of an active model railroad club as well as being an active participant at the NMRA, I don't think model trains is a "diminished/dying hobby" at all.  Thomas is great for helping people get into the hobby, but it's definitely not the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, that's a little bit of an exaggeration.  If it was a dying hobby, different model ranges, including Bachmann would not be continuing to produce models, and that includes Thomas models.  Train shows would also be a lot less crowded too, which from where I have been standing, and every train show I have always been helping out with has always been packed with people who love the hobby and have or willing to become invested too. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 04:14:23 PM
Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying). Thomas is particularly the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, nowadays.


Perhaps in the US, but I find this very hard to see in the UK. And as for Thomas being the only thing keeping it alive? Hornby have not sold and TTTE models for several years, and the Bachmann ones are only available online as they don't have the UK licence. I'd be interested to know where you get your opinions from.

The reason why back in 2012 was the last time Hornby made a good profit on the Thomas & Friends range, is because they do not release new products often enough. Bachmann make a good profit because they release new products yearly. If Hornby did the same, then they wouldn't have discontinued the range last year (2014), and put the Thomas & Friends range into review.

Hornby have though announced, there will be more releases in 2016 in the Hornby Thomas & Friends range, so if there are, fingers crossed the products will be brand new products and not a load of re-releases like they are doing this year (2015).


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 08, 2015, 04:16:59 PM
Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying). Thomas is particularly the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, nowadays.


Speaking as someone who is a member of an active model railroad club as well as being an active participant at the NMRA, I don't think model trains is a "diminished/dying hobby" at all.  Thomas is great for helping people get into the hobby, but it's definitely not the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, that's a little bit of an exaggeration.  If it was a dying hobby, different model ranges, including Bachmann would not be continuing to produce models, and that includes Thomas models.  Train shows would also be a lot less crowded too, which from where I have been standing, and every train show I have always been helping out with has always been packed with people who love the hobby and have or willing to become invested too. 

I agree, Model Railways are not dying down, and I would be horrified if they ever do.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on November 08, 2015, 08:21:43 PM

Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying). Thomas is particularly the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, nowadays.


The reason why back in 2012 was the last time Hornby made a good profit on the Thomas & Friends range, is because they do not release new products often enough. Bachmann make a good profit because they release new products yearly. If Hornby did the same, then they wouldn't have discontinued the range last year (2014), and put the Thomas & Friends range into review.

Hornby have though announced, there will be more releases in 2016 in the Hornby Thomas & Friends range, so if there are, fingers crossed the products will be brand new products and not a load of re-releases like they are doing this year (2015).

I'm aware of that. I'd still like to know where Nykrivas gets his opinion that Thomas is the only thing keeping our hobby going.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 09, 2015, 02:55:09 AM
I guess it's from the recent train shows I've been to. They've seemed to be a bit lack. I've talked to some of the people running the stalls and they've said the the same thing. Probably last year wasn't a good year in my area. I live in California. It's hard of me not to be cynical at times.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 09, 2015, 03:22:06 AM
I guess it's from the recent train shows I've been to. They've seemed to be a bit lack. I've talked to some of the people running the stalls and they've said the the same thing. Probably last year wasn't a good year in my area. I live in California. It's hard of me not to be cynical at times.
I've seen similar things unfortunately, also my local model railway club, which I am a ember of is having (financially anyway) one of its worst years on record. There's a huge train show here in Perth that they used to run every year, but now may only be run once every two years because it doesn't make as much money as it used to. So I may be with Nykrivas, to an extent, in the cynical department. Aside from this though, back on topic (even though this is only really slightly off topic to begin with). To anyone who saw Skarloey's prototype earlier this year or has good images of it, is the face CGI or model era? And what of the bodywork too, for that matter?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 09, 2015, 03:46:43 AM

Model trains is a diminished hobby (if not, dying). Thomas is particularly the only thing that's keeping the interest alive, nowadays.


The reason why back in 2012 was the last time Hornby made a good profit on the Thomas & Friends range, is because they do not release new products often enough. Bachmann make a good profit because they release new products yearly. If Hornby did the same, then they wouldn't have discontinued the range last year (2014), and put the Thomas & Friends range into review.

Hornby have though announced, there will be more releases in 2016 in the Hornby Thomas & Friends range, so if there are, fingers crossed the products will be brand new products and not a load of re-releases like they are doing this year (2015).

I'm aware of that. I'd still like to know where Nykrivas gets his opinion that Thomas is the only thing keeping our hobby going.

Thomas & Friends is not the only thing keeping our hobby going. The other ranges from Bachmann, Hornby, etc, are just as popular.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 09, 2015, 03:52:01 AM
I guess it's from the recent train shows I've been to. They've seemed to be a bit lack. I've talked to some of the people running the stalls and they've said the the same thing. Probably last year wasn't a good year in my area. I live in California. It's hard of me not to be cynical at times.
I've seen similar things unfortunately, also my local model railway club, which I am a ember of is having (financially anyway) one of its worst years on record. There's a huge train show here in Perth that they used to run every year, but now may only be run once every two years because it doesn't make as much money as it used to. So I may be with Nykrivas, to an extent, in the cynical department. Aside from this though, back on topic (even though this is only really slightly off topic to begin with). To anyone who saw Skarloey's prototype earlier this year or has good images of it, is the face CGI or model era? And what of the bodywork too, for that matter?

I agree, it will be nice to know what Skarloey's face will be. I would prefer it from the model era myself, rather than from the CGI Animation.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 09, 2015, 04:14:57 AM
I guess it's from the recent train shows I've been to. They've seemed to be a bit lack. I've talked to some of the people running the stalls and they've said the the same thing. Probably last year wasn't a good year in my area. I live in California. It's hard of me not to be cynical at times.
I've seen similar things unfortunately, also my local model railway club, which I am a ember of is having (financially anyway) one of its worst years on record. There's a huge train show here in Perth that they used to run every year, but now may only be run once every two years because it doesn't make as much money as it used to. So I may be with Nykrivas, to an extent, in the cynical department.

I honestly disagree with both of you on the idea that the hobby of model trains is "dying" when it clearly isn't.  If it were, Bachmann and other ranges wouldn't be making anymore models, and there would be a lot less train shows in other areas.  It might be weaker in your areas, but from what I'm seeing from shows in my area as well as other train show videos I've seen online, they seem to be still be going on strong.  Even my dad went to a train show in Italy this summer and he said it was very packed over there too.  I personally think the key difference here could just be a location issue or maybe even a timing issue, but to say that the hobby as a whole is "dying" really is an exaggeration.  

To anyone who saw Skarloey's prototype earlier this year or has good images of it, is the face CGI or model era? And what of the bodywork too, for that matter?

Skarloey will have a CGI face, and the body work is mostly based on CGI too with the rivet patterns matching the real Talyllyn.  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 09, 2015, 04:32:16 AM
I guess it's from the recent train shows I've been to. They've seemed to be a bit lack. I've talked to some of the people running the stalls and they've said the the same thing. Probably last year wasn't a good year in my area. I live in California. It's hard of me not to be cynical at times.
I've seen similar things unfortunately, also my local model railway club, which I am a ember of is having (financially anyway) one of its worst years on record. There's a huge train show here in Perth that they used to run every year, but now may only be run once every two years because it doesn't make as much money as it used to. So I may be with Nykrivas, to an extent, in the cynical department.

I honestly disagree with both of you on the idea that the hobby of model trains is "dying" when it clearly isn't.  If it were, Bachmann and other ranges wouldn't be making anymore models, and there would be a lot less train shows in other areas.  It might be weaker in your areas, but from what I'm seeing from shows in my area as well as other train show videos I've seen online, they seem to be still be going on strong.  Even my dad went to a train show in Italy this summer and he said it was very packed over there too.  I personally think the key difference here could just be a location issue or maybe even a timing issue, but to say that the hobby as a whole is "dying" really is an exaggeration.  

To anyone who saw Skarloey's prototype earlier this year or has good images of it, is the face CGI or model era? And what of the bodywork too, for that matter?

Skarloey will have a CGI face, and the body work is mostly based on CGI too with the rivet patterns matching the real Talyllyn.  

I agree, Model Railway's are not dying. Last year, I went to the The Warley National Model Railway Exhibition which is a very popular yearly Model Railway Exhibition in Birmingham at The NEC in the UK, and inside you could hardly move with people. Before the doors opened, people where almost standing on each other on massive queues, and it was the same story inside. I am going again to this years which is in about 2 or 3 weeks time! I can't wait!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 09, 2015, 03:59:32 PM
I would love Bachmann getting the license to produce the Standard Gauge engines in N scale. We may still only get one engine a year. Hopefully, they can start out with three engines, being Thomas, Percy, and James, just like HO scale. All the engines should be CGI style, like Large scale. Maybe, they can have metal bodies for added weight, like the Narrow Gauge engines.

What do you think of this? Also, new thread:
http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,30977.new.html#new

I'm always nervous when I start new threads.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 09, 2015, 04:20:06 PM
I would love Bachmann getting the license to produce the Standard Gauge engines in N scale. We may still only get one engine a year. Hopefully, they can start out with three engines, being Thomas, Percy, and James, just like HO scale. All the engines should be CGI style, like Large scale. Maybe, they can have metal bodies for added weight, like the Narrow Gauge engines.

What do you think of this? Also, new thread:
http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,30977.new.html#new

I'm always nervous when I start new threads.

Don't be nervous. I was thinking just a few hours that the Disscussion about new Bachmann Thomas & Friends Gauges was causing a bit of a stir, so it should have it's own Disscusssion thread, and is not cluttering up other Discussions that are about other topics and making them look messy and confusing for other Users.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 09, 2015, 06:59:37 PM
Follow up on my last post.
I guess I was just being cynical. But at the same time, I've been debating myself whether I should quit my Thomas interest. But it seems that I can't get rid of something that's been cemented in me.

Moving on now. I don't know what the big deal is with Skarloey having a CGI face, or being based off his CGI render. His CGI face is hardly different and I think his CGI render is beautifully designed with all those extra details.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 09, 2015, 07:06:14 PM
Follow up on my last post.
I guess I was just being cynical. But at the same time, I've been debating myself whether I should quit my Thomas interest. But it seems that I can't get rid of something that's been cemented in me.

Moving on now. I don't know what the big deal is with Skarloey having a CGI face, or being based off his CGI render. His CGI face is hardly different and I think his CGI render is beautifully designed with all those extra details.

I don't think I will ever give up my Thomas interest.

It does matter, because it is do with the style Skarloey will look like. Skarloey looking like the classic model Seroes would be better.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 09, 2015, 09:05:04 PM
Personally I'm happy enough that Bachmann made Skarloey altogether, regardless of design and face choice. 

I think because of the Bachmann Skarloey's design and how detailed it is, it will not only be popular with Thomas fans but it will especially be popular with OO9 modelers who want to convert Skarloey into a model of Talyllyn.  Even some of my friends who don't model in Thomas are buying it for that reason alone. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 10, 2015, 12:32:17 AM
Personally I'm happy enough that Bachmann made Skarloey altogether, regardless of design and face choice. 

I think because of the Bachmann Skarloey's design and how detailed it is, it will not only be popular with Thomas fans but it will especially be popular with OO9 modelers who want to convert Skarloey into a model of Talyllyn.  Even some of my friends who don't model in Thomas are buying it for that reason alone. 
I agree, in fact I even believe Talyllyn was just this year repainted into a new colour scheme (or color scheme, if you prefer), that very closely matches the colour of Skarloey, meaning conversion would also now be easier than ever, and I also very much agree on that point, I'm sure OO9 modelers would be ecstatic to have an easy Talyllyn kitbash.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 13, 2015, 03:49:40 PM
For next year in HO scale, we'll most likely get Paxton or Daisy. I'd welcome either.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 13, 2015, 04:18:15 PM
For next year in HO scale, we'll most likely get Paxton or Daisy. I'd welcome either.

I would love to get both of these, especially Dasiy; But how do you know that we will most likely get Daisy and / or Paxton released in 2016?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 13, 2015, 04:26:07 PM
I'm only guessing. Those are the most talked about.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on November 13, 2015, 04:27:52 PM
Paxton has been in the older fans approval for a long time, and he would simply be a repaint of the Diesel tooling.

Daisy returned to the show recently in CGI, she would stick to the Gullane era characters (which the HO range has done so far), and she would be a fairly simple tooling to do.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 13, 2015, 04:45:12 PM
Paxton has been in the older fans approval for a long time, and he would simply be a repaint of the Diesel tooling.

Daisy returned to the show recently in CGI, she would stick to the Gullane era characters (which the HO range has done so far), and she would be a fairly simple tooling to do.

I agree, actually. Paxton would be a repainted version of Diesel, 'Arry and Bert with a different face.

As for Daisy, I expect that the tooling for her would be in the Bachmann Branch-Line (UK), so I am sure Bachmann Trains (USA) would be able to get their hands on it, to release Dasiy!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 14, 2015, 12:53:03 PM
Close up of Skarloey
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTyRoqWWoAAm-ih.jpg)
It looks amazing!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 14, 2015, 12:58:27 PM
Close up of Skarloey
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTyRoqWWoAAm-ih.jpg)
It looks amazing!!!

I agree. Skarloey does look amazing. I can't wait to get him! Is that the final product of how he will look then?


UPDATE: Are there any more picture avilaible of Skarloey?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 14, 2015, 01:19:20 PM
I love seeing a nice closer look of the Bachmann Skarloey, and it's great having a better look at the detail such as the rivets on the bufferbeam and his nameplate.

Looking forward to having him as my first narrow gauge engine next month!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on November 14, 2015, 06:46:02 PM
Nykrivas, where did you get that photo?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTE1945 on November 15, 2015, 12:01:27 AM
Skarloey looks amazing!! Are there any pictures of Oliver and Toad out yet?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 15, 2015, 02:17:14 AM
Skarloey looks amazing!! Are there any pictures of Oliver and Toad out yet?

I would like to see more pictures of the Green Mail Car myself.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 15, 2015, 02:20:50 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTyRoqWWoAAm-ih.jpg)
I like the hand railing near his funnel, but I see they've gone the CGI route on the model, the funnel for example lacks the small gold plate from earlier seasons, and just bulges out slightly where the plate would be, as in the CGI series, and also has a partial black part (don't know what to call it), connecting from the saddle tank to the chassis, something that does not appear on the classic model. The rivets, as pointed out before, are modelled after Tallylyn as opposed to Skarloey, so the model appears to be a cross between the CGI model and real life engine. Not that I'm complaining, I just thought it was worth noting...:)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 15, 2015, 02:52:20 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTyRoqWWoAAm-ih.jpg)
I like the hand railing near his funnel, but I see they've gone the CGI route on the model, the funnel for example lacks the small gold plate from earlier seasons, and just bulges out slightly where the plate would be, as in the CGI series, and also has a partial black part (don't know what to call it), connecting from the saddle tank to the chassis, something that does not appear on the classic model. The rivets, as pointed out before, are modelled after Tallylyn as opposed to Skarloey, so the model appears to be a cross between the CGI model and real life engine. Not that I'm complaining, I just thought it was worth noting...:)

~Alex

I agree, the detailing is nice, but what sort of coupling is that? I haven't come accross anything like that before.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on November 15, 2015, 10:48:02 AM
I don't know what the coupler is called but Peco makes OO-9 scale rolling stock that has the same couplers and the same freight cars as the Thomas ones and some other cars.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on November 15, 2015, 12:05:58 PM
It looks similar to the hook and loop couplers in HO


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 15, 2015, 01:24:03 PM
It looks similar to the hook and loop couplers in HO

Maybe it is the same kind of thing, easy-to-use, but for Narrow Gauge.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on November 15, 2015, 04:22:45 PM
It is the 009 / HOe equivalent, yeah. The Hook/loop on HO models would be too small and fiddly on a model this size.

Skarloey looks amazing; is it me, or is the colour very close to his S4 model colour? Could just be the screen settings on my PC...
Really really cannot wait to get my hands on him. I do hope he is out before Christmas...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 15, 2015, 04:28:08 PM
It is the 009 / HOe equivalent, yeah. The Hook/loop on HO models would be too small and fiddly on a model this size.

Skarloey looks amazing; is it me, or is the colour very close to his S4 model colour? Could just be the screen settings on my PC...
Really really cannot wait to get my hands on him. I do hope he is out before Christmas...

Maybe the Hook-and-Loop Coupling system would be too big to put on a Narrow Gauge Engine and it would look daft as I won't be too scale.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: trains4life on November 18, 2015, 05:25:26 PM
Hey guys, quick question but does anyone know the actual date in December that Skarloey is due for release?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 18, 2015, 05:38:08 PM
Hey guys, quick question but does anyone know the actual date in December that Skarloey is due for release?


I don't think Bachmann give release dates. The products are released when they arrive at the Bachmann warehouse from the factory.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: trains4life on November 18, 2015, 05:53:11 PM
Ah ok. Thanks. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 18, 2015, 05:58:17 PM
Something I noticed earlier was that it appears that the 2016 predictions thread has been deleted, and so has the 2015 announcements thread.  Not sure why these threads were deleted since I would think that they would be more important compared to some of the other threads on the forum.  Regardless, here's what I'll say regarding final thoughts on 2016, to carry on from the earlier discussion.  

I think because Oliver and Winston won't be coming out till next year, I would expect next years announcements to be kept to somewhat of a minimum compared to this year.  Although Daisy or Stepney would be nice, I think Paxton would make the most sense out of anyone else at this point since he'd be a lot more simple for Bachmann to pull off.  He also has a strong following with the older fanbase which will give him an extra push in sales.  He would also make sense to me because when Duck was delayed after he was announced, 'Arry and Bert were announced the year after since they were repaints of Diesel.  Paxton would follow this same pattern since Oliver will be released a year after he was announced.

I have no doubt that the narrow gauge range would do well in regards to next years announcements since Skarloey and the rolling stock will be out next month.  Rheneas seems to be the most obvious to me for the next engine at this point with the range just starting.  Some coaches would also be a nice addition, as I said before I'd expect them to use the Peco tooling.  Personally, I would like to see them invest in new tooling for Skarloey stock, but maybe we'll get luckier in future years as the Skarloey range progresses.  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 18, 2015, 06:42:55 PM
Ah ok. Thanks. :)

That's OK.

Something I noticed earlier was that it appears that the 2016 predictions thread has been deleted, and so has the 2015 announcements thread.  Not sure why these threads were deleted since I would think that they would be more important compared to some of the other threads on the forum.  Regardless, here's what I'll say regarding final thoughts on 2016, to carry on from the earlier discussion.  

I think because Oliver and Winston won't be coming out till next year, I would expect next years announcements to be kept to somewhat of a minimum compared to this year.  Although Daisy or Stepney would be nice, I think Paxton would make the most sense out of anyone else at this point since he'd be a lot more simple for Bachmann to pull off.  He also has a strong following with the older fanbase which will give him an extra push in sales.  He would also make sense to me because when Duck was delayed after he was announced, 'Arry and Bert were announced the year after since they were repaints of Diesel.  Paxton would follow this same pattern since Oliver will be released a year after he was announced.

I have no doubt that the narrow gauge range would do well in regards to next years announcements since Skarloey and the rolling stock will be out next month.  Rheneas seems to be the most obvious to me for the next engine at this point with the range just starting.  Some coaches would also be a nice addition, as I said before I'd expect them to use the Peco tooling.  Personally, I would like to see them invest in new tooling for Skarloey stock, but maybe we'll get luckier in future years as the Skarloey range progresses.  

I agree, actually. I thought there one or two threads missing. The moderators must have done it, but I can't think why.

I agree, that Rheneas is likely to be released in the Bachmann Thomas & Friends Narrow Gauge range for 2016.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 18, 2015, 09:03:13 PM
I think Paxton would make the most sense out of anyone else at this point since he'd be a lot more simple for Bachmann to pull off.

All I can say is that I agree. And I'm sure that if that is the case, Paxton would look great.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 18, 2015, 10:24:25 PM
With the threads deleted, I feel that it's best to start over with everything. Best to wait for the thread with next year anticipation.

Anyway,
I'm gonna personally hold off Skarloey for a bit. Still waiting for Oliver and Toad.
For HO/OO, I think the range could really do for diesels, particularly big ones. Even though they're big, they're simple shapes, just blocks, literally. Daisy for the classic characters would be the best candidate, and Boco when he returns in CGI.
Paxton would be a decent one though, even though he's a repaint, he has been one of my favorite characters coming out of CGI. So I'm good with that. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 18, 2015, 11:54:19 PM
Something I noticed earlier was that it appears that the 2016 predictions thread has been deleted, and so has the 2015 announcements thread.  Not sure why these threads were deleted since I would think that they would be more important compared to some of the other threads on the forum.  Regardless, here's what I'll say regarding final thoughts on 2016, to carry on from the earlier discussion.
Aren't those the threads that were spammed by accounts listing about ten products and more for release at one time, as though they were official announcements? Correct me if I'm wrong of course.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 19, 2015, 01:28:56 AM
Something I noticed earlier was that it appears that the 2016 predictions thread has been deleted, and so has the 2015 announcements thread.  Not sure why these threads were deleted since I would think that they would be more important compared to some of the other threads on the forum.  Regardless, here's what I'll say regarding final thoughts on 2016, to carry on from the earlier discussion.
Aren't those the threads that were spammed by accounts listing about ten products and more for release at one time, as though they were official announcements? Correct me if I'm wrong of course.

~Alex

I was referring to the 2015 announcement thread by InsideTrack where the 2015 announcements were made.  The 2016 thread I was referring to was the one we used before that another user (I think it was Trainfan?) created not long after that.  I don't recall the 2015 announcement thread getting spam, maybe 2016 thread but not to a point where it was worth deleting.  I'm just surprised those were deleted when there are plenty of other threads on the forum that are nowhere near as important or relevant as they were.  But its not a big deal, since we will get announcements for next year in three months.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 19, 2015, 02:41:37 AM
Perhaps they also seemed unnecessary to have around, I guess it is kind of puzzling though...I mean I think we should have a cull of topics from about 4+ years ago, as deleting those wouldn't really change anything. The 2015 and 2016 threads being deleted does confuse me, but I was trying to rationalise it as best I could earlier, I know not for sure why they were deleted. Perhaps a moderator will tell us? :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 19, 2015, 03:17:13 AM
If they think it's necessary then probably, but if not, like I said it's not that big of a deal.  I'm just more confused that they did that more than anything else. 

Anyway, back to the main subject at hand, glad to see that Paxton wouldn't be bad based on what I'm seeing from responses on the forum as well as other users on the forum.  Paxton has also become one of my favorite characters in CGI too, there hasn't been a dull moment with him on the show since he became a more fleshed out as a character in Blue Mountain Mystery.  A very likeable character with minimum effort to make with great potential sales would be one hard for Bachmann to avoid.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 19, 2015, 04:46:28 PM
I think Paxton would make the most sense out of anyone else at this point since he'd be a lot more simple for Bachmann to pull off.

All I can say is that I agree. And I'm sure that if that is the case, Paxton would look great.

With the threads deleted, I feel that it's best to start over with everything. Best to wait for the thread with next year anticipation.

Anyway,
I'm gonna personally hold off Skarloey for a bit. Still waiting for Oliver and Toad.
For HO/OO, I think the range could really do for diesels, particularly big ones. Even though they're big, they're simple shapes, just blocks, literally. Daisy for the classic characters would be the best candidate, and Boco when he returns in CGI.
Paxton would be a decent one though, even though he's a repaint, he has been one of my favorite characters coming out of CGI. So I'm good with that. :)

If they think it's necessary then probably, but if not, like I said it's not that big of a deal.  I'm just more confused that they did that more than anything else.  

Anyway, back to the main subject at hand, glad to see that Paxton wouldn't be bad based on what I'm seeing from responses on the forum as well as other users on the forum.  Paxton has also become one of my favorite characters in CGI too, there hasn't been a dull moment with him on the show since he became a more fleshed out as a character in Blue Mountain Mystery.  A very likeable character with minimum effort to make with great potential sales would be one hard for Bachmann to avoid.

I can see that Bachmann should release Paxton, because he would be popular (This is not the first time Paxton has had big talk like this, to be released on this Forum for 2016), but before Bachmann start releasing newer CGI Engines, I would prefer more Classic Engines to be released. Stepney, Daisy, BoCo, etc would be huge his as well if Bachmann where to release them.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 19, 2015, 06:17:01 PM
Can't argue with you there.  I would much rather see those three over Paxton myself since Stepney is one of my favorite characters who was talked about for some time and BoCo and Daisy would be great for giving the range some larger diesels.  I think Paxton has a better chance to them, but based on sales on Duck and the positive response to Oliver and Skarloey, I think those three characters would be a lot more popular than Paxton in terms of sales and popularity with the older fans. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 19, 2015, 06:26:51 PM
Can't argue with you there.  I would much rather see those three over Paxton myself since Stepney is one of my favorite characters who was talked about for some time and BoCo and Daisy would be great for giving the range some larger diesels.  I think Paxton has a better chance to them, but based on sales on Duck and the positive response to Oliver and Skarloey, I think those three characters would be a lot more popular than Paxton in terms of sales and popularity with the older fans.  

I agree with you there too. Paxton would sell best to both younger and older fans; Where as Stepney, Daisy and BoCo would more likely have popularity with the older fans. I really think these three would be popular; Especially with the response Bachmann had to releasing Duck back in 2013, and the up-coming release of Oliver this year (2015), or in 2016.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 20, 2015, 02:18:11 AM
I wouldn't say that the Classic characters are popular specifically with older fans. Even though I have nostalgia from them. Younger fans enjoy them as much as the older ones. Duck is one of my nephew's favorite characters. He's asking for a Bachmann Duck for Christmas ;) Heck, even in that Thomas Youtube Documentary, some kids said that Oliver and Toad were their favorites.  I've also read on the Thomas FB page about parents saying that Daisy was their child's favorite character.  ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 20, 2015, 04:24:16 AM
I wouldn't say that the Classic characters are popular specifically because of older fans. Even though I have nostalgia from them. Younger fans enjoy them as much as the older ones. Duck is one of my nephew's favorite characters. He's asking for a Bachmann Duck for Christmas ;) Heck, even in that Thomas Youtube Documentary, some kids said that Oliver and Toad were their favorites and were imitating them.  I've also read on the Thomas FB page about parents saying that Daisy was their child's favorite character.  ;)

I know that the younger fans would enjoy the Classic Engines as well as the CGI Engines, but an announcement of Dasiy and BoCo from Bachmann may not excite children today, as they may have seen Dasiy and BoCo, or even heard of them before or they have never seen the Original Classic Episodes before.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 20, 2015, 04:33:28 AM
Daisy's back in CGI.
Andrew Brenner, the current headwriter for the show, used to write magazine stories starring Daisy. So imagine what stories he and his team would have with her.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 20, 2015, 04:42:54 AM
Daisy's back in CGI.
Andrew Brenner, the current headwriter for the show, used to write magazine stories starring Daisy. So imagine what stories he and his team would have with her.

Oh, yeah. I forgot that, but I have not seen any Episodes of Dasiy in CGI yet.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on November 20, 2015, 04:57:08 AM
Daisy returned at the end of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, to run the new Branchline. She will feature more during season 19 onwards I'd say. They won't just bring her back for that one movie.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 20, 2015, 07:08:06 AM
Daisy returned at the end of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, to run the new Branchline. She will feature more during season 19 onwards I'd say. They won't just bring her back for that one movie.

I have not seen Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure yet. It is nice to hear Daisy has returned though.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on November 21, 2015, 03:02:27 AM
She will be seen in season 20, not 19 sorry.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 21, 2015, 05:18:14 AM
She will be seen in season 20, not 19 sorry.

That's OK. I hope Daisy will be in ever Series after that one then.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 25, 2015, 07:53:44 AM
I have a question for users on this board, this is Thomas related, if anyone thinks this is better put in its own topic, I will gladly create one for it, I just thought might stir some constructive and interesting discussion and was better off put here to spare clutter on the board, so without further ado:

Are there any particular characters members would've liked to have seen expanded more on during the show's run? What I mean by this is basically any engine that seemed like it had a lot of potential that was ultimately wasted.

For example: I think Neville, Molly, Hector and Rosie all could've had potential if they'd been given more roles, Molly and Rosie I kind of consider somewhat shameless attempts to appeal to a female demographic, as they only appeared a few times, but with their unique liveries and interesting basis, they would make for good models in HO/OO I think, I just think they weren't utilised correctly. Heck, Molly is a GER-style Claud Hamilton loco, which I believe does not exist in RTR in HO/OO, I know the D16/3 "super Clauds" do as of rather recently, but they are different in a few key areas to the original GER style Clauds, which were apparently very popular among railway enthusiasts, and same can be said for Rosie, granted SR USA dock tanks weren't as popular with enthusiasts, I believe there are 3 in preservation in England (?) correct me if I'm wrong there, and whilst there is a company that produces the American variant, the SR version was heavily modified from its original American counterpart, I'm sure Rosie and Molly would be popular in a kit-bash market for conversion, but to be released they would have needed to have more appearances and not been just one-offs. I believe the Q1 as a rather unique engine could've benefitted Neville as well, but alas he was under utilised in the show, being another one-off character. Same seems to be true of Hector, standing out very much from most Sodor trucks.

I know I am only looking at this from seemingly the perspective of a modeller, but if there is any character you think should've appeared in the show more and had a wasted potential, feel free to post and elaborate. I mainly think these engines were under used and didn't live up to their potential because of all their interesting basis' and paint schemes etc. I didn't exactly care for these engines much as characters, as they were merely one-offs who were hardly seen, but I feel their designs gave them potential, I mean the only real reason I can say I like Rosie is because I like her basis and the pink livery I find actually looks rather nice on it...I know, I'm a strange one...

Am I suggesting BACHMANN make these engines? No, certainly not. Does that mean if they reappeared and gained popularity and lived up to their potential I'd be against models of them? Certainly not. I just am disappointed they did not live up to their potential, and those 4 characters stood out to me.

As this is the Everything Thomas Thread, I thought this post would be quite suitable here, and I am, as ever, curious to the opinions of other members on the subject, those 4 are just the first that come to my mind, but I'd like to know what others think. So which characters do you think didn't live up to their potential in the TVS?

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 25, 2015, 12:50:45 PM
I have a question for users on this board, this is Thomas related, if anyone thinks this is better put in its own topic, I will gladly create one for it, I just thought might stir some constructive and interesting discussion and was better off put here to spare clutter on the board, so without further ado:

Are there any particular characters members would've liked to have seen expanded more on during the show's run? What I mean by this is basically any engine that seemed like it had a lot of potential that was ultimately wasted.

For example: I think Neville, Molly, Hector and Rosie all could've had potential if they'd been given more roles, Molly and Rosie I kind of consider somewhat shameless attempts to appeal to a female demographic, as they only appeared a few times, but with their unique liveries and interesting basis, they would make for good models in HO/OO I think, I just think they weren't utilised correctly. Heck, Molly is a GER-style Claud Hamilton loco, which I believe does not exist in RTR in HO/OO, I know the D16/3 "super Clauds" do as of rather recently, but they are different in a few key areas to the original GER style Clauds, which were apparently very popular among railway enthusiasts, and same can be said for Rosie, granted SR USA dock tanks weren't as popular with enthusiasts, I believe there are 3 in preservation in England (?) correct me if I'm wrong there, and whilst there is a company that produces the American variant, the SR version was heavily modified from its original American counterpart, I'm sure Rosie and Molly would be popular in a kit-bash market for conversion, but to be released they would have needed to have more appearances and not been just one-offs. I believe the Q1 as a rather unique engine could've benefitted Neville as well, but alas he was under utilised in the show, being another one-off character. Same seems to be true of Hector, standing out very much from most Sodor trucks.

I know I am only looking at this from seemingly the perspective of a modeller, but if there is any character you think should've appeared in the show more and had a wasted potential, feel free to post and elaborate. I mainly think these engines were under used and didn't live up to their potential because of all their interesting basis' and paint schemes etc. I didn't exactly care for these engines much as characters, as they were merely one-offs who were hardly seen, but I feel their designs gave them potential, I mean the only real reason I can say I like Rosie is because I like her basis and the pink livery I find actually looks rather nice on it...I know, I'm a strange one...

Am I suggesting BACHMANN make these engines? No, certainly not. Does that mean if they reappeared and gained popularity and lived up to their potential I'd be against models of them? Certainly not. I just am disappointed they did not live up to their potential, and those 4 characters stood out to me.

As this is the Everything Thomas Thread, I thought this post would be quite suitable here, and I am, as ever, curious to the opinions of other members on the subject, those 4 are just the first that come to my mind, but I'd like to know what others think. So which characters do you think didn't live up to their potential in the TVS?

~Alex

I think potential future releases of Bachmann Thomas & Friends Locomotives should have it's own topic, Alex.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on November 25, 2015, 08:00:02 PM
This is the Everything Thomas thread. It's fine here.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 25, 2015, 08:02:36 PM
This is the Everything Thomas thread. It's fine here.

I see what you mean, but this thread after time does get messy and long and it starts talking about several different subjects, so to other readers it gets confusing. It's a difficult thread to understand is this one, as time passes.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 25, 2015, 08:50:41 PM
I think potential future releases of Bachmann Thomas & Friends Locomotives should have it's own topic, Alex.
That wasn't exactly what I was going for, I was more so saying the fact that those engines had potential in the TVS that was ultimately wasted, which is a shame because it also means that any potential they had to become models was ruled out. But the idea was more along the lines of; which characters do members think didn't live up to their potential in the TVS, I just used those 4 as an example because models would be nice, but unless they reappear frequently and can gain large fan bases, I don't see them happening, which to me is a little bit of a shame.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 26, 2015, 01:22:05 AM
I think potential future releases of Bachmann Thomas & Friends Locomotives should have it's own topic, Alex.
That wasn't exactly what I was going for, I was more so saying the fact that those engines had potential in the TVS that was ultimately wasted, which is a shame because it also means that any potential they had to become models was ruled out. But the idea was more along the lines of; which characters do members think didn't live up to their potential in the TVS, I just used those 4 as an example because models would be nice, but unless they reappear frequently and can gain large fan bases, I don't see them happening, which to me is a little bit of a shame.

~Alex

OK, I must have read it too fast or something, I still agree it should have it's own thread though.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 26, 2015, 05:55:28 PM
Sorry for being off-topic, but for all American members on this board, Happy Thanksgiving!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 26, 2015, 06:46:28 PM
Sorry for being off-topic, but for all American members on this board, Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the thread you need for posting a 'Happy Thanksgiving' message to other members: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,31075.0.html/.

I am sorry if I sound rude, but I do not mean too. I am just trying to help members not be off topic in any of the threads. I am just giving you some friendly advice for you, DinoNTrains. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 26, 2015, 06:59:31 PM
It's a holiday close to the hearts of many members of this board, and many members in the Thomas board don't visit other boards very frequently, I'd say it's better to post "Happy Thanksgiving" here and then get straight back on topic as opposed to creating our own topic for it, I mean, the same usually happens around Christmas, Easter, etc except...we usually have more members going off topic to discuss it.

Speaking of Holidays though, does anyone intend on acquiring items from BACHMANN's Thomas range, or maybe other ranges this holiday season?

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on November 26, 2015, 07:35:35 PM
Sorry for being off-topic, but for all American members on this board, Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the thread you need for posting a 'Happy Thanksgiving' message to other members: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,31075.0.html/.

I am sorry if I sound rude, but I do not mean too. I am just trying to help members not be off topic in any of the threads. I am just giving you some friendly advice for you, DinoNTrains. :)
I don't think it's really a big deal worth hounding people down over.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 26, 2015, 07:38:00 PM
Sorry for being off-topic, but for all American members on this board, Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the thread you need for posting a 'Happy Thanksgiving' message to other members: http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,31075.0.html/.

I am sorry if I sound rude, but I do not mean too. I am just trying to help members not be off topic in any of the threads. I am just giving you some friendly advice for you, DinoNTrains. :)

I don't think it's really a big deal worth hounding people down over.

I am not hounding down anybody over.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on November 27, 2015, 01:43:02 AM
You are a bit but it's cool man.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 27, 2015, 04:34:08 AM
It's a holiday close to the hearts of many members of this board, and many members in the Thomas board don't visit other boards very frequently, I'd say it's better to post "Happy Thanksgiving" here and then get straight back on topic as opposed to creating our own topic for it, I mean, the same usually happens around Christmas, Easter, etc except...we usually have more members going off topic to discuss it.

Speaking of Holidays though, does anyone intend on acquiring items from BACHMANN's Thomas range, or maybe other ranges this holiday season?

~Alex

OK, I understand Alex. I did not mean to hurt or upset anybody.

You are a bit but it's cool man.

I honestly with my heart, did not post that to hound anybody down or to hurt anybody's feelings.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on November 27, 2015, 12:16:07 PM
Again ok man, I would say in general to stop taking things posted here so seriously. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 27, 2015, 01:50:13 PM
Again ok man, I would say in general to stop taking things posted here so seriously.  

OK, I am very sorry. I was trying to be helpful.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on November 27, 2015, 06:12:02 PM
And I apologize for starting this bickering. I just thought I could wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving (which I hope everyone did), and I didn't know that there was a thread on the general board for such posts. So, again, sorry for causing an uproar here.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on November 27, 2015, 06:46:35 PM
And I apologize for starting this bickering. I just thought I could wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving (which I hope everyone did), and I didn't know that there was a thread on the general board for such posts. So, again, sorry for causing an uproar here.

No DinoNTrains, you didn't start this bickering; I did. It's my fault. I was just trying to be helpful by posting that link to you, but I didn't realise what I did would cause such a stir with other members. I am sorry for making you feel like you started it, and I am sorry for posting the link to you. I am also very sorry too other members as well, for starting this bickering.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 01, 2015, 03:36:30 AM
Moving on, since there are holidays upcoming for most, and for a lot of people this also means Christmas is around the corner...shall anyone be getting any particular BACHMANN merchandise that they know of? Personally I can't wait to see what Skarloey will look like running around a layout, and same to Oliver and Toad, and a non-Thomas product of BACHMANN's I'm highly anticipating is their ex-LBSCR, BR Black (early emblem) H2 "Atlantic" class.

Also, for those who don't know, a fun fact about the LBSCR (other than they made Thomas' prototype), is that the H2 and H1 classes, were GNR "Large Boiler" C1's with little modification, as the LBSCR were critically short of express passenger engines, but this relates to Thomas, as Henry (in his first shape anyway), was based off a GNR "Atlantic" C1, mixed with and A3 Pacific, an engine like this never really existed in real life, but for those who would like to see what Henry would look like as an Atlantic class, and have the time and resources available, this would be a good starting point, or even a good kitbash to a GNR Atlantic (large boiler), as there wasn't much difference between them. But I digress...

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 01, 2015, 04:04:49 AM
Moving on, since there are holidays upcoming for most, and for a lot of people this also means Christmas is around the corner...shall anyone be getting any particular BACHMANN merchandise that they know of? Personally I can't wait to see what Skarloey will look like running around a layout, and same to Oliver and Toad, and a non-Thomas product of BACHMANN's I'm highly anticipating is their ex-LBSCR, BR Black (early emblem) H2 "Atlantic" class.

Also, for those who don't know, a fun fact about the LBSCR (other than they made Thomas' prototype), is that the H2 and H1 classes, were GNR "Large Boiler" C1's with little modification, as the LBSCR were critically short of express passenger engines, but this relates to Thomas, as Henry (in his first shape anyway), was based off a GNR "Atlantic" C1, mixed with and A3 Pacific, an engine like this never really existed in real life, but for those who would like to see what Henry would look like as an Atlantic class, and have the time and resources available, this would be a good starting point, or even a good kitbash to a GNR Atlantic (large boiler), as there wasn't much difference between them. But I digress...

~Alex

I cannot wait for Skarleoy and the Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock Either. I would love to be able to get them before Christmas time, but seeing as it's the 1st December all ready now, I can't see the supplier who supplies the United Kingdom with the Bachmann Thomas & Friends HO/OO Gauge range, getting them in stock before Christmas. I really do think it will be next year (2016), before I can get them now.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on December 01, 2015, 06:24:02 PM
I'm hoping to get either the Bachmann Overland Limited train set or a new Bachmann Thomas.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 01, 2015, 06:42:49 PM
I'm hoping to get either the Bachmann Overland Limited train set or a new Bachmann Thomas.

The Overland Limited set is great! I highly recommend it.

As for me, I hope to get Salty. I know he's been discontinued individually, but who knows? Maybe Amazon or Ebay have individual models? But also, I hope to get Troublesome Trucks 3 and 4, since i don't have them yet.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 01, 2015, 07:34:31 PM
I'm hoping to get either the Bachmann Overland Limited train set or a new Bachmann Thomas.

The Overland Limited set is great! I highly recommend it.

As for me, I hope to get Salty. I know he's been discontinued individually, but who knows? Maybe Amazon or Ebay have individual models? But also, I hope to get Troublesome Trucks 3 and 4, since i don't have them yet.

What is the Bachmann Overland Limited Train Set?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 01, 2015, 09:00:50 PM
What is the Bachmann Overland Limited Train Set?
A quick google search shows that it's an American 2-8-2 steam locomotive with 9 freight wagons in the set...which isn't really something you see every day. Even though American outline isn't something I collect, I must admit, this set does look interesting, granted I probably won't acquire it, but it does look interesting :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 02, 2015, 06:54:36 AM
What is the Bachmann Overland Limited Train Set?
A quick Google search shows that it's an American 2-8-2 steam locomotive with 9 freight wagons in the set...which isn't really something you see every day. Even though American outline isn't something I collect, I must admit, this set does look interesting, granted I probably won't acquire it, but it does look interesting :)

~Alex

If the Bachmann Overland Limited Train Set is still in production, I can look it up in my Bachmann Trains 2015 Catalogue when I get home.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on December 02, 2015, 07:41:48 PM
A Google search may be a tad faster. On the computer already after all.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 03, 2015, 04:47:35 AM

As for me, I hope to get Salty. I know he's been discontinued individually, but who knows? Maybe Amazon or Ebay have individual models? But also, I hope to get Troublesome Trucks 3 and 4, since i don't have them yet.

There are still a few shops that I've seen that have Salty still in stock, so fortunately you should be able to find him.  My local hobby shop still has him too, but only one left.  I would check Wholesale Trains since they still have him for the cheapest price I've found online.  Compared to some of the other products Bachmann have been discontinued, Salty is one of the easier ones to still find even without his set.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 03, 2015, 12:08:02 PM

As for me, I hope to get Salty. I know he's been discontinued individually, but who knows? Maybe Amazon or eBay have individual models? But also, I hope to get Troublesome Trucks #3 and #4, since I don't have them yet.

There are still a few shops that I've seen that have Salty still in stock, so fortunately you should be able to find him. My local hobby shop still has him too, but only one left. I would check Wholesale Trains since they still have him for the cheapest price I've found online. Compared to some of the other products Bachmann have been discontinued, Salty is one of the easier ones to still find even without his set.

Why has Bachmann Salty been discontinued? I am surprised really as I thought he is one of Bachmann's most popular Thomas & Friends Locomotives. Where Bachmann not selling enough of them? Is that why they have discontinued Salty?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 03, 2015, 05:16:48 PM
Bachmann usually discontinues products for one of two reasons.  One of them is sometimes models become too expensive to produce since prices increase every year for Bachmann.  The other is there could be a lack of sales for said product that would make Bachmann's marketing team not willing to continue to produce the model.  Sometimes it can also be a mix of both.  In Salty's case I would probably say it was the ladder, since compared to engines like Emily, Mavis, and even Bill and Ben, Salty's sales were somewhat minimal.  Even I wasn't interested in picking up Salty until much later after he was released.    

Fortunately, he still has his set available, and it seems that everything aside from the raspberry syrup tank and oval of track are all now only available in that set.  This could potentially increase sales for that set once the Salty model becomes harder to find.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 03, 2015, 06:46:48 PM
Bachmann usually discontinues products for one of two reasons. One of them is sometimes models become too expensive to produce since prices increase every year for Bachmann. The other is there could be a lack of sales for said product that would make Bachmann's marketing team not willing to continue to produce the model. Sometimes it can also be a mix of both. In Salty's case I would probably say it was the ladder, since compared to engines like Emily, Mavis, and even Bill and Ben, Salty's sales were somewhat minimal. Even I wasn't interested in picking up Salty until much later after he was released.    

Fortunately, he still has his set available, and it seems that everything aside from the Raspberry Syrup Tanker and oval of track are all now only available in that set. This could potentially increase sales for that set once the Salty model becomes harder to find.

If Bachmann found Salty was expensive to produce, shouldn't they just put the RRP tag up? At least doing this keeps Salty in production, of even of it does make him too expensive, like he was before he was discontinued.

Also, with Bachmann potentially finding Salty expensive to produce, which could be a reason why he has been discontinued, why wouldn't Salty's Dockside Delivery Train Set be discontinued as well? The price of Salty to produce would cost Bachmann the same, whether he is sold separately or in a Train Set.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 03, 2015, 09:02:54 PM

If Bachmann found Salty was expensive to produce, shouldn't they just put the RRP tag up? At least doing this keeps Salty in production, of even of it does make him too expensive, like he was before he was discontinued.

That's not how production works with Bachmann.  If something is too expensive for them to produce and not as many people are buying the model, why would they bother to keep making it?  If people are also barely buying that particular model, why would Bachmann want to continue to produce it when sales are so minimal?  It would hurt Bachmann's production team if they were doing that.  Bachmann would much rather spend that money on producing a new character in the range that people would buy, like Oliver, rather than just keep making the same products that not that many people would continue to buy.  


Also, with Bachmann potentially finding Salty expensive to produce, which could be a reason why he has been discontinued, why wouldn't Salty's Dockside Delivery Train Set be discontinued as well? The price of Salty to produce would cost Bachmann the same, whether he is sold separately or in a Train Set.

I didn't say that was why Salty specifically would be discontinued, it would more likely be because not that many people bought Salty compared to some of the other models.  Models usually get discontinued for one of the two reasons I mentioned earlier, which in this case would more likely be the Salty model not selling as well compared to the others.  The set is probably still there because some people might still be buying the set, even though sets that have Thomas in it are a lot more popular.  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 04, 2015, 03:30:34 PM

If Bachmann found Salty was expensive to produce, shouldn't they just put the RRP tag up? At least doing this keeps Salty in production, of even of it does make him too expensive, like he was before he was discontinued.

That's not how production works with Bachmann. If something is too expensive for them to produce and not as many people are buying the model, why would they bother to keep making it? If people are also barely buying that particular model, why would Bachmann want to continue to produce it when sales are so minimal? It would hurt Bachmann's production team if they were doing that. Bachmann would much rather spend that money on producing a new character in the range that people would buy, like Oliver, rather than just keep making the same products that not that many people would continue to buy.  


Also, with Bachmann potentially finding Salty expensive to produce, which could be a reason why he has been discontinued, why wouldn't Salty's Dockside Delivery Train Set be discontinued as well? The price of Salty to produce would cost Bachmann the same, whether he is sold separately or in a Train Set.

I didn't say that was why Salty specifically would be discontinued, it would more likely be because not that many people bought Salty compared to some of the other models.  Models usually get discontinued for one of the two reasons I mentioned earlier, which in this case would more likely be the Salty model not selling as well compared to the others. The set is probably still there because some people might still be buying the set, even though sets that have Thomas in it are a lot more popular.  

I see what you are saying, but future collectors who do not have Salty, who might want him, will not be able to get him then in the future.

I know you didn't say it specifically why Salty was discontinued; I continued on as your example as the reason for his discontinuation from Bachmannn.

Off course a Train Set that contains Thomas would be more popular, as it starts you off with the No. 1 Tank Engine and it starts people off with thier collection generally. I am surprised that Salty's Dockside Delivery Trian Set is still in production, whilst Salty sold seperately (58804) has been discontinued.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 08, 2015, 04:54:58 PM
Just found out that Skarloey will be shipping next week via Bachmann sales rep, just in time for Christmas.  The two red vans my dad also ordered are also shipping right now from Hobby Linc.   

Only downside is Toad coming out earlier than 2016 is sadly a false alarm.  But at least his retail price is confirmed and a few other shops are currently accepting orders for him before Oliver.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 08, 2015, 07:04:14 PM
Just found out that Skarloey will be shipping next week via Bachmann sales rep, just in time for Christmas.  The two red vans my dad also ordered are also shipping right now from Hobby Linc.   

Only downside is Toad coming out earlier than 2016 is sadly a false alarm. But at least his retail price is confirmed and a few other shops are currently accepting orders for him before Oliver.

I will be getting Skarloey in the new year (2016) then. Does anybody know when 77018 Mail Car - Green is due for release? This what I am looking forward to the most, until I get time to build my Narrow Gauge layout, then I can start buying Skarloey and the Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock at somepoint, next year (2016).


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 08, 2015, 07:23:41 PM
The green mail car should be out by sometime this month too, I don't know the exact date on that one.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 08, 2015, 07:40:30 PM
The green mail car should be out by sometime this month too, I don't know the exact date on that one.

I will be definatly be getting the Mail Car - Green when it becomes available for UK supplier for the Bachmann Thomas & Friends HO Range. I will be Pre-Ordering x2 of them. I hope it looks as good as the prototype picture!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on December 08, 2015, 09:44:05 PM
Just found out that Skarloey will be shipping next week via Bachmann sales rep, just in time for Christmas.  The two red vans my dad also ordered are also shipping right now from Hobby Linc.   

Only downside is Toad coming out earlier than 2016 is sadly a false alarm.  But at least his retail price is confirmed and a few other shops are currently accepting orders for him before Oliver.

Chaz, how much will toad cost and what hobby stores are going to stick him?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 08, 2015, 10:33:37 PM
Toad's retail price is $37.00.

And I am certain a handful will have him when he is out, but a few shops already have him listed for preorder.  Some include Hobby Linc, Tower Hobbies, and Walthers.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on December 09, 2015, 12:01:40 AM
Is there actually a green mail coach on the show? I have never seen one.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 09, 2015, 07:01:09 AM
Is there actually a green mail coach on the show? I have never seen one.
It can be seen in a few of the classic seasons, albeit heavily weathered, I think I picked up on one in the background of "Pop Goes The Diesel"...if memory serves me correctly...
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 09, 2015, 01:00:32 PM
Is there actually a green mail coach on the show? I have never seen one.

Is there actually a green mail coach on the show? I have never seen one.
It can be seen in a few of the classic seasons, albeit heavily weathered, I think I picked up on one in the background of "Pop Goes The Diesel"...if memory serves me correctly...
~Alex

The Green Mail Coach is in Series 4 Episode 12 Steam Roller. Thomas is pulling it next too Sir Handel who is parked up at the sheds. You have to watch it very carefully to notice it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 10, 2015, 12:24:17 PM
I believe it was a few months ago in the old Everything Thomas topic where I gave some thoughts on "The Adventure Begins" and quickly panned it for not making sense in a few "real life" senses (eg, a fictional hybrid LBSC + SR livery that a shunter like Thomas never would have had), or that it didn't completely stick to the Railway Series or even TV series continuities. As members may recall, I quickly withdrew my comments and promised to give the special a fair go...and how do I view it now...well it's good, and the ending made me tear up a little, but mainly from the realisation that, yes the franchise is now 70 years old, tears of content and some happiness, plus many happy memories of the Railway Series and TV series were behind that.

My honest thoughts are a little jumbled, and in all honesty I admit I care about the continuity too much, retcon is I guess acceptable post-season 7 as many characters seemed to have HUGE personality retcons at that time anyway, so it was nice to see the characters all retained their original personalities for the most part, though granted all but Edward seemed subject to a touch of flanderization, which especially in Gordon's case did irk me slightly, but it wasn't a massive problem for me. My biggest issues really just stem from two areas:
1. Henry, they completely skip over the fact that he was rebuilt, perhaps in this new retcon, his accident happened earlier (?) or maybe they just didn't want children to be confused as to why Henry looked different (I'm assuming the latter, but I'd still like to assume Henry's accident still happens in this new retcon, the episode that episode took place in is one of the many gems from Season 1 that I absolutely adore).
2. "Created by Britt Alcroft" appears in the opening credits, yes I know that is minor, but let's not forget that this was an anniversary special and it still to this day irks me every time I see that in the opening credits.
BUT...I said I would give this special a fair go, and I did enjoy it overall, I completely agree with what members like ThomasJ219 said when they mentioned it was far better quality than most, if not all episodes between seasons 9 and 16 (and in my opinion most episodes post season 6, and a some episodes in season 6 too), so with that said...
My personal favourite addition to the original story in this special is when The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt reprimand both Thomas AND Edward for the events of "Thomas And The Trucks", in neither the Railway Series, nor TV Series was it ever mentioned that Edward received any blame for the events that happened, and given his hand (or buffer I should say ;) ) in the events that happen (whilst unintentional) should still be of concern, the special gets many points for that...and having James in a black livery, I think that was a lovely reference to the Railway Series. I also appreciated the use of the Red coaches on mainline trains instead of all express coaches, but at the same time I find it paradoxical, given the size of Gordon's express now, but regular mainline trains are shortened to only a few coaches long...I'm sorry but that does slightly bother me.
Annie and Clarabel in the yard and as James's coaches for a while was (in my opinion) a wonderful idea, as it fleshes out their personalities and to me at least, adds some slight dimension to their relationship with Thomas, instead of feeling almost like 2D cardboard cut-outs of characters like they can feel A LOT in some episodes.
Whilst some of the foreshadowing in the special is...oh so less than subtle *cough* WOODEN BRAKE BLOCKS *cough* there are moments that I believe allude to "James And The Coaches" (in my opinion, another good episode from Season 1), with James being a little to rough with Annie and Clarabel, I also like that since the Orange/Tan Branchline Coaches were the coaches he had the accident with in that episode in Season 1, and are the same basic paint scheme as Annie and Clarabel (heck in the original episode, the last two coaches WERE Annie and Clarabel, just with their names removed), it seems to much more subtly foreshadow that episode, and it's that kind of more subtle foreshadowing that I enjoy...

Of course, there is much more to the special than this, and I think it serves its purpose well as an anniversary piece, not perfect, but certainly not horrible, in fact rather quite good, at worst it deserves a 7/10, at best, I'd say around a 9/10, possibly even a 10/10, the writing truly is such an improvement and breath of fresh air, I enjoy some of the additions they've made, some of the changes I like and dislike at the same time, some I'm indifferent to. But as I loved the original episodes and stories the special was based off of, it is hard to ignore the fact, that it is a relatively faithful retelling of those stories, without trying to be those stories entirely, and also add something new, along with new depth and creativity, even my two aforementioned irks aren't even all that bad...so I really can't bash it for that, I haven't seen "Sodor's Legend Of The Lost Treasure" and I need to rewatch "Blue Mountain Mystery", but in my opinion, this is not only the best special/movie the Thomas franchise has ever seen, but this is also some of the greatest retelling I think I've ever seen, the writers obviously had a great care for the source material, just like us fans do. It's a great nostalgia trip and I feel it does it's job as the stories we all know and love, with some creative licensing given to its production staff. A special and a half, I cannot recommend it enough, it's not perfect but no special is. I know I fixated on continuity earlier, but I decided to look at it as something new,  a new take on stories that I have always loved, and it made me realise just how stupidly bold and irrational my earlier statements on continuity were...which I must now apologise for even more profusely than I already have, and I cannot thank the writing team enough for one of the best anniversary gifts the TV series could have ever received.
As ever, best wishes;
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on December 15, 2015, 06:23:23 PM
Ah, how nice to be back on the Bachmann Thomas forums again!  ;)

Anyway, I haven't really been on here since the Thomas Wooden Railway bug bit me in August 2014 and I never looked back at Bachmann, but after some thought I have realised my heart belongs to Bachmann :P,  I am rebuilding my collection one engine and rolling stock at a time-- what a struggle! The prices on Amazon are CRAZY! What happened to $12 US for Troublesome Truck #1?

Out of curiosity, where do you all shop for your engines? Amazon obviously is the most convenient for me what with the free two-day shipping and all, but the prices are getting higher and higher and maybe S&H fees and some patience might be worth some lower prices... ::)
-Griffin


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 15, 2015, 06:58:03 PM
Ah, how nice to be back on the Bachmann Thomas forums again!  ;)

Anyway, I haven't really been on here since the Thomas Wooden Railway bug bit me in August 2014 and I never looked back at Bachmann, but after some thought I have realised my heart belongs to these super-TV-accurate model trains  :P, and now I have found once again that Bachmann Thomas has the most appeal to me. I am rebuilding my collection one engine and rolling stock at a time-- what a struggle! The prices on Amazon are CRAZY! What happened to $12 US for Troublesome Truck #1 back in 2012??

Out of curiosity, where do you all shop for your engines? Amazon obviously is the most convenient for me what with the free two-day shipping and all, but the prices are getting higher and higher and maybe S&H fees and some patience might be worth some lower prices... ::)

Anyway, to anyone who cares, yes I am back (what? you left?  ;) ) and ready to dive head-first back into model trains!

-R

P.S.- Wooden Thomas trains chip easily, are way too expensive, and can be more tedious than you might think-- hence why I am back...  ;)

It's nice to have another Thomas & Friends Fan join the Bachmann Forums again.

Just out curiosity and interest, what made you go from Model Railways too Wooden Railway, back to Model Railways again, RyanGNR?

Well, I am United Kingdom resident, so I am only limited to one specific website called The Diesel Works that supplies the UK residents of the Bachmann Thomas & Friends HO Gauge range, as it not currently licensed to be sold in the UK. Of course, there are sites such as eBay I could use, bit postage would be high for me, so I stay away from those prices.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 15, 2015, 07:18:48 PM
The best places for me when I order products are either from modeltrainstuff.com or wholesaletrains.com.  For Skarloey and his stock I would recommend Hobbylinc.com.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 15, 2015, 07:44:32 PM

It's nice to have another Thomas & Friends Fan join the Bachmann Forums again.

Just out curiosity and interest, what made you go from Model Railways too Wooden Railway, back to Model Railways again, RyanGNR?

Well, I am United Kingdom resident, so I am only limited to one specific website called The Diesel Works that supplies the UK residents of the Bachmann Thomas & Friends HO Gauge range, as it not currently licensed to be sold in the UK. Of course, there are sites such as eBay I could use, bit postage would be high for me, so I stay away from those prices.

Kind of a long story but- I received a TWR catalog in the mail by accident and as I was browsing through it I saw some cool stuff, and I had already had a bunch of TWR stuff from storage that I had had since I was a kid, and at that point Bachmann trains and model trains in general were really becoming quite boring, but now as I mature (to the ripe age of 15  ::)) I have found that model trains intrest me more. I am actually contemplating selling my Woodens to fund my new model trains  ;)

That's very intreresting to find sombody go backwards in the quaility of the Thomas & Friends collection.

Here is my background: I am 19, and I had some Wooden Railway stuff when I was very young, but I never got into it. I found it too chunky and rubbish. I always prefered model railways, as my Dad got me into it, at a quite young age. For several years, I had a very small Hornby Thomas & Friends collection, that consisted of Thomas, Percy, Annie, Clarabel, Troublesome Truck 2, Sodor Fuel Tanker and a Brake Van. As my message says on th side, I became a collector of Thomas & Friends in Model Railways back in 2005. Since then, I have spent a ton of money on my collection, and I own almost everything Hornby has ever produced in their Thomas & Friends range. My Bachmann Thomas & Friends collection is smaller, but I have decided to keep collection based mainly off the Hornby range.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on December 16, 2015, 04:00:33 PM
Has anyone noticed that the chassis for the narrow gauge rolling stock is Peco
but the rest of it is bachmann. On the bottom of the chassis it says Peco.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 16, 2015, 04:50:11 PM
Has anyone noticed that the chassis for the narrow gauge rolling stock is Peco
but the rest of it is bachmann. On the bottom of the chassis it says Peco.

Bachamnn Thomas & Friends Narrow Gauge range apparently are PECO products, re-painted by Bachmann for the Thomas & Friends range. PECO has allowed Bachmann to use their tooling for this new range.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on December 21, 2015, 03:19:10 PM
Just something I've been working on while waiting for Skarloey.
(http://i68.tinypic.com/25qw3tf.jpg)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/r70feo.jpg)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8KG6Cnk8d4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVDjaKjkLuE


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 21, 2015, 05:16:03 PM
Just something I've been working on while waiting for Skarloey.
(http://i68.tinypic.com/25qw3tf.jpg)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/r70feo.jpg)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8KG6Cnk8d4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVDjaKjkLuE

You can't fool me Sparks! That's an ERTL Rusty. Several problems with that; It is not too scale and has no motor.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on December 21, 2015, 05:43:34 PM
It's actually a Bandai Plastic Rusty with a Kato motor installed. The TTTE Wikia labels them as Nakayoshi for some reason; http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Nakayoshi


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 21, 2015, 07:06:17 PM
It's actually a Bandai Plastic Rusty with a Kato motor installed. The TTTE Wikia labels them as Nakayoshi for some reason; http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Nakayoshi

Oh, sorry about that. It looks the same as the ERTL one, from the pictures you posted.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 23, 2015, 07:36:11 AM
First of all, that is a very nice looking model Sparks...perhaps a little out of scale but to me anyway, it looks nice. I also like the slate wagons Rusty is pushing, if you don't mind me asking, where did you get them from or alternatively, if they were built yourself, how did you make them? Sorry for asking but I think they look nice :)

Also, I have a question for members who've perhaps done a better job of keeping track (no pun intended) of Thomas and his friends' recent CGI exploits, have the Narrow Gauge Engines really been seen using the kind of open wagon that has been released into Bachmann's range? I don't recall ever having seen it, but it may just have appeared in an episode of some kind I haven't seen. Also if they have been seen, what did they carry? I know two appear in standard gauge in Pop Goes the Diesel, but I don't recall seeing them elsewhere.

If anyone could point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated, as a few Google searches churned up no good results to inform me otherwise.

Thanks to anyone who can help

~Alex :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 23, 2015, 07:55:13 AM
First of all, that is a very nice looking model Sparks...perhaps a little out of scale but to me anyway, it looks nice. I also like the slate wagons Rusty is pushing, if you don't mind me asking, where did you get them from or alternatively, if they were built yourself, how did you make them? Sorry for asking but I think they look nice :)

Also, I have a question for members who've perhaps done a better job of keeping track (no pun intended) of Thomas and his friends' recent CGI exploits, have the Narrow Gauge Engines really been seen using the kind of open wagon that has been released into Bachmann's range? I don't recall ever having seen it, but it may just have appeared in an episode of some kind I haven't seen. Also if they have been seen, what did they carry? I know two appear in standard gauge in Pop Goes the Diesel, but I don't recall seeing them elsewhere.

If anyone could point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated, as a few Google searches churned up no good results to inform me otherwise.

Thanks to anyone who can help

~Alex :)

I would not dream of turning a diecast toy train into model railway loco. It will always be out of scale and won't look right. I agree, Slate Trucks will be nice to have in the Narrow Gauge range, but I would rather wait and hope Bachmann will release them.

That's a good point Alex, I haven't seen that Wagon in the Narrow Gauge, before only in standard gauge as you mentioned in Pop Goes the Diesel, but those two trucks are in the wrong scale, so those do not count.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on December 23, 2015, 10:27:24 AM
First of all, that is a very nice looking model Sparks...perhaps a little out of scale but to me anyway, it looks nice. I also like the slate wagons Rusty is pushing, if you don't mind me asking, where did you get them from or alternatively, if they were built yourself, how did you make them? Sorry for asking but I think they look nice :)

Also, I have a question for members who've perhaps done a better job of keeping track (no pun intended) of Thomas and his friends' recent CGI exploits, have the Narrow Gauge Engines really been seen using the kind of open wagon that has been released into Bachmann's range? I don't recall ever having seen it, but it may just have appeared in an episode of some kind I haven't seen. Also if they have been seen, what did they carry? I know two appear in standard gauge in Pop Goes the Diesel, but I don't recall seeing them elsewhere.

If anyone could point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated, as a few Google searches churned up no good results to inform me otherwise.

Thanks to anyone who can help

~Alex :)

The wagons are kit-built from a site called parksidedundas.co.uk   You will look in the 9mm (OO9) section and go under Langley Models.  These kits are quite fiddly if you haven't had experience building them.  The current Bachmann NG rolling stock items have not been used by the NG engines.  The open wagon is in fact a smaller version of what was used in S2 and 3.  PECO make this kit in O-16.5 scale.  I built some myself and they scale up how they do in the show to the OO models. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on December 23, 2015, 11:42:15 AM
First of all, that is a very nice looking model Sparks...perhaps a little out of scale but to me anyway, it looks nice. I also like the slate wagons Rusty is pushing, if you don't mind me asking, where did you get them from or alternatively, if they were built yourself, how did you make them? Sorry for asking but I think they look nice :)

Also, I have a question for members who've perhaps done a better job of keeping track (no pun intended) of Thomas and his friends' recent CGI exploits, have the Narrow Gauge Engines really been seen using the kind of open wagon that has been released into Bachmann's range? I don't recall ever having seen it, but it may just have appeared in an episode of some kind I haven't seen. Also if they have been seen, what did they carry? I know two appear in standard gauge in Pop Goes the Diesel, but I don't recall seeing them elsewhere.

If anyone could point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated, as a few Google searches churned up no good results to inform me otherwise.

Thanks to anyone who can help

~Alex :)
It's a little out of scale, but it's definitely one of the closest toys for a OO9 Season 4 styled Rusty, so I'm pleased with it for now. Hoping to see it compared to Skarloey at Christmas.

A small note; it's plastic, not diecast. Diecast would be even harder to cut than plastic.

The wagons were obtained second hand, I didn't assemble them. BassTbone already answered how and where you can get them. :)

As for the Bachmann OO9 Skarloey wagons, other members have pointed out already, but they're most often known in the classic era as the China Clay Wagons and the Fish Vans. They're based on L&BR stock.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 23, 2015, 12:07:00 PM
The wagons are kit-built from a site called parksidedundas.co.uk   You will look in the 9mm (OO9) section and go under Langley Models.  These kits are quite fiddly if you haven't had experience building them.  The current Bachmann NG rolling stock items have not been used by the NG engines.  The open wagon is in fact a smaller version of what was used in S2 and 3.  PECO make this kit in O-16.5 scale.  I built some myself and they scale up how they do in the show to the OO models.  
I must apologise for my hefty ignorance here, but since you say they (the china clay wagons) scale up, I'm assuming by that you mean they make these as kits to scale with OO models? If so I may look into some of these China Clay wagons by Peco for standard gauge further down the track (pun semi-intended).

And I like the idea of the Slate Wagon kits, even if they may be too fiddly for me, perhaps in the future if I have a layout of my own with enough room for Narrow Gauge I'll (potentially) use them if for some reason Bachmann decides not to make the tooling...but I honestly think they will...and also it will depend if I can get a little more experience on kit building in first :P

It's a little out of scale, but it's definitely one of the closest toys for a OO9 Season 4 styled Rusty, so I'm pleased with it for now. Hoping to see it compared to Skarloey at Christmas.

A small note; it's plastic, not diecast. Diecast would be even harder to cut than plastic.

The wagons were obtained second hand, I didn't assemble them. BassTbone already answered how and where you can get them. :)

As for the Bachmann OO9 Skarloey wagons, other members have pointed out already, but they're most often known in the classic era as the China Clay Wagons and the Fish Vans. They're based on L&BR stock.
Rusty is out of scale, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't impressed with your custom model there, hats off to you Sparks, I think you did a truly good job there :)

Thank you, the vans I had no real concern with, I recognise them from the classic series well and truly, the China Clay Wagons seem like an odd release (to me at least), considering the Narrow Gauge Engines never used them, perhaps that's just me though...in all honesty that doesn't measn they don't appeal to me though, if I can put together a layout of my own in the near enough future with some room for the Narrow Gauge engines, I already have some ideas for what to do with those trucks.

And on a completely (not) unrelated note, I am very overambitious in what I desire for model trains, but oh well :P it makes it all the more fun imagining I guess.

Thanks Sparks and BassTBone for all your help here, I'll be sure to keep it all in my mind whilst my brain dreams up future layout plans :P

~Alex :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 23, 2015, 12:07:31 PM
Even though the Peco stock was never actually used with the narrow gauge engines on the show, I still think they look pretty nice.  I'm pretty happy with the wagons that I ordered from ehattons.  That being said, I do plan on picking up some kits from the site Michael provided earlier at some point next year since it would be ideal to have Skarloey pull some slate wagons or some accurate coaches that were used on the show.  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 24, 2015, 04:25:26 AM
I have a few fun little facts I thought I would share on here, for those who don't know, the Old Coaches in Season 1 only had one side painted for budget reasons (which is the reason the brake coach is so often seen facing the wrong way!), the other side of each oach appears to be an LNER teak colour, the LNER colouring can briefly be seen on display at 4:24 seconds into episode 18 of the Season 1 episode "Coal", watch the video in the link below and pause at 4:24 seconds in, it is clearly visible on that the coaches aren't the same colour on one side, as when Henry rounds the bend, their proper green colour can be seen on the other side:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdZIxEXLMVQ
The same can be seen of the coaches in the Season 1 episode "Edward and Gordon", as Edward rounds a bend, the teak side of the coaches is vaguely visible if one looks closely, and then later in the episode, as Edward shunts some trucks, 3 Teak Coaches can be seen on a siding, they appear to look like the Orange Branchline Coaches, but if one pauses on the right spot, and observes the brake coach, they clearly aren't the Orange Branchline Coaches. This can be seen at 1:32 - 1:35 and 2:45 - 2:49 in the following video of said episode, if one looks closely:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9HT0IuvwZo
And the TTEWikia also agrees with me:
http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Old_Coaches

In the very next shot, from the episode "Edward and Gordon" appearing from roughly 2:49 - 2:53, and then again from 2:55 - 3:05 and yet again from 3:09 - 3:13 ( can be found in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9HT0IuvwZo ) the Milk Tanker behind Edward appears to have a cresent shaped line down it's side, which seems odd, as the line is a slightly weathered black colour. This part of trivia is slightly more well known about I think, but the reason the Milk Tanker seemingly has this stripe, is that (again) like with the old coaches, it was painted on one side as a Milk Tanker, but unlike the old coaches, the other side doubles as a Tar Tanker or Oil Tanker, according to the TTEWikia at least, which would explain away the dark cresent shape on what appears to be a Milk Tanker. If one scrolls down to the "Milk Tanker" section, on their page about Tankers, information can be found about this:
http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Tankers

I find it interesting how Season 1 may have been filmed on a tighter budget than I originally thought...anyway, this was just some trivia for those that didn't know and might find it interesting :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on December 25, 2015, 03:23:52 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/2hLsqOZ.jpg)
My Christmas haul. Lots of Bachmann stuff this year! The quality of everything is great. I think Skarloey has exceeded my expectations and I want to do a proper review of him soon.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 25, 2015, 03:32:11 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/2hLsqOZ.jpg)
My Christmas haul. Lots of Bachmann stuff this year! The quality of everything is great. I think Skarloey has exceeded my expectations and I want to do a proper review of him soon.

So you got Skarloey, Red Coaches, Sodor Fuel Tanker, Thomas Resin Buildings, Hornby Sentinel Shunter and some other wagons? That was a good haul. You are her lucky to have all of that.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on December 25, 2015, 05:37:57 PM
Very nice, Sparks! For Christmas, I got Salty and Troublesome Truck #3!
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlf1/v/t1.0-9/1934100_10204607920352600_4945282450236052361_n.jpg?oh=725b0df9b072328a143cb27844b506c1&oe=56D56975)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all members :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: shining time on December 25, 2015, 10:47:35 PM
Oh dear, I didn't get anything Bachmann-esque for Christmas this year, unforgivable, I know, other than some hook and look couplers and metal rail joiners-- hardly Bachmann Skarloey, but alas...next year I'll have to give "Santa" a bit more than a week's notice!!
sadly nor did I as the place i ordered Skarloey from sold out just before he was to ship so now i  have to see what the new year brings


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 25, 2015, 11:29:26 PM
I figured I'd carry out my thoughts on Skarloey over to this thread as opposed to the Skarloey in Stock thread from earlier.  

So here are a few more pictures I took over on my club's layout.  It is our carnival setup, our mining layout we will be working on for HOn30 will be in progress right after the new year.  But in the meantime here is Skarloey:

(http://puu.sh/m8Kn8/10e5ec27bf.jpg)

Aesthetically, this is probably one of the nicest models I have ever seen produced by Bachmann.  The quality and the detailing that they have put on Skarloey is phenomenal.  Whether it's the addition of a number plate and lamp at the back or the handrail molded over Skarloey's head is simply amazing.  The red livery on Skarloey looks stunning and I think it works even better on a diecast body than on a plastic one like the HO/Large models do.  The rivet detail is especially impressive too, as mentioned earlier.  The face is from the CGI series, but I honestly don't mind since it really captures the character Skarloey quite well.  I also like how the eyes on the model don't move, even though it's a standard with most Bachmann models it's nice seeing Skarloey not go down this route.  Of course the mechanism would be way too small for Skarloey, but it would save the hassle of getting a model with crossed eyes! 

(http://puu.sh/m8KlX/4ab62d79fc.jpg)

I couldn't run Skarloey for very long since the power on this layout wasn't that great, but I'll have more of a chance to run him at our N scale club layout tomorrow morning.  From what I have seen from a glimpse though, it is a pretty smooth runner and seemed to pull all of the Peco/Bachmann stock with no trouble at all.  He also managed to handle the curves on the layout quite well too.  

(http://puu.sh/m8Kou/867943cd40.jpg)

A ready-to-run HOn30 model alone is amazing enough as it is, but one for the Thomas range is incredible.  Based on what I have seen through social media, the forums, and YouTube, it's quite clear that this model has gained such a popular and strong following.  Bachmann have really outdone themselves with Skarloey this year and I look forward to seeing what they can do with this range once the 2016 announcements are made.  

(http://puu.sh/m8KjV/98488a46ea.jpg)

I also got two of the red vans in the mail too, which I was hesitant to order at first because of their prices, but the lower price at shops got my dad to order two of them for me.  I have to admit while they do look nice and I am glad I got them, I would have preferred to see a new tooling for rolling stock since they are Peco vans repainted.  Not that it's a bad thing by any means, but it's underwhelming when you compare this to the high quality and effort we have seen from Skarloey by himself since he is one of the best models I have seen from Bachmann.  

(http://puu.sh/m8Kso/1c6e7db218.jpg)

It wasn't just the tooling or even the boxes alone that Bachmann have used from Peco, but I also found out that you can even find the Peco logo at the bottom of the Bachmann vans with the Bachmann logo placed alongside it.  I have to admit that with all of this coming from Bachmann this comes off as really lazy.  But with all that said, I feel like the only reason this may be the case is maybe there was a double, or even triple standard with both the Thomas license as well as Peco for allowing Bachmann to use this tooling for their Thomas range.  This is really the only reason I can think of personally with the minimal effort and high pricing for the rolling stock, so I can kind of understand that if that were the case.  But does this make the vans bad by any means?  I don't think so.  I think both the red and even blue vans from Bachmann look nice if you want to get something that matches the Skarloey railway color-wise compared to what's available from Peco.  I don't own a blue one, but if I happen to come across one on sale then I might look into getting just one.

So overall, while the rolling stock might not have been perfect, Skarloey himself was easily worth the investment and I am really happy that this is the first HOn30 engine in my collection.  It took Bachmann a few years to plan this out and a lot of time and effort to make it happen, but it clearly paid off.  Thank you Bachmann for making this happen!  


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 26, 2015, 04:52:03 AM
To my eyes, and for my money anyway, Skarloey is definitely Bachmann's most aesthetically pleasing model to date. Thanks to all those who posted pictures and videos of him, he really is an amazing looking model.

It wasn't just the tooling or even the boxes alone that Bachmann have used from Peco, but I also found out that you can even find the Peco logo at the bottom of the Bachmann vans with the Bachmann logo placed alongside it.  I have to admit that with all of this coming from Bachmann this comes off as really lazy.  But with all that said, I feel like the only reason this may be the case is maybe there was a double, or even triple standard with both the Thomas license as well as Peco for allowing Bachmann to use this tooling for their Thomas range.  This is really the only reason I can think of personally with the minimal effort and high pricing for the rolling stock, so I can kind of understand that if that were the case.  But does this make the vans bad by any means?  I don't think so.
I have given that some thought myself, and to me it seems that's the only reason I can think of for why the pricing of the wagons is higher than the original Peco stock it's based off of, I'd say you're right on the money in terms of the double (or possibly triple) licensing standard causing the inflated price tag when compared to Peco's original wagons.

Coincidentally enough the other day I found myself in a topic back from 2013, (long story as to why I was looking back that far, anyway) I saw a few posts from a few members, talking about Diesel 10 and the Narrow Gauge engines, and how even though Diesel 10's claw seemingly exceeded loading gauge, and it would be difficult for Bachmann to produce, he was still a more likely candidate than the Narrow Gauge engines (funnily enough, I remember my younger self reading over those exact posts and actually agreeing with them). So I think Bachmann deserves a big thanks and congratulations on producing such a high-quality Narrow Gauge engine. I look forward to what the future brings to this new range.

Also, I hope everyone here had a great Christmas, and to those who don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you all had a great day anyway :)

Happy holidays, season's greetings and best wishes to all,
~Alex :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 26, 2015, 06:10:43 AM
I have so got to get Skarloey. I want him even more every picture I see. The Box Van - Red is brilliant as well. It looks perfect to the TV Series (The model era). Te red is so bright and it just looks the part. It's perfect. I want a set of 3 of them, but I am not sure where the money will come from though!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on December 27, 2015, 03:41:36 PM
I must say I love all the pictures that have been taken. If I had the time and money to get Skarloey, I definitely would!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 27, 2015, 04:42:08 PM
I must say I love all the pictures that have been taken. If I had the time and money to get Skarloey, I definitely would!

I agree, to be honest with you. The pictures that have been posted of Skarloey makes me want him more and more but the only bad thing about it that none of this is good for my wallet!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 27, 2015, 08:02:03 PM
Oh wow, Skarloey looks great! I told myself when his MSRP was released that I wouldn't blow all my money on him, but I may just have a "change of heart;" that is, if my parents agree with using 150.00 on a model... ::)

Yes, Skarloey does look great. What do you mean by MSRP and do you not have your own money too spend?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on December 27, 2015, 08:29:04 PM
Oh wow, Skarloey looks great! I told myself when his MSRP was released that I wouldn't blow all my money on him, but I may just have a "change of heart;" that is, if my parents agree with using 150.00 on a model... ::)
http://www.hobbylinc.com/bachmann-t-f-narrow-gauge-skarloey-diecast-ho-scale-model-train-diesel-locomotive-58601
Hobbylinc has a pretty good deal on Skarloey for $93, but they're out of stock right now.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 28, 2015, 05:55:39 AM
Oh wow, Skarloey looks great! I told myself when his MSRP was released that I wouldn't blow all my money on him, but I may just have a "change of heart;" that is, if my parents agree with using 150.00 on a model... ::)
http://www.hobbylinc.com/bachmann-t-f-narrow-gauge-skarloey-diecast-ho-scale-model-train-diesel-locomotive-58601
Hobbylinc has a pretty good deal on Skarloey for $93, but they're out of stock right now.

Do you what know the postage cost would be at Hobbylinc though to buy one and ship it to the UK, where I live?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 28, 2015, 07:05:36 AM
Yes, Skarloey does look great. What do you mean by MSRP and do you not have your own money too spend?
The question about not having enough money for a Skarloey model seems like it's best left to a personal message, as that is kind of a personal question. Also, just saying, it's quicker to open up a new tab (or window) on your browser and look up what MSRP means than asking in this topic and then having to wait for a response. Thankfully I can tell you that MSRP = Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price.
Do you what know the postage cost would be at Hobbylinc though to buy one and ship it to the UK, where I live?
Again, it would be quicker to just open up the site in your browser in a new tab or browser, add Skarloey to your "basket", set your location to "UK" on the preorder screen, and then see what appears down the bottom, don't put any address or card details in, and from there it should tell you down at the bottom of the page how much shipping will cost, alternatively the website should have a "contact us" section on it somewhere, almost all professionally run websites do. Contact the Email address or phone number that should be provided to find out how much shipping to the UK is, it's a lot quicker than asking on here, as members here will probably respond slower than the professionally run website itself.

On a different note, does anyone intend to make the slight bulge on Skarloey's funnel a brass colour? Like it was seen in season 4? If I get a model, I've considered using some masking tape to colour that small part of the funnel brass, but I probably won't in the end, even if it would be nice. For those of you who don't know that the funnel changed. Below are two images to show what I mean, the CGI model and the season 4 model.
Season 4:
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w493/AJW98Productions/Skarloey_zps6zfsi61q.png) (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/AJW98Productions/media/Skarloey_zps6zfsi61q.png.html)

CGI series:
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w493/AJW98Productions/SkarloeyCGIpromo2_zpsg8dzvznu.png) (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/AJW98Productions/media/SkarloeyCGIpromo2_zpsg8dzvznu.png.html)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 28, 2015, 07:49:20 AM
Yes, Skarloey does look great. What do you mean by MSRP and do you not have your own money too spend?
The question about not having enough money for a Skarloey model seems like it's best left to a personal message, as that is kind of a personal question. Also, just saying, it's quicker to open up a new tab (or window) on your browser and look up what MSRP means than asking in this topic and then having to wait for a response. Thankfully I can tell you that MSRP = Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price.
Do you what know the postage cost would be at Hobbylinc though to buy one and ship it to the UK, where I live?
Again, it would be quicker to just open up the site in your browser in a new tab or browser, add Skarloey to your "basket", set your location to "UK" on the preorder screen, and then see what appears down the bottom, don't put any address or card details in, and from there it should tell you down at the bottom of the page how much shipping will cost, alternatively the website should have a "contact us" section on it somewhere, almost all professionally run websites do. Contact the Email address or phone number that should be provided to find out how much shipping to the UK is, it's a lot quicker than asking on here, as members here will probably respond slower than the professionally run website itself.

On a different note, does anyone intend to make the slight bulge on Skarloey's funnel a brass colour? Like it was seen in season 4? If I get a model, I've considered using some masking tape to colour that small part of the funnel brass, but I probably won't in the end, even if it would be nice. For those of you who don't know that the funnel changed. Below are two images to show what I mean, the CGI model and the season 4 model.
Season 4:
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w493/AJW98Productions/Skarloey_zps6zfsi61q.png) (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/AJW98Productions/media/Skarloey_zps6zfsi61q.png.html)

CGI series:
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w493/AJW98Productions/SkarloeyCGIpromo2_zpsg8dzvznu.png) (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/AJW98Productions/media/SkarloeyCGIpromo2_zpsg8dzvznu.png.html)

~Alex

OK, sorry Alex. I am sorry for upsetting you.

Ah, I would call it Recommened Retail Price, but Suggested Manufactures Retail Price means the same thing.

I don't want to accidently place an order though by adding it to the basket, especially if the postage would be too much.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 28, 2015, 08:48:43 AM
Jacob, you did not upset me, I'm just trying to be helpful. Also, as even administrators on this board have mentioned from time to time, please do not quote posts with images in them, as they clog up threads. That's not me trying to be harsh either, that is just administartor's advice to members, also, if you do want to quote a large post, remove the non-relevant information to your reply first, for example, the part of my post from earlier where I asked members about their thoughts on what they could do with Skarloey's funnel, is non-relevant to your response, and can be removed from the quote. Again, this is not hostile, just advice.

Anyway, my question from before about Skarloey's funnel still stands to members who intend on getting him, or already have him.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 28, 2015, 09:32:35 AM
^ @Alex: OK, sorry to you and everybody else. I am just trying to be friendly by discussing things with other Members, not trying to clog up the Forum.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 28, 2015, 09:37:05 AM
^ @Alex: OK, sorry to you and everybody else. I am just trying to be friendly by discussing things with other Members, not trying to clog up the Forum.
It's ok, I'm just trying to be helpful and polite as well.

Anyway, my question from before, does anyone have intentions on giving Skarloey a more Season 4-esque funnel, or would members rather leave it in its more CGI-esque style?

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on December 28, 2015, 11:57:12 AM
Anyway, my question from before, does anyone have intentions on giving Skarloey a more Season 4-esque funnel, or would members rather leave it in its more CGI-esque style?

~Alex
I would want to give it the gold on the funnel, but I know as simple as it might be, I'd mess up, so I probably wouldn't. Lol


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 28, 2015, 12:03:33 PM
I would want to give it the gold on the funnel, but I know as simple as it might be, I'd mess up, so I probably wouldn't. Lol
Knowing me, I could mess it up badly, so I may look into seeing if I know anyone who could aid me with it. As I'd really like to have the gold part of the funnel from season 4.

I don't want to accidently place an order though by adding it to the basket, especially if the postage would be too much.
I totally forgot to respond to this earlier, my apologies, you won't order it by adding it to your order, it needs to know your address and you need to input card details first, as long as all you do is input your country as the UK, it should tell you how much the postage is.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 28, 2015, 12:12:59 PM
I would want to give it the gold on the funnel, but I know as simple as it might be, I'd mess up, so I probably wouldn't. Lol
Knowing me, I could mess it up badly, so I may look into seeing if I know anyone who could aid me with it. As I'd really like to have the gold part of the funnel from season 4.

I don't want to accidently place an order though by adding it to the basket, especially if the postage would be too much.
I totally forgot to respond to this earlier, my apologies, you won't order it by adding it to your order, it needs to know your address and you need to input card details first, as long as all you do is input your country as the UK, it should tell you how much the postage is.

~Alex
OK, I will try too Alex. I will update this post and tell what happens.

UPDATE: I added Skarloey to basket and I ticked the option of International (Outside of USA) for the Estimated Shipping Costs, abd it came up with $2.95, which cannot be right. Most eBay sellers list Bachamnn products at around $30.00 for postage to the UK. $2.95 cannot be right.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on December 28, 2015, 01:31:26 PM
I would send them an email, to be honest. You'll get much quicker answers asking them directly than trying to figure it out from us.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 28, 2015, 01:49:02 PM
I would send them an email, to be honest. You'll get much quicker answers asking them directly than trying to figure it out from us.

OK, I will. Thanks for your help.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 28, 2015, 06:48:04 PM
Hi everyone,My upcoming Thomas layout is a four ft. x nine ft. table with a branch line ten ft. long behind the back isle .I was planning on putting Tidmouth sheds inside
the main line oval,but it looks like the sheds and turntable will overwhelm the layout.
Any advise would be welcome!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 28, 2015, 07:15:01 PM
Hi everyone,My upcoming Thomas layout is a four ft. x nine ft. table with a branch line ten ft. long behind the back isle .I was planning on putting Tidmouth sheds inside
the main line oval,but it looks like the sheds and turntable will overwhelm the layout.
Any advise would be welcome!!!!
UPTODAY

Please can you post pictures of your layout please?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 28, 2015, 08:19:28 PM
Jacob I have never posted pictures,I am two dumb to figure it out!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 28, 2015, 09:00:07 PM
Jacob I have never posted pictures,I am two dumb to figure it out!!!

Oh, oh dear! That made me laugh. You are not dumb, you just need to be shown.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 28, 2015, 10:23:23 PM
Jacob,If you go to the lumber yard and look at a sheet of plywood on top of two sawhorses,thats what my layout looks like!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 29, 2015, 05:30:05 AM
Jacob,If you go to the lumber yard and look at a sheet of plywood on top of two sawhorses,thats what my layout looks like!!!!
UPTODAY

Have I go onto Google and type in lumber yard, or is this a joke UPTODAY?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 29, 2015, 08:52:57 AM
Last night, I got my new re-designed layout on the dining room table to run my Hornby Spencer and Murdoch Locomotives. I have uploaded two Videos of Spencer and Murdoch running if anybody would like to watch them:

Hornby Spencer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1e-ig6rDVo/.

Hornby Murdoch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgJ83ODQQAA/.

I hope you enjoy watching the Videos of my Hornby Spencer and Murdoch, and please share your thoughts about them.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on December 29, 2015, 12:44:55 PM
Cool video of a very smooth runner. Looks like you got the red coaches. You should post videos of your other engines running, too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 29, 2015, 12:52:20 PM
Cool video of a very smooth runner. Looks like you got the red coaches.

Thank you. Hornby Spencer and Murdoch are smooth runners. Yes, I have got the Red Coaches.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 29, 2015, 02:51:06 PM
Yes,Jacob,lumber yard was a joke!,those are nice videos you have done!I can't wait until my track order gets here.Bachmann nickel silver track expander sets I ordered are
on back order.You did not answer my tidmouth sheds question.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 29, 2015, 04:04:14 PM
Yes,Jacob,lumber yard was a joke!,those are nice videos you have done!I can't wait until my track order gets here.Bachmann nickel silver track expander sets I ordered are
on back order.You did not answer my tidmouth sheds question.
UPTODAY

OK. Yes, it was very funny UPTODAY.

Thank you. Those videos took ages to upload onto YouTube!

Yes, if you have the space, you should have Tidmouth Sheds on your layout.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 29, 2015, 06:27:02 PM
I have uploaded another video on YouTube. This one is a Test Run Video of Hornby Diesel D7101 Hymek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABYlvY0zsBw/.

Please watch it and post your thoughts about it. Thank you.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 29, 2015, 07:35:11 PM
Good job on the video!Very nice hornby trains you have.I like your Peco track layout!Can i come over to your house and play trains????
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 29, 2015, 07:39:58 PM
Good job on the video!Very nice hornby trains you have.I like your Peco track layout!Can i come over to your house and play trains????
UPTODAY

Wow, you know your model railways if you know it's PECO track!

It would be nice!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 30, 2015, 07:14:56 PM
Hi everyone,did Thomas pull open wagons with logs in them?
THE OLD GUY
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 30, 2015, 07:38:13 PM
Hi everyone,did Thomas pull open wagons with logs in them?
THE OLD GUY
UPTODAY

I can't remember seeing Thomas ever pulling Open Wagon's with logs in them.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 31, 2015, 07:28:16 AM
Here is two more Test Run Videos. This one is of my Hornby Oliver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IISUHdzp7T8/, Hornby Stepney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqT9-HtMmcA/ and Hornby Edward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REPODM2U35o/.

Please post a Reply of what you think of them. Thank you.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on December 31, 2015, 08:13:44 AM
Hi everyone,did Thomas pull open wagons with logs in them?
THE OLD GUY
UPTODAY
I seem to recall them being secured on flatbeds sometimes...I may have seen them in China Clay Wagons in Season 2 or 3...but I wouldn't bet on it. However, your layout, your rules. You have artistic license over it. If you want to put logs in Open Wagons, feel free. Personally I have some old logs I found lying around from the old TOMY range, and placed them in the "M" Open Wagon, which Bachmann discontinued a little while ago. Personally, whilst inaccurate I like how it looks, and as it is my layout, it is my rules for what goes. No need for pure, 100% TV Series authenticity, the rules can bend here and there after all :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 31, 2015, 01:05:37 PM
Hi.JACOB,very nice videos!!!those Hornby models are very nice looking!!!
I AM SOOOOO JEALOUS!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 31, 2015, 01:28:11 PM
Hi.JACOB,very nice videos!!!those Hornby models are very nice looking!!!
I AM SOOOOO JEALOUS!!!!!
UPTODAY

Thank you UPTODAY. You can't have any of them I am afraid, I have spent thousands of pounds building up my collection in the past 10 years. Spencer and Murdoch are my favourite Loco's and nobody are allowed to touch either of them, not even my Dad who is also a model railway enthusiast. Spencer and Murdoch are my pride and joy, all of my collection is, basically.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on December 31, 2015, 04:15:15 PM
Well it's not too Thomas related, but I'd like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 31, 2015, 04:24:12 PM
Well it's not too Thomas related, but I'd like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

I agree. Let's just home that in 2016 we get of course Oliver and Toad who some reason have been delayed with their releases, but also we get some new Locomotives, Rolling Stock and hopefully a good expansion on the Narrow Gauge range!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 31, 2015, 08:17:28 PM
It's 2016! Last year, well yesterday (UK time zone), I filmed another video of my Hornby J13 Class GNR Locomotive with a Hornby Thomas Face fitted, that I have called Alex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBGIFRYCXmI/!

Please post you thoughts about this below. Thank you.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 31, 2015, 08:55:30 PM
Cherrio!!!!!!!!!! right on mate!!an other fine video,If I do say!!
LOSING MY GRIP,
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 31, 2015, 09:02:29 PM
Cherrio!!!!!!!!!! right on mate!!an other fine video,If I do say!!
LOSING MY GRIP,
UPTODAY

I have loads more videos to come yet! I am doing every Thomas & Friends Locomotive!

Are my videos really that bad that you are losing your grip?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 31, 2015, 09:10:27 PM
HI everyone,I am losing my grip about what to do with my new layout.I feel like a woman in a shoe store!!!
I am probably going to regret that remark,no offense ladies!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on December 31, 2015, 09:12:47 PM
HI everyone,I am losing my grip about what to do with my new layout.I feel like a woman in a shoe store!!!
I am probably going to regret that remark,no offense ladies!!!
UPTODAY

Now that is funny UPTODAY! Dear, oh dear! Clearly in this case, you can't decide what shoes too buy, or in this case you don't know what to do with your new layout!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 01, 2016, 10:18:11 AM
Here is my next Test Run Video. This one is Hornby Thomas pulling Hornby Annie and Clarabel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ50YOUDRE4/.

Please post you thoughts about it below. Thank you.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on January 01, 2016, 01:20:16 PM
Not trying to be an admin or anything but this is the Bachmann Thomas & Friends forum... Not Hornby. So lets only talk about Bachmann here.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 01, 2016, 01:27:20 PM
Boy,I can see a lot of different things between Bachmann and Hornby!nice video!I also like the pile of boxes,is that HORNBY MOUNTIAN????
STILL LOSING IT!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 01, 2016, 01:40:23 PM
Not trying to be an admin or anything but this is the Bachmann Thomas & Friends forum... Not Hornby. So lets only talk about Bachmann here.
Whilst your point is valid, this is a topic called "The Everything Thomas Thread" and often both ranges do get talked about, however your point is at least valid in one sense, a little bit is ok I guess, but I guess there is a certain point where we should stick back to Bachmann for a while, I'll say that much.

Completely different topic here, but I might be moving house at the end of this brand new year, and I finally might be able to set up a layout again. Nothing is official just yet, but with any luck I might be able to set one up. Now, being the person I am, I like to think these things through a bit before I begin putting the layout together, even if it's still many months away at the earliest, I still like to think about the possibilities for what I could do. For a bit of context, realistically I think I'll be looking around 4x6 feet or around 5x8 feet, it depends on where I move to (personal story about why, and I'm not here to discuss that). Now I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what to use on it? I have thought about perhaps making a harbour yard for some of it, but again, if anyone has any suggestions, they would be much appreciated, as it will give me a lot to think about :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 01, 2016, 01:56:31 PM
Sorry ,rickenbacker,we got carried away with the Hornby range.love to get back to Bachmann now.This is my first Thomas & Friends layout,and I am having alot of
fun building it.My
Bachmann ez track 44594 x4 are on back order.I have a $500.00 list of locos and wagons to order also!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 01, 2016, 02:06:55 PM
Boy,I can see a lot of different things between Bachmann and Hornby!nice video!I also like the pile of boxes,is that HORNBY MOUNTIAN????
STILL LOSING IT!
UPTODAY

Thank you. No, it's not a scenery. Hornby Mountain is not going to be permanent! The Class 150 EMU, LMS Loco, Bachmann LMS Maroon Coaches are my dad's. He is testing them, while my layout is waiting to be fitted in my bedroom, currently it is in the dinning room on the table. The Hornby liveried 0-4-0, and Year Wagon's are mine however. I have a lot of Locomotives and Rolling Stock is from the Thomas & Friends ranges.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 01, 2016, 04:28:50 PM
Not trying to be an admin or anything but this is the Bachmann Thomas & Friends forum... Not Hornby. So lets only talk about Bachmann here.
Whilst your point is valid, this is a topic called "The Everything Thomas Thread" and often both ranges do get talked about, however your point is at least valid in one sense, a little bit is ok I guess, but I guess there is a certain point where we should stick back to Bachmann for a while, I'll say that much.

Technically, there is nothing wrong with talking about other ranges on the forum, but there are boundaries such as not comparing the two ranges or saying one range or model is better than the other.  This is generally not allowed here since this is an official Bachmann Trains forum and representatives from other ranges cannot speak for themselves here.  Same can also be said for putting down either range or calling Hornby something along the lines of "H company" or "red box company".  


Completely different topic here, but I might be moving house at the end of this brand new year, and I finally might be able to set up a layout again. Nothing is official just yet, but with any luck I might be able to set one up. Now, being the person I am, I like to think these things through a bit before I begin putting the layout together, even if it's still many months away at the earliest, I still like to think about the possibilities for what I could do. For a bit of context, realistically I think I'll be looking around 4x6 feet or around 5x8 feet, it depends on where I move to (personal story about why, and I'm not here to discuss that). Now I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what to use on it? I have thought about perhaps making a harbour yard for some of it, but again, if anyone has any suggestions, they would be much appreciated, as it will give me a lot to think about :)

~Alex

If you are unsure of where to start, I would check one of your local hobby shops to see if there are any track-planning books available since I used something like this for my layout before too.  There are plenty of track plans that would be ideal for what you are looking for from what I have seen so I think it can help with coming up with creative ideas for your layout.  As far as what you would like to put on your layout location wise I think that decision should come from you since this is your own personal layout.  Like what people have said at shows I go to: "Your model railroad, your rules". :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 01, 2016, 04:47:57 PM
AJW98,Do you have SALTY for your harbor scene?I had to buy the Bachmann Set to get him,he is sold out singly.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 01, 2016, 05:10:35 PM
AJW98,Do you have SALTY for your harbor scene?I had to buy the Bachmann Set to get him,he is sold out singly.
UPTODAY

I have Bachmann Salty. Please do not count me on this, but I do not think Alex (AJW98Productions) has Bachmann Salty. He Messages me daily, and we have spoken about what we own and I can't ever remembering him telling me if he owns Salty.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 02, 2016, 01:45:29 AM
AJW98,Do you have SALTY for your harbor scene?I had to buy the Bachmann Set to get him,he is sold out singly.
UPTODAY
I do own Salty actually, he is not a perfect model but he is definitely one of my favourites by Bachmann, I think I actually got Salty before I got Henry :-X for some reason my local train shops rarely had Henry in stock at the time.

And yes Chaz, you put the part about comparisons etc better than I could've put it. And thanks for the advice :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 02, 2016, 05:08:32 AM
AJW98,Do you have SALTY for your harbor scene?I had to buy the Bachmann Set to get him,he is sold out singly.
UPTODAY
I do own Salty actually, he is not a perfect model but he is definitely one of my favourites by Bachmann, I think I actually got Salty before I got Henry :-X for some reason my local train shops rarely had Henry in stock at the time.

And yes Chaz, you put the part about comparisons etc better than I could've put it. And thanks for the advice :)

~Alex

I never you had Salty, Alex. I am interested why you bought Salty before Henry!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 02, 2016, 05:14:24 AM
At the time, Henry was more than I could afford, Salty was at a discounted price, and the store was running low on stock of Bachmann's "M" Open Wagon and Salt Van, so I instead got Salty as well as the Salt Van and "M" Open Wagon, also their stocks of Henry were often low, but nevertheless I got Henry a few months after Salty.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 02, 2016, 05:42:07 AM
At the time, Henry was more than I could afford, Salty was at a discounted price, and the store was running low on stock of Bachmann's "M" Open Wagon and Salt Van, so I instead got Salty as well as the Salt Van and "M" Open Wagon, also their stocks of Henry were often low, but nevertheless I got Henry a few months after Salty.

~Alex

This mist have been a while ago then, as those two Wagon's have been discontinued for about three or four years now. The 'M' Open Wagon was called the 6 Ton Wagon. I wish I bought it and the Salt Wagon, but I don't have either of them. I never managed to get them, and it looks like I never will. :'(


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 02, 2016, 06:21:26 AM
Both the 6 ton wagon and the salt wagon are listed on eBay right now.  I would say that's your best bet at finding them.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 02, 2016, 06:28:19 AM
Both the 6 ton wagon and the salt wagon are listed on eBay right now.  I would say that's your best bet at finding them.

I am a UK resident and postage will probably be high. Nevertheless, I will check those listings out.

UPDATE: I cannot find those listing at all Chaz. I searched on eBay.co.uk and eBay.com. Please can you send me the links for them? Thank you in advanced.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 02, 2016, 07:16:43 AM
This mist have been a while ago then, as those two Wagon's have been discontinued for about three or four years now. The 'M' Open Wagon was called the 6 Ton Wagon. I wish I bought it and the Salt Wagon, but I don't have either of them. I never managed to get them, and it looks like I never will. :'(
From memory, I purchased them back in late-ish 2010 I think, so it was before all those items were discontinued (if memory serves me correctly at least).

I haven't checked the shipping rates but I found a listing of a 6 Ton Wagon here: http://m.ebay.com/itm/Ho-scale-Bachmann-Thomas-and-friends-train-Deluxe-6-Ton-Wagon-/391354754027?nav=SEARCH
And one of a Salt Wagon (Van) here: http://m.ebay.com/itm/Ho-scale-Bachmann-Thomas-and-friends-train-Deluxe-Salt-Wagon-/391354762693?nav=SEARCH
Those listings are just the result of a quick search though, I haven't looked over them thoroughly as such.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 02, 2016, 07:21:26 AM
This mist have been a while ago then, as those two Wagon's have been discontinued for about three or four years now. The 'M' Open Wagon was called the 6 Ton Wagon. I wish I bought it and the Salt Wagon, but I don't have either of them. I never managed to get them, and it looks like I never will. :'(
From memory, I purchased them back in late-ish 2010 I think, so it was before all those items were discontinued (if memory serves me correctly at least).

I haven't checked the shipping rates but I found a listing of a 6 Ton Wagon here: http://m.ebay.com/itm/Ho-scale-Bachmann-Thomas-and-friends-train-Deluxe-6-Ton-Wagon-/391354754027?nav=SEARCH
And one of a Salt Wagon (Van) here: http://m.ebay.com/itm/Ho-scale-Bachmann-Thomas-and-friends-train-Deluxe-Salt-Wagon-/391354762693?nav=SEARCH
Those listings are just the result of a quick search though, I haven't looked over them thoroughly as such.

~Alex

That sounds about right they where discontinued.

They seem cheap, but I have feeling postage will be ridiculous. That's the part I am concerned about.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 02, 2016, 03:03:46 PM
Thank you Alex, those are the auctions I was referring to.   Upon checking again though, it looks like at the seller does not do international shipping. All the same, eBay or some train shows are the best way to find discontinued products, it's really just a matter of checking regularly and finding something that works out.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 02, 2016, 03:09:17 PM
Brendam Docks will be on one corner of my new layout.There is a water feature there and I would like to have CRANKY there and a cargo ship.I have looked for
HO scale cargo ships,no luck,any ideas??????
STILL HAVING FUN!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on January 02, 2016, 03:10:11 PM
In response to AJW98, I always liked Elsbridge and always thoughts that would be cool to have for a layout, but I've also loved the idea of Brendam Docks as well. But if I ever had the resources what I'd love to make the most is Duck's branchline, I love how it goes by the beach, that'd be harder to do, but there are some more ideas. However with the buildings and such that Bachmann have released Maithwaite is a beautifully done station! Hope that helps!

Edit: But in another note if you want to include the narrow gauge engines in the thought process. I've always liked the part in the forest they pass with the little fence (sorry, can't remember if that has a name) and the sheds the engines primarily used in season 4 as the standard gauge ran right beside itm


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 02, 2016, 03:58:35 PM
Thank you Alex, those are the auctions I was referring to.   Upon checking again though, it looks like at the seller does not do international shipping. All the same, eBay or some train shows are the best way to find discontinued products, it's really just a matter of checking regularly and finding something that works out.

I noticed that too about the no International Shipping so I can't get that. I also noticed the seller the Flatcar Car with Paint Drums and the Cattle Wagon which I also want. It looks like I will never get them.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 02, 2016, 04:27:56 PM
Again, it's a matter of checking consistently to see when the next auction will be posted. It's like what I said to a few people who were obsessing over wanting Gordon's coaches to come back, you would be surprised with what you might find if you keep checking or looking at various stores online.  If not, there are alternatives from Bachmann UK that you can look into that are pretty nice. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 02, 2016, 05:10:44 PM
Again, it's a matter of checking consistently to see when the next auction will be posted. It's like what I said to a few people who were obsessing over wanting Gordon's coaches to come back, you would be surprised with what you might find if you keep checking or looking at various stores online.  If not, there are alternatives from Bachmann UK that you can look into that are pretty nice. 

I would prefer to get the Thomas & Friends items though. I hope they get brought back. When you say people want Gordon's Coaches to come back, are you talking about the Bachammn ones or Hornby's?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 02, 2016, 06:08:15 PM
I was referring to the Bachmann Gordon's coaches.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 02, 2016, 06:26:44 PM
I was referring to the Bachmann Gordon's coaches.

Ah, OK. I do not want to buy Bachmann Gordon's Coaches, but they should be in production as when you Bachmann Gordon, you have nothing for him to pull. It's not too bad if you live in the UK and you have Bachmann Gordon because you can buy Hornby Gordon's Coaches. If you live the USA, you have Bachmamn Gordon and then you have nothing for him to pull, as all he pulls is the Express. I find it very peculiar why Bachmann did this. They may as well had discontinued Gordon!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 03, 2016, 12:26:25 AM
In response to AJW98, I always liked Elsbridge and always thoughts that would be cool to have for a layout, but I've also loved the idea of Brendam Docks as well. But if I ever had the resources what I'd love to make the most is Duck's branchline, I love how it goes by the beach, that'd be harder to do, but there are some more ideas. However with the buildings and such that Bachmann have released Maithwaite is a beautifully done station! Hope that helps!

Edit: But in another note if you want to include the narrow gauge engines in the thought process. I've always liked the part in the forest they pass with the little fence (sorry, can't remember if that has a name) and the sheds the engines primarily used in season 4 as the standard gauge ran right beside itm
Thank you for the suggestions JJ96 :) I don't know the name of the part of the line with the little fence through the forrest, but I think I know what you're talking about :)
Thank you Alex, those are the auctions I was referring to.
No problem Chaz, glad I could be of some help :)

Probably a completely unrelated topic here, but as JJ96 has brought up the topic of the Narrow Gauge engines, I have a question for members of the board, which are your favourite coaches from the Narrow Gauge railway? For example: the Blue and White coaches, the Green and White coaches, the Red Coaches (that had yellow lining), or even the newer CGI coaches?
My personal favourites are the Blue and White Coaches, but I'd like to hear opinions from other members :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 09:24:27 AM
In response to AJW98, I always liked Elsbridge and always thoughts that would be cool to have for a layout, but I've also loved the idea of Brendam Docks as well. But if I ever had the resources what I'd love to make the most is Duck's branchline, I love how it goes by the beach, that'd be harder to do, but there are some more ideas. However with the buildings and such that Bachmann have released Maithwaite is a beautifully done station! Hope that helps!

Edit: But in another note if you want to include the narrow gauge engines in the thought process. I've always liked the part in the forest they pass with the little fence (sorry, can't remember if that has a name) and the sheds the engines primarily used in season 4 as the standard gauge ran right beside itm
Thank you for the suggestions JJ96 :) I don't know the name of the part of the line with the little fence through the forrest, but I think I know what you're talking about :)
Thank you Alex, those are the auctions I was referring to.
No problem Chaz, glad I could be of some help :)

Probably a completely unrelated topic here, but as JJ96 has brought up the topic of the Narrow Gauge engines, I have a question for members of the board, which are your favourite coaches from the Narrow Gauge railway? For example: the Blue and White coaches, the Green and White coaches, the Red Coaches (that had yellow lining), or even the newer CGI coaches?
My personal favourites are the Blue and White Coaches, but I'd like to hear opinions from other members :)

~Alex

My favourite Narrow Gauge Coaches are the Red Coaches. What do the CGI Narrow Gauge Coaches look like?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 03, 2016, 11:05:59 AM
Probably not a good idea to quote such a long post...just a friendly reminder.

It's probably faster to search the Internet yourself (they shouldn't be too hard to find), than to post here, which undoubtedly takes more time as then you have to wait for a response, but here is a page about coaches of the Narrow Gauge railway:
http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Narrow_Gauge_Coaches
You should be able to find the ones used in the CGI series there.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 11:50:21 AM
Probably not a good idea to quote such a long post...just a friendly reminder.

It's probably faster to search the Internet yourself (they shouldn't be too hard to find), than to post here, which undoubtedly takes more time as then you have to wait for a response, but here is a page about coaches of the Narrow Gauge railway:
http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Narrow_Gauge_Coaches
You should be able to find the ones used in the CGI series there.

~Alex

I am sorry about quoting large posts Alex. I still have not learned how to delete part of a large post with it messing the whole thing up. I am very sorry. I do not do it to upset you Alex, or anybody else.

Also, thank you for the link Alex. I always forget that the TTTE Wikia is a good source for information on the Thomas the Tank Engine!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 03, 2016, 12:11:49 PM
Probably not a good idea to quote such a long post...just a friendly reminder.

It's probably faster to search the Internet yourself (they shouldn't be too hard to find), than to post here, which undoubtedly takes more time as then you have to wait for a response, but here is a page about coaches of the Narrow Gauge railway:
http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Narrow_Gauge_Coaches
You should be able to find the ones used in the CGI series there.

~Alex

I am sorry about quoting large posts Alex. I still have not learned how to delete part of a large post with it messing the whole thing up. I am very sorry. I do not do it to upset you Alex, or anybody else.

Also, thank you for the link Alex. I always forget that the TTTE Wikia is a good source for information on the Thomas the Tank Engine!
It's ok :) maybe next time if a quote is very large, don't use a quote in general, unless my response was really far back (which it wasn't) I should be able to understand based off of context that you are responding to me :) you have not upset me, that's why I said it was a friendly reminder.
*******EDIT*******
And actually to be fair I replied from my phone earlier, where that quote looked much larger than it does on my laptop, my apologies on that one, as it's actually not that large of a quote.


Anywayyyyyy, yes, the TTEWikia is a very reliable source of information for all things Thomas and Friends :) they even have a small page about that WWII movie which was talked about a few years back, but then seemingly dropped like a bag full of rocks. It's a shame to me really, I find history fascinating and I'm sure I would've liked the movie, oh well  :-\

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 01:32:10 PM
Probably not a good idea to quote such a long post...just a friendly reminder.

It's probably faster to search the Internet yourself (they shouldn't be too hard to find), than to post here, which undoubtedly takes more time as then you have to wait for a response, but here is a page about coaches of the Narrow Gauge railway:
http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Narrow_Gauge_Coaches
You should be able to find the ones used in the CGI series there.

~Alex

I am sorry about quoting large posts Alex. I still have not learned how to delete part of a large post with it messing the whole thing up. I am very sorry. I do not do it to upset you Alex, or anybody else.

Also, thank you for the link Alex. I always forget that the TTTE Wikia is a good source for information on the Thomas the Tank Engine!
It's ok :) maybe next time if a quote is very large, don't use a quote in general, unless my response was really far back (which it wasn't) I should be able to understand based off of context that you are responding to me :) you have not upset me, that's why I said it was a friendly reminder.
*******EDIT*******
And actually to be fair I replied from my phone earlier, where that quote looked much larger than it does on my laptop, my apologies on that one, as it's actually not that large of a quote.


Anywayyyyyy, yes, the TTEWikia is a very reliable source of information for all things Thomas and Friends :) they even have a small page about that WWII movie which was talked about a few years back, but then seemingly dropped like a bag full of rocks. It's a shame to me really, I find history fascinating and I'm sure I would've liked the movie, oh well  :-\

~Alex

It's OK Alex. Phones display everything smaller as they smaller screens, so the paragraphs look large as they have to go across more lines on a device, such as a phone, to accommodate all the information there on the webpage. I do hate using my phone on this website. It really is difficult too see what you are doing! I use my laptop or my iPad using this website most of all!

Anyway, back to the topic; Yes, I agree Alex. I think the TTTE Wikia (Which seems to have had name change too Thomas & Friends Wikia) is a good source for all things Thomas & Friends. I think personally it the best Wikia website out there, display the best and most information about topic anybody would need. Anything you don't know about Thomas & Friends, the Thomas & Friends Wikia should have it!

Also Alex, I couldn't help noticing that is written like: TTTE Wikia, not like this TTE Wikia this how you wrote it! I am sure we can all forgive you for it though, as we all know it is a typo mistake!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 03, 2016, 05:11:42 PM
TTTE IS CORRECT!!THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE!!!!look it up!!!UPTODAY
TTTE WIKIA
SNOWING IN PORTLAND
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on January 03, 2016, 06:03:42 PM
Probably a completely unrelated topic here, but as JJ96 has brought up the topic of the Narrow Gauge engines, I have a question for members of the board, which are your favourite coaches from the Narrow Gauge railway? For example: the Blue and White coaches, the Green and White coaches, the Red Coaches (that had yellow lining), or even the newer CGI coaches?
My personal favourites are the Blue and White Coaches, but I'd like to hear opinions from other members :)
~Alex
I agree, the white and blue have always looked best in my opinion. If Bachmann is sticking with the CGI style for the Narrow Gauge line however then the red and brown/orange to my knowledge are the only kind of coaches that have been used for that gauge. Again I'd love to see the white and blue made though, along with a blue brakevan. Although maybe this might be better for the 2016 thread, but Bachmann might surprise us all and release two engines? I mean think about it for four or five years two engines were released in HO scale consistently. With Oliver, Toad, and Winston pretty much near completion two Narrow Gauge may not be so farfetched. Maybe Rhenaes and Peter Sam, Rusty, Duncan, or Sit Handel? Maybe even Luke. Point being I'm pretty excited for this year's announcement regardless!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 06:56:27 PM
TTTE IS CORRECT!!THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE!!!!look it up!!!UPTODAY
TTTE WIKIA
SNOWING IN PORTLAND
UPTODAY

I think Alex (AJW98Productions), just made a mistake though UPTODAY.

Probably a completely unrelated topic here, but as JJ96 has brought up the topic of the Narrow Gauge engines, I have a question for members of the board, which are your favourite coaches from the Narrow Gauge railway? For example: the Blue and White coaches, the Green and White coaches, the Red Coaches (that had yellow lining), or even the newer CGI coaches?
My personal favourites are the Blue and White Coaches, but I'd like to hear opinions from other members :)
~Alex
I agree, the white and blue have always looked best in my opinion. If Bachmann is sticking with the CGI style for the Narrow Gauge line however then the red and brown/orange to my knowledge are the only kind of coaches that have been used for that gauge. Again I'd love to see the white and blue made though, along with a blue brakevan. Although maybe this might be better for the 2016 thread, but Bachmann might surprise us all and release two engines? I mean think about it for four or five years two engines were released in HO scale consistently. With Oliver, Toad, and Winston pretty much near completion two Narrow Gauge may not be so farfetched. Maybe Rhenaes and Peter Sam, Rusty, Duncan, or Sit Handel? Maybe even Luke. Point being I'm pretty excited for this year's announcement regardless!

I am looking forward to this year's releases as well JJ96! I am hoping we get Rheneas and even a second Narrow Gauge Locomotive being Sir Handel. I also want the Narrow Gauge Red Coaches and the Narrow Gauge Blue Coaches as soon as possible with a Red Brake Van and a Blue Brake Van to match those sets of coaches. A Grey Brake Van and maybe even a second Brown Brake Van would be nice as well for the Narrow Gauge Wagon's.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 07:00:16 PM
I got another Video Uploaded on YouTube earlier today as well of my Test Run Videos. This one is of Hornby James pulling his two Hornby Coaches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJFB6ZaDeDY/.

Please share your thoughts about it below. Thank you.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 03, 2016, 08:13:54 PM
Hi,Jacob,another nice video and excellent models!!!!I thought I saw a little bit of snow on Hornby mountain!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 08:16:12 PM
Hi,Jacob,another nice video and excellent models!!!!I thought I saw a little bit of snow on Hornby mountain!!!!!
UPTODAY

Thank you UPTODAY. HAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hornby Mountain will be moved soon, then you will have nothing to complain about!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 03, 2016, 08:22:02 PM
Mr. WILSON,is your peco track noisy without any(cork)roadbed?My plastic roadbed is noisy,but I do not have a mountain,like you,to absorb the sound!!
JUST SAYING,
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 08:24:51 PM
Mr. WILSON,is your peco track noisy without any(cork)roadbed?My plastic roadbed is noisy,but I do not have a mountain,like you,to absorb the sound!!
JUST SAYING,
UPTODAY

No Mr. UPTODAY, the cork underlay is not noisy. I have it there to give my layout a nice smooth finish feel, and no, that is not the reason why Hornby Mountain is there, as there are no noises! These Hornby Mountain jokes are going to stop with you, are they UPTODAY?!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 03, 2016, 08:35:15 PM
So sorry,I did not see the roadbed,all I saw was the grey paint.I will have my eyes checked soon,no joke,and no more mountain jokes.
I will come up with something else to pick on!
humbly yours,UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 08:38:20 PM
So sorry,I did not see the roadbed,all I saw was the grey paint.I will have my eyes checked soon,no joke,and no more mountain jokes.
I will come up with something else to pick on!
humbly yours,UPTODAY

It's fine UPTODAY. Yes, the grey paint is to represent ballast. I am sure you will come up with some new jokes because to the Bachmann Trains Forum, you officially know as The Joker or The Riddler! I have already had a series of Lavender / Purple Brake Van and Hornby Mountain jokes given too me, so lord knows what jokes you will have next!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 03, 2016, 08:43:21 PM
Hi everyone,no one answered my question about ho scale cargo ships.I guess Im on my own?
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 03, 2016, 08:45:09 PM
Hi everyone,no one answered my question about ho scale cargo ships.I guess Im on my own?
UPTODAY

I have never came across any HO Gauge or OO Gauge ships before. What sort of ship are you looking for? Are you after some sort of plastic kit or diecast model?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 03, 2016, 08:54:41 PM
hi everyone,on the tv series i saw a cargo or lumber ship at Brendam docks,a wood ship with cranes and a pointed bow.I found a model like this at Sylvan models,
it is $195.00!!,thats not going to happen.Probably have to settle for something else.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on January 03, 2016, 11:08:32 PM
Hi everyone,no one answered my question about ho scale cargo ships.I guess Im on my own?
UPTODAY
Unfortunately HO/OO cargo ships are not a very common sight, they are usually more common in scales closer to N scale, mainly for the fact that otherwise, the ships would be so very large. I mean when one thinks about how big these kinds of ships are in real life, any HO/OO ship would be so large that they would easily dwarf any HO/OO engine model.

As for your more recent question, I don't recall seeing that cargo ship at Brendam Docks, however I could very easily be wrong. Also, even though I currently can't afford this model, and don't even have stay out to place it on, would you mind sending me the link in a personal message, UPTODAY? If it's not too much trouble that is.

Ah, yes JJ96 you do have a point, I probably should've asked that in the 2016 predictions thread...oh well, no harm done, right? Anyway just one last point before I move this discussion to the 2016 thread, is that (to me at least), whilst I think from memory they haven't appeared since Season 10, the Blue and White Coaches (along with their matching Blue Brakevan), provide superb colour contrast to Skarloey and Rheneas especially (and most people seem to think that we'll get Rheneas as our next new Narrow Gauge engine). Also these coaches have the added benefit of looking closer to the coaches used in the Railway Series, than any other Narrow Gauge TV series rolling stock. However outside of colour contrast, unless they miraculously re-appear in CGI, I think their appeal to younger fans will be slightly more limited.

On another point, I originally only intended for users to share their thoughts on their favourite Narrow Gauge Coaches, not to start predicting next year's range...whoops, but oh well. Perhaps I should've seen that coming, I'll shift this question to the 2016 predictions thread in the meantime.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on January 04, 2016, 04:33:18 PM
Ah, yes JJ96 you do have a point, I probably should've asked that in the 2016 predictions thread...oh well, no harm done, right? Anyway just one last point before I move this discussion to the 2016 thread, is that (to me at least), whilst I think from memory they haven't appeared since Season 10, the Blue and White Coaches (along with their matching Blue Brakevan), provide superb colour contrast to Skarloey and Rheneas especially (and most people seem to think that we'll get Rheneas as our next new Narrow Gauge engine). Also these coaches have the added benefit of looking closer to the coaches used in the Railway Series, than any other Narrow Gauge TV series rolling stock. However outside of colour contrast, unless they miraculously re-appear in CGI, I think their appeal to younger fans will be slightly more limited.

On another point, I originally only intended for users to share their thoughts on their favourite Narrow Gauge Coaches, not to start predicting next year's range...whoops, but oh well. Perhaps I should've seen that coming, I'll shift this question to the 2016 predictions thread in the meantime.

~Alex
No no no, I was saying I should've put my little can't in the 2016 thread, what you put in this thread was fine! Sorry about that.
On a side note I watched Blue Mtn Mystery two days ago and I didn't think it was that bad, could it have been better? Yeah, but not bad.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 05, 2016, 01:24:11 AM
To those of you who would be interested, the round water tower has made it on eBay and I might look into getting one at some point.  I'm surprised Bachmann put this in the blister packaging.  

(http://puu.sh/mk7tG/0ad647814b.jpg)  

The green mail car and the celebration Thomas are also listed with pictures of their packaging shown too.  

(http://puu.sh/mk7pa/795656a336.jpg)

(http://puu.sh/mk7xw/7ebf3c9276.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 05, 2016, 03:39:41 AM
I have seen those pictures of Celebration Thomas and the Green Mail Car. I didn't see the Round Water Tower one.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 05, 2016, 02:40:24 PM
WOW!I love that round water tank!AND under $20.00 here in the USA!Im going to buy two of them.Maybe paint one a different color.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 05, 2016, 03:10:39 PM
WOW!I love that round water tank!AND under $20.00 here in the USA!Im going to buy two of them.Maybe paint one a different color.
UPTODAY

Good buy UPTODAY. Are they good with detail and worth getting?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 05, 2016, 03:46:35 PM
have not seen the water tank in person yet.maybe two weeks.The wheels of progress are slow at the hobby shop.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 05, 2016, 03:58:08 PM
have not seen the water tank in person yet.maybe two weeks.The wheels of progress are slow at the hobby shop.
UPTODAY

Have them in or something then? Which hobby shop do you go too?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 05, 2016, 04:53:42 PM
All my Bachmann range comes from The Whistle Stop in Portland Oregon,best hobby shop around!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 05, 2016, 05:08:56 PM
All my Bachmann range comes from The Whistle Stop in Portland Oregon,best hobby shop around!!!!
UPTODAY

Is it quite a cheap shop, or expensive? Maybe The Whistle Stop is the best hobby shop in the USA, but the best in the UK is Hatton's in Liverpool!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 05, 2016, 05:33:10 PM
been buying stuff since the seventies,good prices,nice people,they even like me ,the old joker!!!I been trying to get them to stock more THOMAS stuff.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 05, 2016, 05:36:47 PM
been buying stuff since the seventies,good prices,nice people,they even like me ,the old joker!!!I been trying to get them to stock more THOMAS stuff.
UPTODAY

Oh, wow! It's a popular and big business if they have been open since the 1970's. You are an OLD Joker!*

Do they not stock much Bachamnn Thomas & Friends products?

*I do not mean to harm or hurt your feelings, UPTODAY. This just a continuation of the usual fun and banter me and have with our jokes. I am sorry if I did hurt your feelings, but I do not post it too do that.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 05, 2016, 06:58:33 PM
Building my new THOMAS $ FRIENDS layout will take a while,have not figured out the scenery yet!!
I MIGHT BE OLD,BUT AT LEAST IM SLOW.!!!!!!HOW SLOW CAN YOU GO???????????
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 05, 2016, 07:25:15 PM
Building my new THOMAS $ FRIENDS layout will take a while,have not figured out the scenery yet!!
I MIGHT BE OLD,BUT AT LEAST IM SLOW.!!!!!!HOW SLOW CAN YOU GO???????????
UPTODAY

I think you mean and like this; &, not a dollar symbol like this: $!

I am not slow, like Old Slow Coach, UPTODAY!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on January 05, 2016, 10:34:02 PM
To those of you who would be interested, the round water tower has made it on eBay and I might look into getting one at some point.  I'm surprised Bachmann put this in the blister packaging.   

(http://puu.sh/mk7tG/0ad647814b.jpg) 

The green mail car and the celebration Thomas are also listed with pictures of their packaging shown too. 

(http://puu.sh/mk7pa/795656a336.jpg)

(http://puu.sh/mk7xw/7ebf3c9276.jpg)
Anyway, back to everything Thomas, I really enjoy the look of the round water tower! I might pick that up (once I get money lol) and I'm really surprised how much I like that green mail car, for something I don't remember in the show (please correct me if I'm wrong!) I really like it and I feel like that green color is a big part of it! Celebration Thomas, I like it, I really do, and it would be a must buy if it had a CGI face. But on it's own I like the metallic color and banners! It really is nice! Thank you for posting these!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on January 05, 2016, 11:44:34 PM
Really disappointed that they used the blister packaging for the Water Tower, considering that all the Resin Buildings are in boxes, I really wish that they would make the switch with any new products and put in in boxes, like Skarloey.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 06, 2016, 03:42:29 AM
Really disappointed that they used the blister packaging for the Water Tower, considering that all the Resin Buildings are in boxes, I really wish that they would make the switch with any new products and put in in boxes, like Skarloey.

That's true actually. A decent detailing accessory like that Round Water Tower should come in a box, not the blister packs. It seems that the standard smaller items in the Bachmann Thomas & Friends HO range and the Bachmann Chuggington HO range, blister packs seem to be the main sort of packaging.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 06, 2016, 07:47:24 PM
Hi everyone,bachmanns blister pack seems to be aimed at 14 and younger crowd.they can not get there hands on the actual product!!!
Us adults get bloody fingers trying to open the darn thing!!!
THATS ALL
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 06, 2016, 07:52:56 PM
Hi everyone,bachmanns blister pack seems to be aimed at 14 and younger crowd.they can not get there hands on the actual product!!!
Us adults get bloody fingers trying to open the darn thing!!!
THATS ALL
UPTODAY

I agree the UPTODAY. I hate the blister packs. The amount of times I have cut myself trying to open them is uncountable! The product is supposed to be childproof, but the packaging is isn't. it doesn't matter how you open it whether you cut it open with a pair of scissors or even chew it open it, it still sharp and not child friendly.

I like to keep packaging for model railway items anyway, and these blister packs once opened, are not keepable! I just have a stack of the cardboard sleeves put in a draw, of my proof I own the items I own.

I do hope Bachmann read this, because it really is time for a change. Please blister packs for model railway and products that are supposed to be child friendly is not on.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: MeganekkoFury1126 on January 06, 2016, 10:41:42 PM
You'd actually be surprised. I've been able to keep every blister pack that came with an engine or car. You just need a small box cutter to cut around the edge, but only three quarters around the product.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on January 06, 2016, 11:24:58 PM
I have never cut myself while opening Bachmann's packaging. Oh, and on a completely different note, Flying Scotsman will appear in The Great Race, which was confirmed due to the upcoming TrackMaster model of him. I wonder if he will have one tender or two tenders?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 07, 2016, 03:42:45 AM
You'd actually be surprised. I've been able to keep every blister pack that came with an engine or car. You just need a small box cutter to cut around the edge, but only three quarters around the product.

That's how I open them, but the packaging is still and not nice too keep.

I have never cut myself while opening Bachmann's packaging. Oh, and on a completely different note, Flying Scotsman will appear in The Great Race, which was confirmed due to the upcoming TrackMaster model of him. I wonder if he will have one tender or two tenders?

I wonder how he will look with the colours etc. I hope his face will be similar to the Hornby Thomas Flying Scotsman face. I am interested in what he will look like.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 08, 2016, 05:52:13 PM
Has anybody bought the Bachmann Thomas & Friends 77018 Green Mail Car yet? If anybody has, please could they take some photos of it and post them in this Thread please? It will be nice to see some pictures of the Green Mail Car in real life, out of the blister pack.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JLK2707 on January 09, 2016, 07:27:01 AM
The newest products look just so cool! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 09, 2016, 08:52:26 AM
The newest products look just so cool! :)

Yes, they do!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 12, 2016, 03:08:34 PM
Hi everyone got my #00696SALTY DOCKSIDE SET!!SO now I have THOMAS,ANNIE,CLARABELLE,SALTY,6TON WAGON,RASPBERRY TANKER,AND THE SALT WAGON!!!!
YES<I am having fun now,running both trains on the test loop together!!!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 12, 2016, 03:16:40 PM
Hi everyone got my #00696SALTY DOCKSIDE SET!!SO now I have THOMAS,ANNIE,CLARABELLE,SALTY,6TON WAGON,RASPBERRY TANKER,AND THE SALT WAGON!!!!
YES<I am having fun now,running both trains on the test loop together!!!!!!!
UPTODAY

I am sure you are Steve (UPTODAY). I wish had the Salt Wagon and the 6 Ton Wagon in my collection.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 13, 2016, 07:15:26 AM
Oh, and on a completely different note, Flying Scotsman will appear in The Great Race, which was confirmed due to the upcoming TrackMaster model of him. I wonder if he will have one tender or two tenders?

Everything I have read about the special does not make any mention of Scotsman. Just because he has a new Trackmaster model being released doesn't necessarily mean he is to be included in the special, as much as I would love him to be!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 13, 2016, 10:08:17 AM
Oh, and on a completely different note, Flying Scotsman will appear in The Great Race, which was confirmed due to the upcoming TrackMaster model of him. I wonder if he will have one tender or two tenders?

Everything I have read about the special does not make any mention of Scotsman. Just because he has a new Trackmaster model being released doesn't necessarily mean he is to be included in the special, as much as I would love him to be!

I do hope that Flying Scotsman will be in this years Thomas & Friends Feature Length Special, but if there is nothing on the Internet saying this, then where did TrainMan2001 get this information from?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 13, 2016, 03:02:58 PM
Hi everyone,having trouble with my new wagons and tanker car.The wheel sets keep coming out of the side frames.What should I do???
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 13, 2016, 04:52:28 PM
Hi everyone,having trouble with my new wagons and tanker car.The wheel sets keep coming out of the side frames.What should I do???
UPTODAY

Which Wagon's are those? Surely you can push the frames together so they hold the wheels properly?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on January 13, 2016, 06:25:12 PM
Where did TrainMan2001 get this information from?
[/quote]
A salesman from the other forum I am part of got an e-mail from Mattel that said they would make Flying Scotsman this year, and since he never completely appeared in the show yet, and that The Great Race has engines of different nationalities for the race, it would be safe to assume that Flying Scotsman will appear in it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 13, 2016, 07:12:57 PM
Where did TrainMan2001 get this information from?
A salesman from the other forum I am part of got an e-mail from Mattel that said they would make Flying Scotsman this year, and since he never completely appeared in the show yet, and that The Great Race has engines of different nationalities for the race, it would be safe to assume that Flying Scotsman will appear in it.
[/quote]

That is information I believe. I would be surprised if somebody on this Forum replies below not believing what you have written there, TrainMan2001.

The Great Race is obviously to do with some sort of race, and I am pretty sure the Engines taking part in it will be Gordon, Spencer, Caitlin and Connor. If Mattel have confirmed that they are releasing a Flying Scotsman die-cast toy later in the year, then there must be a reference somewhere why they would produce this product. With the Feature Length Special called 'The Great Race', it is of course the perfect time for the Flying Scotsman to appear in the TV Series, so for Mattel to produce this Flying Scotsman die-cast toy, he must be making an appearance and as we all know, the Flying Scotsman is a record-breaking fast steam locomotive, so The Great Race would be a perfect appearance for the Flying Scotsman to appear in.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 13, 2016, 08:08:07 PM
Hi,everyone,I tried squeezing the frames together but it only works temperarly .Should I try clamping them over night????


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 13, 2016, 08:18:33 PM
Hi,everyone,I tried squeezing the frames together but it only works temperarly .Should I try clamping them over night????

Maybe clamping them together might work over night. I can't see why it wouldn't work. If it does not work, I think you should try that and if it does not then send the Train Set back where you bought it from and buy another somewhere else or you could even contact Bachmann themselves about it, with the batch number. You mihgjt have a bought your Train Set that came form a dodgy batch.

With out accessing what is wrong though in real life, it is not easy to picture the problem. I am only suggesting Steve (UPTODAY), my personal opinion of what I think from the information you have given.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 13, 2016, 08:36:21 PM
Jacob,you can see that the side frames are warped(like my mind)out ,away from the axle ends will try the 6ton wagon over night, with clamps,if that does not work I will
smash it with a hammer and throw it in garbage!!!!!!!!!
STEVE


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 13, 2016, 08:47:02 PM
Steve - seeing as how your purchase was recent Bachmann can send you a free replacement for your rolling stock.  If not, the Great Train Expo is this weekend in Portland and I have seen some stands sell some Bachmann products including ones that are discontinued.  If you are planning to come this weekend I would advise you to check things out over there.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 13, 2016, 09:06:02 PM
I'm still not convinced that Flying Scotsman will make an appearance. Both Ertl and Hornby released full models of Scotsman after his tenders appeared in the TV show, as did the original Wooden Railway. Never assume anything.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 14, 2016, 12:14:24 PM
I'm still not convinced that Flying Scotsman will make an appearance. Both Ertl and Hornby released full models of Scotsman after his tenders appeared in the TV show, as did the original Wooden Railway. Never assume anything.

Yes, ERTL and Hornby have both released 'Thomas' Flying Scotsman's, and I have the Hornby 'Thomas' Flying Scotsman.

I knew that it is not best to assume that the Flying Scltsman will be in The Great Race, but I hope he is, as this new Feature Length Special is the perfect opportunity for HiT Entertainment to put him in the TV series.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 14, 2016, 05:05:19 PM
Hi,everyone,clamped the side frames over night,It appears to have worked.SALT WAGON IS NEXT!
PS;I got a station kit today and some electrical switches for my control panel.
HAVING LOTS OF FUN
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 14, 2016, 05:20:12 PM
Hi,everyone,clamped the side frames over night,It appears to have worked.SALT WAGON IS NEXT!
PS;I got a station kit today and some electrical switches for my control panel.
HAVING LOTS OF FUN
UPTODAY

I am glad to hear that clamping the sides together has worked.

Which Station kit is that?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 14, 2016, 07:08:50 PM
Hi,everyone,the station kit I got is a non THOMAS product.Jacob will scold me about this,and Alex will say its your layout , do what ever you want!!
Station is the Walthers Clarksville depot.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 14, 2016, 07:17:43 PM
Hey to each their own. I know someone who has used the Heljan roundhouse Kit rather than the tidmouth sheds kit, simply because A) it's cheaper, and B) it looks more lifelike. And the Knapford station kit is shocking. Personally I will be using standard Hornby platforms (or the Bachmann Great Central platforms, haven't decided yet) and the Peco over roof kits. Far better looking in my mind.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 14, 2016, 07:38:16 PM
Hey to each their own. I know someone who has used the Heljan roundhouse Kit rather than the tidmouth sheds kit, simply because A) it's cheaper, and B) it looks more lifelike. And the Knapford station kit is shocking. Personally I will be using standard Hornby platforms (or the Bachmann Great Central platforms, haven't decided yet) and the Peco over roof kits. Far better looking in my mind.

UPTODAY has bought another Sheds Kit instead of Tidmouth Sheds. He has told me about it other the Threads and by sending me a Personal Message many times and keeping me updated with new changes and progress he has made.

In what way is Bachmann Tidmouth Sheds shocking, Titanic5972?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 14, 2016, 09:59:01 PM
That's just my own opinion. They look far too toylike to me. The same with Knapford Station.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 15, 2016, 05:06:10 AM
That's just my own opinion. They look far too toylike to me. The same with Knapford Station.

In what way do Bachmann Tidmouth Sheds and Knapford Station look toy-like? They don't look like toys too me.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 15, 2016, 02:18:29 PM
Like I said, just my own opinion. I'm not telling anyone how they should feel towards them. Knapford station is completely wrong for a start. Meant to be 2 tracks between each platform and only 1 fits with Bachmanns model. The colours on both the station and sheds are far too vibrant and bright. Should be a lot duller and subdued.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 15, 2016, 04:26:52 PM
Like I said, just my own opinion. I'm not telling anyone how they should feel towards them. Knapford station is completely wrong for a start. Meant to be 2 tracks between each platform and only 1 fits with Bachmanns model. The colours on both the station and sheds are far too vibrant and bright. Should be a lot duller and subdued.

I agree actually. There are supposed to be two tracks between each platform at Knapford Station. With the Bachmann Knapford Station having bright colours, Bachmann may have done this too make it look better and to give more appeal of it too the public to get people to buy it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on January 16, 2016, 01:22:59 PM
Congrats Bachmann Trains!  Skarloey was featured and reviewed in this month's Railway Modeller in the UK.

Seems you've released a hit!  8)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CY2r0rcWYAEjbJG.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 16, 2016, 01:44:14 PM
Congrats Bachmann Trains!  Skarloey was featured and reviewed in this month's Railway Modeller in the UK.

Seems you've released a hit!  8)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CY2r0rcWYAEjbJG.jpg)


Thank you for posting this BassTbone. I must get this! Is that January 2016 or the February 2016 printed on the front cover?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on January 16, 2016, 06:00:53 PM
Very well received indeed!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 18, 2016, 04:42:31 PM
Hi,everyone,my supplier in the USA has 14 THOMAS & FRIENDS items on BACK ORDER.Engines and wagons.Hurry up and wait!!!Its a little bit nerve racking!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 18, 2016, 05:20:03 PM
Hi,everyone,my supplier in the USA has 14 THOMAS & FRIENDS items on BACK ORDER.Engines and wagons.Hurry up and wait!!!Its a little bit nerve racking!!!
UPTODAY

Which Bachmann Thomas & Friends products has your supplier ordered in, and what are you looking to buy Steve (UPTODAY)?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 18, 2016, 06:20:07 PM
The following items I want to order are on BACKORDER,UNKNOWN.58742PERCY,58743JAMES,76040mail cars(2)77025T/T#3,77043cargo cars(4),and 77045brake vans(2).NO PURPLE!
PERPLEXED IN PORTLAND,
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 18, 2016, 06:35:41 PM
The following items I want to order are on BACKORDER,UNKNOWN.58742PERCY,58743JAMES,76040mail cars(2)77025T/T#3,77043cargo cars(4),and 77045brake vans(2).NO PURPLE!
PERPLEXED IN PORTLAND,
UPTODAY

You do not own Percy or James yet?

Have you already got any Red Mail Coaches?

You should get the Cargo Cars / Trucks. I have x3 and they are nice.

The Brake Van is nice as well. Good! No Purple Brake Van's! This joke is never going to get old, is it with you Steve (UPTODAY)?!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 18, 2016, 07:12:16 PM
Still waiting for my local hobby shop to tally up my n scale trade ins.have got about $920.00 worth of product so far,hoping for another$500.00 for thomas engines and wagons.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 18, 2016, 07:15:29 PM
Still waiting for my local hobby shop to tally up my n scale trade ins.have got about $920.00 worth of product so far,hoping for another$500.00 for thomas engines and wagons.
UPTODAY

That is a lot of many too spend Steve (UPTODAY). You must have quite a bit of money! I wish I had that sort of money to go the model shop with, and buy everything I have ever wanted!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 18, 2016, 07:36:38 PM
I cant wait until Bachmann comes out with the PURPLE steam engine,CHARLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!.Jacob Wilson will buy the first one!!!!!
I WILL BUY THE SECOND ONE!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 18, 2016, 08:50:45 PM
I cant wait until Bachmann comes out with the PURPLE steam engine,CHARLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!.Jacob Wilson will buy the first one!!!!!
I WILL BUY THE SECOND ONE!!
UPTODAY

To be honest with you now Steve (UPTODAY), if Bachmann or Hornby released Charlie, I would buy him. I like him. He is a good character. However, I would not buy a Purple Brake Van because that is a silly colour for a piece of Rolling Stock, especially for a Brake Van!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on January 19, 2016, 09:56:54 AM
Does anyone know the season where the sodor fuel tanker and the oil tanker first appeared?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 19, 2016, 10:10:19 AM
Does anyone know the season where the sodor fuel tanker and the oil tanker first appeared?

The Thomas & Friends Wikia (Previously known as TTTE Wikia) should have this information.

Update:

Sodor Fuel Tankers: First appeared in Series 1.

Oil Tankers: First appeared in Series 6.

Please do not count on this information, as I have no idea of it true, but this is what I believe.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 22, 2016, 04:43:06 PM
Congrats Bachmann Trains!  Skarloey was featured and reviewed in this month's Railway Modeller in the UK.

Seems you've released a hit!  8)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CY2r0rcWYAEjbJG.jpg)

Just to let anybody know who lives in the UK who wants to read this article, it is in Railway Modeller Volume 67 No. 784 - February 2016 issue. I know this information as I bought it in my local Sainsbury's superstore and they had about 8 copies on the shelf, so there are shops that still stock them. The next Issue gets released on Thursday 11th February 2016, so you have until this date* too pick up a copy.

*While stocks last, of course!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 23, 2016, 09:44:48 PM
Layout update.My THOMAS & FRIENDS 4'x9' layout has most of the track layed,except for the staging (branch line)area.railroad will have 16blocks,dc only.7blocks for the turntable and
9 other blocks.control panel is next.!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 24, 2016, 05:01:31 AM
Layout update.My THOMAS & FRIENDS 4'x9' layout has most of the track layed,except for the staging (branch line)area.railroad will have 16blocks,dc only.7blocks for the turntable and
9 other blocks.control panel is next.!!!!
UPTODAY

For the branchline on your layout, Thomas with Annie and Clarabel and different service with another Locomotive pulling the Red Branchline Coaches will be perfect!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 24, 2016, 02:33:26 PM
I have not finalized the track plan for the branch line,which is actually a 10.5'x7" base behind the isleway,mounted on the wall.It can have two long dead end sidings or it can be connected at the end with a turnout,making a run around track.
Comments????UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 24, 2016, 02:53:59 PM
I have not finalized the track plan for the branch line,which is actually a 10.5'x7" base behind the isleway,mounted on the wall.It can have two long dead end sidings or it can be connected at the end with a turnout,making a run around track.
Comments????UPTODAY

When you say turnout, do you mean point Steve (UPTODAY)?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 24, 2016, 06:14:57 PM
Point,turnout,switch,switch points,flipper flapper,'they all mean the same thing!!!!
Also got my control panel shelf mounted It is 12"x48".Going to use Atlas Products controls.
UPTODAY

PS;Also using two MRC power packs.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 24, 2016, 06:16:54 PM
Point,turnout,switch,switch points,flipper flapper,'they all mean the same thing!!!!
Also got my control panel shelf mounted It is 12"x48".Going to use Atlas Products controls.
UPTODAY

PS;Also using two MRC power packs.

Yes, I suppose they do all mean the same thing, but my personal name for them are points!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 30, 2016, 05:49:31 PM
Hi,everyone,working on wiring on the layout,waiting for the rest of my track order,for the branch line mostly.Need to install my turntable and round house next.
HAVING FUN!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 30, 2016, 06:36:04 PM
Hi,everyone,working on wiring on the layout,waiting for the rest of my track order,for the branch line mostly.Need to install my turntable and round house next.
HAVING FUN!!!!
UPTODAY

Is the round house your cheaper replacement for the Bachmann Tidmouth Sheds?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on January 30, 2016, 07:06:16 PM
YES!the round house and turntable are Atlas models.
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 30, 2016, 07:14:07 PM
YES!the round house and turntable are Atlas models.
UPTODAY

Is this a different manufacture called Atlas you are talking about, because in the UK, there is a diecast model manufacture called Atlas Editions, who have different model collections going where they sell there models on a continuous monthly loop lasting around 3 years each?

I signed up to receive the Eddie Stobart collection back in 2012, of the famous Carlisle based trucks in the UK, with girl's names on the front. I am also a huge fan and 'Spotter' of this as well!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 30, 2016, 07:51:23 PM
Atlas is another manufacture that makes HO, O, and N scale models that usually sell in shops to the US. 

I also don't see the point of mentioning the Eddie Stobart things either since that has nothing to do with Thomas or model railroading.  Remember to please stay on topic.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on January 30, 2016, 07:54:48 PM
Atlas is another manufacture that makes HO, O, and N scale models that usually sell in shops to the US. 

I also don't see the point of mentioning the Eddie Stobart things either since that has nothing to do with Thomas or model railroading.  Remember to please stay on topic.

I will have to look into this Atlas. I am not sure if I have heard of it.

I know talking about Eddie Stobart was off topic, but I was trying to explain my point of mentioning Atlas Editions.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on February 05, 2016, 12:31:35 AM
Can't help but notice 2 topics from a fellow member that have been deleted. Was there a reason for this?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 05, 2016, 05:36:47 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #430 By Rickenbacker 325: That is a good point. One of them was the Large Scale Thomas thread. I cannot understand why that was deleted?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 05, 2016, 03:16:25 PM
Why does Bachmann still offer Gordon ,but not his coaches.Is Gordon supposed to pull the garbage train now???
JUST SAYING
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 05, 2016, 03:40:26 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #432 By UPTODAY: "Bust my buffers" Steve, you do make me laugh! That was funny. I do agree though and it a good point because you buy Bachmann Gordon, but there is nothing for him to pull, as they have discontinued his Coaches. As we all know, Gordon only pulls Coaches, trucks if his made to, by Sir Topham Hatt!

I guess the advantage of living in the UK, if you have Bachmann Gordon, you could buy the Hornby Gordon's Coaches.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 05, 2016, 04:22:31 PM
Hi everyone,I sure hope the Bachmann sales people read these threads,they need to bring back Gordons coaches,and god only knows what else!!!!!
JUST SAYING
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 05, 2016, 04:24:56 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #434 By UPTODAY: They need to bring back all the discontinued Rolling Stock because I am missing it all, and I really want it!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: SportyPup on February 05, 2016, 05:50:31 PM
Hey, on my railroad, Gordon pulls red coaches or Emily's coaches.  It's inaccurate, but I like branch line coaches more than mainline ones, so it works for me ;)

I don't see Gordon being discontinued… ever.  A lot of the time he's a better seller than Thomas himself!  The ONLY character that has ever outsold Thomas!  It's good because Gordon is my favorite model (Bill/Ben and Donald/Douglas coming close second and third).  Frankly, I can see the express coaches returning to circulation before Gordon is removed :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 05, 2016, 06:20:21 PM
Sportypup,good reply!I learn something new every day on this forum.
JUST SAYING
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 05, 2016, 06:36:38 PM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #436 By SportyPup and ^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #437 By UPTODAY: This is a new one SportyPup. I have never heard of Gordon pulling Branchline Coaches before! I do not recommend you put Branchline Coaches behind Gordon Steve (UPTODAY). They are in-accurate and Gordon will look daft pulling them.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Parva Productions on February 05, 2016, 07:37:28 PM
Why can't he just run whatever coaches he wants? It's his layout and his trains, I don't see what gives you the divine right to dictate to others what they can and can't run on their own personal layout.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on February 05, 2016, 08:10:08 PM
The most important rule in model-railroading, your railroad your rules.  If he wants to run Gordon with those coaches that's his personal decision, not yours.  I think there are alternatives out there that would work fine if people want coaches that would be suitable for Gordon because the Bachmann express coaches were discontinued for being so expensive.  Seeing as how Spencer's coach may get discontinued this year based on not being on the Bachmann web store, this proves my point even further.

I also don't see why Bachmann would discontinue Gordon either just because his coaches got discontinued.  Especially when he is literally their current best seller.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 05, 2016, 08:18:30 PM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #439 By Parva Productions and ^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #440 By Chaz: Yes, I do know that it is SportyPup's own personal choice to run Gordon with Branchline Coaches, but I was just saying that is not realistic for Gordon to pull these coaches and I do not recommend it. It is not something I would do, but SportyPup can do this if he wants too.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 05, 2016, 08:28:57 PM
Seriously, Jacob? Again? Why are you doing this? If Sporty Pup wants to use branchline coaches with Gordon, how does that have ANYTHING to do with you? Why do you continue causing arguments here when it's been communicated more than once that you NEED TO STOP? And when you do (inevitably, I guess) cause an argument why don't you ever just let it go? STOP BRINGING IT UP.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on February 05, 2016, 08:35:13 PM
... but I was just saying that is not realistic for Gordon to pull these coaches...

They are also trains with faces = not realistic.   ;D


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 05, 2016, 08:38:42 PM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #442 By Racing James!: I am not causing an argument. I do not like these arguments. I do not why everybody thinks I am doing this, because I am not. Please can everybody please stop think I am trying to cause arguments, as this is not true and it upsets me that User's think this? I would just like everybody to let this arguing thing go please, because I want to move on from it and forget about it, but it hard for me to do this with people randomly jumping to conclusions think I am trying to cause arguments. I just want to be forgiven for what I have done in the past and I want it to be forgotten about, as I am trying my best to be more mature while using this Forum and I would like to be given a little more chance. Thank you for your cooperation.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on February 05, 2016, 08:54:39 PM
Most of the engines' bright colorful inauthentic liveries aren't realistic either.

Anyway...
If Bachmann happens to discontinue rolling stock from their Thomas range, there's other alternatives. There's a handful of particular modellers out there that turn to other ranges that market British model trains.
Hornby has brought back their Express Coaches when they revived their Thomas range.
Also for freight/goods wagons, I would suggest turning to Dapol or Branchlines, and repainting them into Thomas-esque colors.
These are decent alternatives to Bachmann's discountined Thomas rolling stock.

Isn't that also the thing about "Modelling"?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 05, 2016, 09:01:19 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #445 By Metal: I never really find the time though to do painting, and I can never find paint that look-like Thomas colours. I find it difficult and the finish you get is never the factory finish look.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 05, 2016, 09:33:21 PM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #436 By SportyPup and ^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #437 By UPTODAY:  I do not recommend you put Branchline Coaches behind Gordon Steve (UPTODAY). They are in-accurate and Gordon will look daft pulling them.

This was unnecessary for you to say, and ended up causing an argument. Do not act like you don't and just stop doing it!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 06, 2016, 12:43:38 AM
Hey,I think Gordon would look good pulling Spencers coaches!!!!
UPTODAY

ps;personal opinion,not an argument!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JLK2707 on February 06, 2016, 05:58:26 AM
Excuse me if this seems off-topic, but I am just wondering if Edward's windows were ever rounded or were always the shape that they are now.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 06:12:04 AM
^^^ Above 3 Replies - @Reply #447 By Racing James!: I did not say it to cause an argument and I would like User's to not think that I do it on purpose and to not tell me off for something I have not done, because it really upsets me. I got upset last Racing James!, that you jumped to a conclusion and told me off for something that I did not do.

^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #448 By UPTODAY: Yes, I agree with you Steve, that Gordon would look good with Spencer's Special Coach. In November 2011, I bought the Bachmann Spencer's Special Coach but in 2012, Hornby released Spencer's Coaches themselves, so I bought these for my Hornby Spencer, and I now use the Bachmann Spencer's Special Coach for my Hornby Gordon, as Gordon's Special Coach.

Yes, thank you Steve. It was my personal opinion and not an argument.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 06, 2016, 06:18:36 AM
Excuse me if this seems off-topic, but I am just wondering if Edward's windows were ever rounded or were always the shape that they are now.

I believe they were always the shape they are now.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JJ96 on February 06, 2016, 12:16:48 PM
I haven't logged on in awhile, but I've often glanced to see what's been going on here on the forums. Here's the fact of the matter, there's been a LOT of pointless arguments. This is a place for people to give opinions! That is completely okay! It shouldn't be a place to ridicule the opinions of others. Friendly suggestions, sure, but people have a right to do things their own way. And if you get upset, don't draw attention to yourself, try to clarify your point or simply message the person instead of making a bigger deal than needed. This should be a place we get to talk about our childhood memories and love of the show and products. Have fun! Just be respectful.

Now on a personal note here, guys, this is a BACHMANN forum, not a Hornby one, respect the company. Besides in my personal opinion Bachmann's models are more show accurate anyway. Now talking about PECO for the NG line I understand since there is a partnership there, but come on guys, a little unity.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 12:55:10 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #452 By JJ96: Ah yes, here is a person who knows that Forums are for people to share their opinions to others of the same interest. This is what I have been trying to do all along and all this time, since I registered on this Forum.

I am sure we all know that this site is a Bachmann Forum.

In the meantime at least, it nice to have a former User come back, and hopefully to stay this time! Welcome back here, JJ96.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: SportyPup on February 06, 2016, 01:13:20 PM
I'm not afraid of controversial opinions, bring it on!  I'm used to it being in the customer service industry ;)

Since Gordon is such a good seller, does anyone think it's possible that we could get a sound chipped version of the model?  Personally, I would find Gordon so much more interesting than just another Percy or James.  I know there's the cost of modeling, but I think a sound chipped Gordon would be a pretty hot item!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 01:22:02 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #454 By SportyPup: A Bachmann Gordon with sound would be nice, using the same system used in the Sound Thomas, however this make may Gordon too expensive, so if Bachmann are going to sound another Locomotive, I have a feeling it will be Percy.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 06, 2016, 01:26:45 PM
Wow! I just watched a video of the New York Toy Fair from last year which is going to happen this year in just a week. All I have to say is just "Wow!" I had no idea the toy fair is so big. It's got everything. I wish I can go to it, but I can't. I live too far away from it. :(


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 01:57:35 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #456 By TTTEfan1992:  I imagine you watched the video on YouTube?

I am in the same situation. I would love to go to the Toy Fair too, but I live in the UK.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 06, 2016, 02:18:49 PM
Yes I did watch a video of it on YouTube. It looks so phenomenal. I'm impressed. If I went to it, I would have a blast. I would be most interested in the Bachmann Thomas range but other than that, I would have a blast.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 02:56:51 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #458 By TTTEfan1992: I agree with you, and yes, if I went I would go for the Bachmann Thomas & Friends range. Do Bachmann display prototypes of this year's new announcements at the Toy Fair?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 06, 2016, 03:27:20 PM
I don't know. I doubt it. I think the products that are announced this year are just illustrated out on some table, or you just see an illustration in the new catalog. The announced products from last year that are almost released might be displayed. If not, they'll very likely be in this year's catalog.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 04:18:46 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #460 By TTTEfan1992: I would not be surprised if the prototypes of Oliver and Toad will be on display.

Would Bachmann display an image taken from the Thomas & Friends TV Series of each new announcement for this year?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 06, 2016, 06:33:53 PM
I don't know anything about that. My understanding is that Bachmann announces what they are going to make, and HIT Entertainment sends them a picture of the characters, cars, freight, etc.  from the CGI TV series, and Bachmannn prints the pictures in the catalog.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 06, 2016, 06:46:11 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #462 By TTTEfan1992: That is very interesting to hear. I did not know that there is partnership between Bachmann and HiT Entertainment like this one, but I am glad they do. I thought maybe Bachmann would complete a Google search, to find a TV Series image of the Locomotive they want to produce! It nice though to here that the owner of Thomas & Friends (HiT Entertainment) and a Thomas & Friends merchandise manufacture (Bachmann) have this contact and partnership together.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on February 07, 2016, 12:56:38 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #452 By JJ96: Ah yes, here is a person who knows that Forums are for people to share their opinions to others of the same interest. This is what I have been trying to do all along and all this time, since I registered on this Forum.

I am sure we all know that this site is a Bachmann Forum.

In the meantime at least, it nice to have a former User come back, and hopefully to stay this time! Welcome back here, JJ96.
I feel I should just add here Jacob that you shouldn't presume to know exactly who that JJ96's comment was addressed to, it was vague and indirect. I personally would take it as a warning to all members, even I'm taking that comment on board, and I'm going to think about it because of that.

Moving on:
Since Gordon is such a good seller, does anyone think it's possible that we could get a sound chipped version of the model?  Personally, I would find Gordon so much more interesting than just another Percy or James.  I know there's the cost of modeling, but I think a sound chipped Gordon would be a pretty hot item!
I personally think it could be a hit, but like you mentioned, there is the cost of modelling. I do think it would be an interesting concept though, if we are going to get most of the "main cast" of engines sound chipped, I expect Percy would come next, then James, to somewhat mirror the way the characters were originally released, as those decisions were based off popularity, economics etc.
On a final side note: whilst I forget who first brought up Gordon outselling Thomas in a few ranges, being the only engine to do so, at first that surprised me; a lot. Whilst Percy, Thomas and James seem to have been the shows "frontrunners" in promotion since...I'd say the early 2000's, but lets turn back the clock a little further, I'd say that maybe in the late 90's, the shows "frontrunners" in promotion seemed to be a little more mixed (bar Thomas, who has always been the mainstay of the TV Series, obviously). Then let's turn back further again, to when the show was in its infancy, 1984 - the very early 90's, it can be seen in promotions, there is a heavy emphasis on another engine which, later was comparatively played down in marketing, I am of course, talking about Gordon.
I'm going to digress from my main point here to bring up an example, in the British TV Sitcom "The Vicar Of Dibley", I saw a brief moment of an episode where the Reverend Geraldine Kennedy is talking to her friend Alice. Alice states she would like models of Thomas, Percy and Gordon at her upcoming wedding. Note that instead of James being the third "frontrunner" it would seem Gordon held that position for awhile, as little mentions like that would make me raise an eyebrow if James had been more popular at the time, sadly I don't remember what the episode was called or what year it was released in, but I think it is an example of the earlier marketing focus of Gordon

Gordon is a large engine with a unique design, lovely paintwork, and a quite defined personality, seemingly one of the few main characters that didn't have any major personality retcon or changes in the Season 7-16 era (yes, I understand we saw characters personalities get progressive rewrites from Season 5 onwards, but in Seasons 7 and 8, this became more apparent, with Seasons 9-16 being the most infamous of the lot, but back to Gordon);
Dating back to the first episode of the TV Series, he was always in the spotlight to a degree. So critically looking at it, whilst still baffling, I think the fact that Gordon has shown his potential since the very first episode (in 1984!) as a highly marketable and successful character, one that can successfully play well off of any character around him. To me, I think the tooling costs, and eventual costs of Gordon's finished design would constrain the possibility of him getting a sound chipped model. But that is not to say that it won't happen. I would of course say that I do not expect him to outsell Thomas in many (if any) toy ranges, but I think it is at least, from a critical point of view, a little more plausible when one delves into the deeper depths of the marketing of the TV Series.

Some observations from underneath a mountain of study,
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on February 07, 2016, 09:06:42 AM
My Narrow Gauge Layout:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CZ20y2DWcAAEk9T.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CZ20y14WcAAtDKi.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CaATz7gWYAARWrw.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CaBJxlqUUAEqS4N.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CalpLXnXEAAbBUB.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on February 07, 2016, 09:20:16 AM
Wow. Good looking layout there, BassTBone, if you can, please keep us updated, I'd love to see it finished ;D

How large is the layout? :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 07, 2016, 10:00:21 AM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #465 By BassTbone: Amazing looking layout. Please post more pictures as you update it. I love the shot of Skarloey as well, with shot taken at a low angle to where Skarloey is parked up. :D ;D


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on February 07, 2016, 04:43:05 PM
Speaking of narrow gauge... :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gFjqckH1Gw

Your layout is looking great, BassTbone! I can't wait to see the finished product ;D


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 07, 2016, 04:54:41 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #468 By ThomasFan247: That Video you have uploaded on YouTube of Skarloey pulling the Open Wagon, Box Van - Blue and Box Van - Red is amazing! I really like that Video. It looks like a scene from the TV Series (The model railway era). I cannot wait to get my Skarloey!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on February 07, 2016, 08:36:03 PM
Hey, it's the Large Scale Ice Cream Wagon:

http://i.imgur.com/3skH4md.jpg

If it's old news, sorry, I just saw it.. :P
I can only guess Winston, Oliver and Toad will definitely get pictures at/by Toy Fair then  ;D


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on February 09, 2016, 05:50:22 AM
Hi Guys, I am Mully, New around here kinda lol, Here is a few photos from my layout and what I do :)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpswhthjuea.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpswhthjuea.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpszmgpweh8.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpszmgpweh8.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpsbpaijc78.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpsbpaijc78.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpsnwrqd8fz.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpsnwrqd8fz.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpsjf9nsg9z.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpsjf9nsg9z.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpswzjeyvth.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpswzjeyvth.jpg.html)



Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on February 09, 2016, 05:58:16 AM
I think I recognise those models, mully. Would this happen to be your youtube channel by any chance?

https://www.youtube.com/user/mulfred100

Fantastic work with the faces too, if you don't mind my asking, where did you get them from? Also, if that is your channel, then it's great to see a former member back; welcome back, Mully! :D

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 09, 2016, 06:26:57 AM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #471 By mully: I love your layout and thank you for posting pictures of it. It looks like the layout from the TV Series!

^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #472 By AJW98Productions: Good point Alex. I am subscribed to that YouTube Channel! This could be by the same person!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on February 10, 2016, 09:57:28 AM
The very same  :D thank you to you both, my Thomas, Edward and James all have faces from the diagostini range. Percy has a hornby face and Duck and Mavis their original Bachmann faces as they fit well with the TV series look. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 10, 2016, 10:08:25 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #474 By mully: It is my pleasure. How big is your Bachmann and Hornby Thomas & Friends Collection, if you do not mind me asking?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on February 10, 2016, 10:14:05 AM
this is my engine collection
(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpswzhauthl.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpswzhauthl.jpg.html)
rolling stock
(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpsalvraiue.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpsalvraiue.jpg.html)
not the biggest but lol


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 10, 2016, 12:35:00 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #476 By mully: It is a nice collection, but you do need to collect more stuff! I will give you my collection list if you like, but I will have to send it you as a message as I have so much stuff!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: railtwister on February 10, 2016, 02:53:24 PM
Mully,

I like the fact that some of your rolling stock is weathered, it breaks the monotony of the entire train being squeaky clean. I wonder how many other Thomas fans weather some of their equipment? Nice work...

Bill in FtL


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 10, 2016, 05:53:36 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #478 By railtwister: mully did not weather those. Those are factory weathered, that Cattle Wagon and Vent Van. Those three wagons in that line are from a Hornby Thomas & Friends Triple Pack.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on February 10, 2016, 10:33:15 PM
If I may say, the new releases by bachmann this year are incredible. Kudos to the team who made it possible!

My only inquiry is if there's a possibility of seeing some semaphore signals added to the accessories section in the future? I don't really have any other questions but just something I was curious about.  Feedback is much appreciated.

Thanks!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 11, 2016, 12:06:14 AM
What? Where did you see new releases listed?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on February 11, 2016, 12:35:09 AM
I was referring to Skarloey, Toad, and the other recently released; those models.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 11, 2016, 01:08:38 AM
What other model was released?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 11, 2016, 01:47:38 AM
What other model was released?

The narrow gauge wagons, green mail coach, celebration Thomas.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 11, 2016, 05:25:05 AM
^^^ Above 3 Replies - @Reply #482 By WittmanStudios, ^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #483 By TTTEfan1992 and ^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #484 By Titanic5972: Don't forget Oliver!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 11, 2016, 05:49:50 AM
He hasn't been released yet, hence why I didn't include him in the list. His model could turn out to be an awful one.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 11, 2016, 06:00:06 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #486 By Titanic5972: Now I understand why you didn't mention him. I mentioned him, because I thought maybe you had forgotten about him, but now the reason is because he has not been released yet! What a fool I am!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on February 11, 2016, 06:24:18 PM
Jacob, you do know there is a quote button right? ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 11, 2016, 06:35:34 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #488 By Rickenbacker 325: Yes, I do know that there is a quote button, but I do not use it anymore, as it wastes space and I got told off for using it too much.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: railtwister on February 11, 2016, 07:42:26 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #478 By railtwister: mully did not weather those. Those are factory weathered, that Cattle Wagon and Vent Van. Those three wagons in that line are from a Hornby Thomas & Friends Triple Pack.

Oh, I see, Hornby trains are rather hard to find in the USA, thanks for the "heads up". However, it's even more interesting to hear of factory weathered items existing in Hornby's Thomas product line. Question: are the Hornby couplers compatible with the ones Bachmann uses for its Thomas line?

Bill in FtL


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on February 11, 2016, 07:59:36 PM
Railtwister: Yes, the couplers are compatible. I have a few Hornby items myself, and they do connect with Bachmann's hook-and-loop couplers.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 11, 2016, 08:12:29 PM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #490 By railtwister: In Hornby's Thomas & Friends range, the products that they weathered, where:

R9202 Brake Van - Grey
R9203 Cattle Wagon
R9216 Large Breakdown Crane
R9233 Oil Tanker
R9237 Cream Utility Wagon
R9238 Light Grey Vent Van
R9260 Thomas & The Great Discovery Train Set (Thomas the Tank Engine, Annie, Clarabel, Red Open Wagon and Light Blue Open Wagon Only)
R9299 Tanker Triple Pack (Oil Tanker Only) (2015 Version)
R9704 Tanker Triple Pack (Oil Tanker Only) (2012 Version)
R9705 Van Triple Pack (Cattle Wagon and Rusty Vent Van Only)

In answer to your question, the Bachmann HO and Hornby Thomas & Friends ranges are compatible. The couplings do couple-up together.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 11, 2016, 10:59:10 PM
WOW!Bachmann factory web site(this one )shows SKARLOEY as sold out!!!!!
JUST SAYING
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on February 12, 2016, 12:59:55 AM
how about we calm down for a second and realise that he's practically available in other hobby shops for cheaper. you don't necessarily need to order from bachmann directly. Hobby Linc has him for, I believe, $103 and Tower Hobbies has him in stock as well, not sure what price though.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 12, 2016, 06:48:39 AM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #493 By UPTODAY and ^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #494 By Anthony P2: I am not surprised Skarloey has completely sold out, but I am going to have to wait a long time before I can paws on ordering one from The Diesel Works! :(


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on February 13, 2016, 01:11:17 PM
If I may say, the new releases by bachmann this year are incredible. Kudos to the team who made it possible!

My only inquiry is if there's a possibility of seeing some semaphore signals added to the accessories section in the future? I don't really have any other questions but just something I was curious about.  Feedback is much appreciated.

Thanks!

With the announcements posted and, again, my apologies on the topic of "congrats on new releases," but I was inquiring about adding semaphore signals to the list of accessories for potential future products. With the round water tower out, it's clear that a sturdy base can be made so it can stand on it's own.

That's why I made that post a while back. Not to hype up any fans, just asking about the potential of sodor signals.

-Good day.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: LittleWesternAdventures on February 14, 2016, 02:49:34 AM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #493 By UPTODAY and ^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #494 By Anthony P2: I am not surprised Skarloey has completely sold out, but I am going to have to wait a long time before I can paws on ordering one from The Diesel Works! :(

This is actually the first time I've heard of Bachmann getting sold out of a product so quickly. Does anyone know if this has happened before? I can imagine it'll be some time before they get more in stock.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 14, 2016, 03:26:20 AM
Skarloey is sold out on Bachmann's web site,but not at the dealers.
JUST SAYING
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 14, 2016, 05:14:22 AM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #497 By LittleWesternAdventures: I would just like to welcome another new member to the Forum, I usually do, so welcome LittleWesternAdventures!

I think we can all understand why Slarloey has sold out though, because he is the first Locomotive in a new Gauge in the Thomas & Friends range. This is the first time that Thomas & Friends Narrow Gauge range has appeared in model railway's.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on February 15, 2016, 06:40:30 AM
Little set I made yesterday to represent bluffs cove
(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpspztzv0qx.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpspztzv0qx.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpsspkjxcxx.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpsspkjxcxx.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zps9tulsq2o.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zps9tulsq2o.jpg.html)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 15, 2016, 07:14:17 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #500 By mully: I love your layout mully! It's really nice. I love the three pictures you have just posted, especially the close-up and longer distance of Duck pulling the Red Branchline Coaches!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on February 15, 2016, 03:39:07 PM
Thank you :) toad will loom amazing on here ;) all i am saying hehe


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 15, 2016, 03:41:40 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #502 By mully: Along with Oliver and Rosie (When they get released!)!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on February 15, 2016, 03:45:50 PM
Little set I made yesterday to represent bluffs cove
(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpspztzv0qx.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpspztzv0qx.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zpsspkjxcxx.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zpsspkjxcxx.jpg.html)

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zps9tulsq2o.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zps9tulsq2o.jpg.html)
fabulous.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 15, 2016, 08:54:55 PM
^^^^^ Above 5 Replies - @Reply #500 By mully: Out of interest, how long has it taken you to build your layout from by the first piece of wood, to end result like we are seeing today, with all of this detail of scenery?

Also, if you don't mind, can you give a rough estimate of how much it has cost you to build your layout, please?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: LittleWesternAdventures on February 16, 2016, 12:34:02 AM
@Jacob Wilson (Reply #499) Thanks Jacob! I really appreciate your welcoming! I agree. I think Bachmann made the right move with starting that line.

@mully (Reply #500) All I can say is... incredible. Some real skill you have there!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 16, 2016, 04:42:21 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #506 By LittleWesternAdventures: It is alright LittleWesternAdventures. I like to welcome new User's to the Thomas & Friends Discussion Board, so they know that they are welcome to use it and to post in it.

Yes, mully is very skillful with model railways. He has done an excellent job with his layout.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on February 16, 2016, 09:44:51 AM
Thank you to you all. my layout so far has probably had a lot of money spent on it so far but it is very far from complete, I want to add both maithwaite and dryaw to my layout. I also have a few ideas for the narrow gauge railway. Been building this layout on and off for about three months, so after I finished all at sea and took the sets down for that as I love my work to be as close to the tv series as I can get it :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 16, 2016, 01:06:26 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #508 By mully: I do love your layout. It does look like it is from the model era of the TV Series, which an incredible achievement to make!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 16, 2016, 03:42:36 PM
What face did you replace James with Mully? Is it a Trackmaster face?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 16, 2016, 10:30:28 PM
Does anybody know if this year's catalog is posted to view online on the Bachmann Trains website yet? I noticed that it's posted on the "order" section where you can buy it, but it's not posted on the "Catalogs and Brochures" tab to where you can view the catalog as a PDF. file.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 17, 2016, 01:46:21 AM
Whereabouts online? I can't see it in the product lists.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 17, 2016, 03:07:56 AM
Click the "Catalogs and Brochures" tab on the top right of the Bachmann Trains "Home Page". Then Click on the Link that says "Click Here to order a catalog" (under "Order A Catalog"). It's right there listed with all the catalogs.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 17, 2016, 05:39:37 AM
Oh I thought you meant the catalogue of products, not the actual catalogue itself.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on February 17, 2016, 05:52:24 AM
What face did you replace James with Mully? Is it a Trackmaster face?
His Thomas, Edward and James all have faces from the diagostini range, and his Percy has a Hornby face. I think his models look lovely with these adaptations :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 17, 2016, 06:20:10 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #515 By AJW98Productions: Yes, I agree with you Alex (AJW98Productions). These are the sort of changes I would make, if I owned Bachmann Thomas, Percy, James and / or Edward.

I have two question's for anybody to answer:

1. Did anybody on this Forum go to the Toy Fair in New York over the weekend, and did anybody take any pictures of Bachmann's display? If so, please post post them on this Forum.

2. Where there any information they found out at the Toy Fair about this year's new releases, particularly Rosie?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on February 21, 2016, 12:04:36 AM
More progress on my layout:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cbs4zwwWAAECaw2.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cbs4zz0W8AEO8i9.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbtU2ddW0AQuyNK.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbtbU7UW0AIPS7V.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbtbU-FW0AA-Try.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbtbVL6WwAAHBvI.jpg)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 21, 2016, 12:18:37 AM
WOW!very nice layout!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 21, 2016, 02:14:08 AM
Wow Bachmann did a quick job on those slate wagons lol. I wonder if those are the ones Bachmann will use. I'm assuming they are Peco models?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 21, 2016, 03:35:40 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #517 By BassTbone: I love your layout. It's brilliant andi love the pictures of Skarloey! I love the detail of the old abandoned disused coach too!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on February 21, 2016, 04:00:15 AM
More progress on my layout:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cbs4zwwWAAECaw2.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cbs4zz0W8AEO8i9.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbtU2ddW0AQuyNK.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbtbU7UW0AIPS7V.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbtbU-FW0AA-Try.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbtbVL6WwAAHBvI.jpg)
this looks amazing very well made. Definitely inspiration for my own n gauge layout. (coming this year)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 21, 2016, 04:49:09 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #521 By mully: Yes, it is inspiration because I am going to be building my own Narrow Gauge Layout too, this year!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on February 21, 2016, 05:01:26 PM
Wow Bachmann did a quick job on those slate wagons lol. I wonder if those are the ones Bachmann will use. I'm assuming they are Peco models?
Actually they are rodney stenning kits!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 21, 2016, 10:51:04 PM
Oh wow. Did you build them yourself? You did a great job if so


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 22, 2016, 06:56:40 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #524 By Titanic5972: BassTbone must have built them himself, as they are a kit.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on February 22, 2016, 07:25:24 PM
Oh wow. Did you build them yourself? You did a great job if so
Yes I did.  They were somewhat fiddly to make but they look good.  These will be less used to make way for Bachmann's new ones.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 22, 2016, 07:38:19 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #526 By BassTbone: Where and much did the Slate Truck kits cost you?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 23, 2016, 03:28:58 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #524 By Titanic5972: BassTbone must have built them himself, as they are a kit.

Someone else could have built the kits for him.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 23, 2016, 03:34:39 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #528 By Titanic5972: That is true, but what BassTbone said himself that he built them, in Reply #526.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 23, 2016, 07:56:48 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #528 By Titanic5972: That is true, but what BassTbone said himself that he built them, in Reply #526.

I know but you posted that before he replied. That's what I was replying to. Whoever built them doesn't matter, he did a great job of them.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 23, 2016, 11:23:27 AM
Oh, now I understand that you where replying to what I posted before BassTbone replied.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on February 23, 2016, 03:06:10 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #526 By BassTbone: Where and much did the Slate Truck kits cost you?

They were about $10 a piece.  If I were you, I'd just wait and get the Bachmann ones.  The Rodney Stenning ones are tiny and derail easily.  Also, their build is difficult if you aren't good with tiny kits. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 23, 2016, 05:49:56 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #532 By BassTbone: I think I will wait for the Bachmann Slate Wagon's. I am not good with building stuff like that, anyway! I do not have the patience and I have butter fingers! I want all the official Thomas & Friends stuff anyway.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on February 23, 2016, 11:12:00 PM
Pardon me for mentioning this but I just realized, why hasn't anyone mentioned Sir Topham Hatt's blue car in the HO scale accessories range? I'd hate to be a burden about this sort of stuff, but I think it would be fun to buy a blue STH's car in HO scale. sounds ridiculous?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 24, 2016, 04:00:44 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #534 By WittmanStudios: Good point. I would love Bachmann to release The Fat Controller's Car. Bachmann release the figure of him in 2002, I do believe, so it hard to understand why they have not released his car. They need to though!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 24, 2016, 01:53:17 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #534 By WittmanStudios: Good point. I would love Bachmann to release The Fat Controller's Car. Bachmann release the figure of him in 2002, I do believe, so it hard to understand why they have not released his car. They need to though!

Probably due to the fact that it is just a car. It isn't a character, it doesn't talk, doesn't have a face, doesn't have a name. It is just a car. No real appear to the younger fans of the show.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Artist794 on February 24, 2016, 03:10:35 PM
As much as id like to see a HO scale model of Sir Topham Hat's car, i have to agree with you.  The lack of the car just being a car and not a "character" doesn't make its odds look good.  IF anything hasn't Winston take over as STH's mode of transportation. They are making him in G scale as well. Just my thoughts on it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on February 24, 2016, 03:58:44 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #534 By WittmanStudios: Good point. I would love Bachmann to release The Fat Controller's Car. Bachmann release the figure of him in 2002, I do believe, so it hard to understand why they have not released his car. They need to though!

Probably due to the fact that it is just a car. It isn't a character, it doesn't talk, doesn't have a face, doesn't have a name. It is just a car. No real appear to the younger fans of the show.

There is that point, if it has no appeal then it might not be made. However, bachmann has released dozens of accessories without faces such as the resin buildings (though it would be very creepy if they had faces) and most of the rolling stock don't have faces. Besides his blue car does appear quite often in the show and we haven't seen much of Winston, really.

In any case, I thought I'd mention it just as a "what if." It would make sense plus it's bright blue so it might appeal to kids, who knows. I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers here. I'll stand back on the side lines where I clearly belong.

Good day.



Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread - the Blue Car
Post by: railtwister on February 24, 2016, 04:12:11 PM
What type of car does it represent (if any)? I'm not familiar enough with British sedans (especially if they were imported into the USA) to know if STH's car is at all based on a real prototype vehicle, or is simply fantasy. It does look vaguely familiar, but I just can't place it. Perhaps something with similar lines has been made by Hot Wheels or Matchbox?

I think as a model by itself, it is an unlikely production item, especially in HO/OO size. However, it could be made as a cast resin load on a flatcar, perhaps using a repurposed Chuggington series flat car.

Bill in FtL


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on February 24, 2016, 04:59:42 PM
The car from the tv series is presented as a typical vehicle of the 1940s. It is either loosely based on a Jowett Javelin or a Rover. Depending on the season.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 24, 2016, 06:28:03 PM
^^^^^ Above 5 Replies - @Reply #536 By Titanic5972, ^^^^ Above 4 Replies - @Reply #537 By Artist794 and ^^^ Above 3 Replies - @Reply #538 By WittmanStudios: Bachmann have released Bertie the Bus, Harold the Helicopter and Jeremy the Jet, so what is wrong with The Fat Controller's Car being released?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on February 24, 2016, 07:44:13 PM
Bachmann have released Bertie the Bus, Harold the Helicopter and Jeremy the Jet, so what is wrong with The Fat Controller's Car being released?
They clearly stated their reasons for their opinions in their responses...
I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers here. I'll stand back on the side lines where I clearly belong.

Good day.
I wouldn't say you ruffled any feathers, the idea was worth a mention, just the opinion of others seems to be different for the time being, and that's okay. Differing opinions can make for good posts on these boards...under the right circumstances of course...

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 24, 2016, 08:05:09 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #542 By AJW98Productions: Their reasons seemed a little odd to me. I am not trying to offend anybody, but cars are part of a model railway. Bachmann do need to expand the choices of Thomas & Friends Vehicles they produce.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: railtwister on February 24, 2016, 08:13:37 PM
The car from the tv series is presented as a typical vehicle of the 1940s. It is either loosely based on a Jowett Javelin or a Rover. Depending on the season.

Thanks for that info. Has any manufacturer (such as Matchbox or similar) ever produced HO or OO models (or any scale) of either of those two vehicles? How about doing it using 3D printing?

Bill in FtL


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 24, 2016, 08:31:11 PM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #544 By railtwister: ERTL and Take 'n' Play have produced The Fat Controller's Car, but these are not HO or OO Gauge.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: railtwister on February 25, 2016, 12:08:19 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #544 By railtwister: ERTL and Take 'n' Play have produced The Fat Controller's Car, but these are not HO or OO Gauge.

I don't know about Take 'n' Play, but I read on the wikia that the ERTL blue car was a '36 Ford, nothing like the car in tha Thomas series. I'm guessing it was repurposed from the Dick Tracey series, which was reportedly 1/64, although I thought it looked too small to be that scale (in which case, it may actually have been closer to being 1/76 scale). To me, Bachmann's Bertie looks a bit too big for HO, though I'm not sure how it compares to OO. The Bachmann figures (STH, Conductor, and Farmer) are way too large, probably even for most of the many different scales used for G (anywhere from 1:20 all the way to 1:32). I've never measured them to check, since I think they are way too expensive for my budget.

I'm not sure using the term 'scale' in any serious discussion concerning any of the Thomas models makes much sense regardless, since it's all fantasy anyway.

Bill in FtL


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 25, 2016, 03:53:39 AM
^ Above 1 Reply - @Reply #546 By railtwister: ERTL discontinued producing the die-cast Thomas & Friends toys, and in 2004, Fisher-Price started to produce a die-cast toy range of Thomas & Friends toys. Back then, it was called Take-Along, but in 2010, the range was re-named as Take 'n' Play. My own opinion is that the ERTL range is better than the Take 'n' Play, but neither are as good as Bachmann and Hornby Thomas & Friends' range's!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on February 25, 2016, 01:28:23 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/Jos3OvZ.jpg)
Some new rolling stock joined Skarloey today.

Also, I have a 2x5 board of space for my narrow gauge layout. Just need to start up some track plans.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on February 25, 2016, 01:32:38 PM
Those look awesome!! I really wanna try and get the Narrow Gauge engines but I would have to get track first. Also love the 3D printed Luke! ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Jacob Wilson on February 25, 2016, 03:15:23 PM
^^ Above 2 Replies - @Reply #549 By Sparks: Which two Wagon's are those, that joined your Skarloey?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 26, 2016, 07:40:14 PM
I have been laying out my "service track"for my locos,diesel,sand ,water,and coal and i noticed that JAMES THE RED ENGINE has no water hatch on his tender.I guess Im going to have to
fake it???????
comments????
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Parva Productions on February 26, 2016, 07:44:09 PM
The majority of the original models for the TV series lacked water filler caps on the tenders. Off the top of my head, I think Henry was the only one of the original tender engines to have a filler cap. The Bachmann model lacking the filler cap is accurate to the TV show so spot on in that regard, but if you're after a more realistic feel it's not ideal. It's very much down to personal preference in that sense.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on February 26, 2016, 09:32:28 PM
thank you,PARVA PRODUCTIONS,that solves another mystery!!!!!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on February 28, 2016, 11:11:35 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcWYyODUsAA9Y7U.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcWYyP_VIAAZ-HN.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcWYx3gUMAIo-GG.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcWYx6GUAAA6Xov.jpg)

Made some trees today and my 2nd locomotive is finished. 

Bought some more greenery for hedging and the Tidy Track Roto Wheel Cleaner for the engines. 

Got some Talyllyn coaches too coming.  They were from Nine Lines. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on February 29, 2016, 04:13:53 AM
Looking good. That Roto Wheel cleaner is a fantastic thing. I have the HO/OO one. Wouldnt be without it now.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on February 29, 2016, 07:58:14 PM
BassTbone. Amazing pictures! May I ask what brand of track you use for Narrow Gauge? I'm quite fond of it.  ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on February 29, 2016, 08:18:02 PM
BassTbone. Amazing pictures! May I ask what brand of track you use for Narrow Gauge? I'm quite fond of it.  ;)

Its PECO 009 track.  I had to get it imported.  lol

ERS stands for Extended Railway Series and Scott is a character.  It is created and written by SiF.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on February 29, 2016, 08:21:16 PM
Ah I had a feeling. I love it. I'll do the same thing then. I hate the look of the regular track, just doesn't look right.

I went to a hobby shop here and asked the guy for track that resembled Narrowgauge and he looked at me like I was crazy. Lol gotta love America. I was thinking about removing every other tie but that task didn't seem too inviting. Import it is!

I use hornby track as it is anyway, so importing is nothing new. :) Gotta do it right. Thanks for the quick reply. I have some work to do!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on March 01, 2016, 05:12:18 AM
Loving this so far basstbone very talented my friend. One of my latest projects I have been working on. New backdrops of Arlesburgh.
(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj561/mulfred100/temporary_zps7ipchln1.jpg~original) (http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/mulfred100/media/temporary_zps7ipchln1.jpg.html)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 01, 2016, 12:09:56 PM
Loving both projects I've been seeing!  I still love the "Beware of the engine" sign on the shed, BassTBone, might have to look into getting something like that myself. :P

Also a heads up to anyone who wants Oliver, some shops online have been listing him for preorder as of recent.  The one I ordered him from was Lantz Hobby Shop which is the same business ran by Wholesale Trains (if that rings a bell to anyone).

http://www.lantzhobbyshop.com/HO-Oliver-the-Great-Western-Engine-w-Moving-Eyes%2CBAC-58815-BAC58815-283666/

Not sure if the release date on there is accurate, since we haven't seen a photo yet and locomotives that are delayed are usually released around the summer.  Regardless, I already placed an order on him and with the fact that Toad made it on my layout the other day, that adds enough anticipation for Oliver on my end already. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on March 01, 2016, 02:10:26 PM
On my layout,Thomas was very happy to see his old friend,Percy!!!They sat in the roundhouse and talked all night.Its so nice to see good friends get along!!!!
JUST SAYING
UPTODAY

PS:lets all have a nice day!.NO DRAMA!!!!!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on March 03, 2016, 04:50:14 PM
Hey y'all. I just got my Bachmann Diesel in the mail today, and I'm a little disappointed in it. There's a factory error on it. The buffers are black and the buffer beams are red when it should be the other way around. Has anybody ever encountered a factory error before? What should I do?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on March 03, 2016, 06:03:00 PM
The buffers are black and the beans are red? Unless I'm missing something that sounds right. Picture? If it is an error I would say hold on to it. Could be valuable someday.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Duke on March 03, 2016, 07:41:17 PM
Thats how my Diesel looks, and he looks right to me.

I'm so jealous of you guys with your awsome layouts. Wish I had a place I could set one up to. Have a lot of space in my basement, but it's very moist down there so that unfortunately won't work very well sadly.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on March 03, 2016, 08:01:39 PM
On my Bachmann Diesel, the middle part (rods of buffers) of the buffers are black, and the ends (circles of buffers) are red. They're supposed to be vise versa from what I have.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on March 03, 2016, 08:21:30 PM
Yes they should be. You said the opposite before. That's odd. Can you post a picture?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on March 03, 2016, 10:01:40 PM
When I was at a train show the other day I encountered the same factory error.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on March 03, 2016, 11:54:38 PM
Here are pics of my Bachmann Diesel:

http://s1379.photobucket.com/user/mporter2010/media/IMG_20160303_221849_zpsodmivqud.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

http://s1379.photobucket.com/user/mporter2010/media/IMG_20160303_221955_zpsaj6toomq.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0



Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on March 04, 2016, 03:52:45 AM
Wow! Sorry to see that but that's actually pretty cool looking as far as errors go.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on March 04, 2016, 12:17:51 PM
Here are pics of my Bachmann Diesel:

http://s1379.photobucket.com/user/mporter2010/media/IMG_20160303_221849_zpsodmivqud.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

http://s1379.photobucket.com/user/mporter2010/media/IMG_20160303_221955_zpsaj6toomq.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0



Goodness, did someone fall asleep behind the paint booth or something? xD I'm just kidding, sorry but that's very rare to see, though.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on March 04, 2016, 08:24:39 PM
That's really odd. That's the third time Ive seen a Bachmann Diesel with the buffers colour swapped.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on March 08, 2016, 11:01:37 AM
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Mavis working hard. (new HAND MADE back drops)
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Review is on my channel hope you enjoy. More clips to follow
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_VXLfdfnbE&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on March 08, 2016, 02:36:06 PM
Are your pictures of Toad an homage to Toad's Adventure? If so, I really like it! But still, congrats on your new acquisition! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Duke on March 09, 2016, 10:09:25 AM
Looking great  ;D
Is the two lorries in the first picture two of "the horrid lorries"? I can see there are some damage on the one nearest like the one that sunk


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 15, 2016, 01:45:04 PM
Something I've always been curious about, does anyone know when/where the storage shed that Bachmann included in their resin line was ever used on the show?  I never actually found out what it was based off of so if anyone knows or has any ideas let me know.

Thanks in advance.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on March 16, 2016, 09:33:28 AM
Which one are you referring to? The Brendam Docks warehouse?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 16, 2016, 01:14:54 PM
http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=5912

This is what I'm referring to.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on March 17, 2016, 05:02:15 PM
HI!!!CHAZ!!!good question on the storage sheds.better ask the Bachman about that one!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: railtwister on March 19, 2016, 05:40:29 PM
Those sheds look pretty generic, and look like they could be used on any HO or OO layout, Thomas themed or otherwise, but I'm afraid that they are a bit too much on the pricey side for my budget.

Bill in FtL


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on March 28, 2016, 02:07:59 PM
I've noticed this pattern of what Bachmann does, but I don't know if any of you on here have noticed it. Have any of you noticed that whenever Bachmann decides to reveal or release a new product it's always between the 8th and the 15th of the month? I feel like that might happen with Bachmann Oliver in just next month (April). I hope that does happen.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 28, 2016, 11:20:19 PM
I think that's reading a little too deeply into it, pictures will come when they come.  Tower Hobbies updated their page stating that Oliver is now due for November.  If that is the case, I wouldn't expect a picture of him until this summer at the NMRA.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: MeganekkoFury1126 on March 28, 2016, 11:51:51 PM
And if we're going by what happened last year with Skarloey, we probably won't see a prototype of Oliver until the October TCA York Meet.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on March 29, 2016, 12:38:38 AM
I don't see Oliver taking that much longer. He should be out sooner than that. I don't think November is the actual release date. I think they just put November on that site, because they may need a bit more time to finish him to get him ready for release, but they don't know when he will be released. That's just a date for sure he'll be out by then saying he could be out way before that. I heard that they were working on him before the NMRA show last August, and they were at the point where he was almost ready for a prototype model of him being revealed at the NMRA last year. I really think Oliver will be released before the NMRA show in the summer, and the TCA fall show this year. I could be wrong, but I hope what I say turns out to be true. I hope Oliver comes outs before November.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 29, 2016, 01:37:45 AM
I heard that they were working on him before the NMRA show last August, and they were at the point where he was almost ready for a prototype model of him being revealed at the NMRA last year.

This is not true at all, I was at the NMRA when it was in my area last summer, and there was no mention of Oliver having a prototype "almost ready" for the show.  I didn't ask what stage they were at with Oliver, since Doug generously gave me the information that he only knew, which was limited.  One of them was he would be delayed until 2016 and Toad might be out earlier than him.  Both of these turned out to be true.  I don't know where you keep getting these ideas, but it is obvious that Bachmann is taking more time than usual with this model in particular compared to other releases.  As I said, pictures will be released when they are released and the model will be released when it is released.  He has a price listed in the catalog and he is up for preorder on a few shops already, including Walthers, Lantz's Hobby Shop, and OmniModels (this one in particular also says he is due in November by the way).  This alone is a good sign that at the very least he will be out this year alongside Rheneas and the slate wagons.

Production for model trains can't (and shouldn't) be rushed... I'm sure he will be worth the wait.  In the meantime, have some patience, please.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on March 29, 2016, 01:57:49 AM
But Chaz, didn't you say one time that you spoke to a Bachmann representative at the NMRA last year, and the representative said that they have been working on Bachmann Oliver, and they would have showed a prototype model of him, but they weren't quite ready for that yet at that time?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 29, 2016, 02:39:40 AM
I never said this in my posts at the time when I was at the NMRA... Even going back and checking my posts in the earlier pages of this thread and I never said anything along those lines.   I am not entirely sure if this is just a miscommunication on your part, or if you are just this desperate for an answer, but I keep telling you the same answer over and over again while you still aren't catching on.  I get that you are excited for the Bachmann Oliver, and so am I as I'm sure everyone else is who wants the model, but this is honestly not the best way to get an answer.   If you really want an answer on the model, I would suggest contacting an actual Bachmann representative, because I don't know anything beyond what I've told you already.  If not, then I would advise you to be more patient, because good things come to those who wait.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on March 29, 2016, 03:21:33 AM
You may have not said any of this on this thread, but you actually did say something like that along the lines of what I thought you said on the "Bachmann Thomas and Friends in 2016" thread. The user named "Original James" asked you "Since HO Oliver and G Winston are now 2016 products when announced in 2015 wouldn't they be considered 2016 products?" And these are the exact words that you responded, "I wouldn't consider them 2016 products, personally.  If they were announced in 2015 then I'd consider them part of the 2015 lineup despite possibly being labelled as "new" in the 2016 catalog which would probably be there to inform first-time buyers to let them know that new products will be available soon. 

Also Doug mentioned that they were working on Oliver and Winston when I talked to him at the NMRA last summer (August), but they were not quite ready for a display, let alone a release to the public.  So fortunately they did not "just now" start working on them if they were working on them before last August.  I think we will probably see them sometime in February in the catalog, if not that, then definitely around the spring."
I found this at the bottom of page 7 in the "Bachmann Thomas and Friends in 2016" thread. That post is  "Reply #103", and it's dated January 02, 2016, 01:34:44 AM. I know you are not the person to have any control of when Oliver is going to be released, and you have made a good point. I have been aware of that fact. My point is of this post is I was just talking about Bachmann Oliver, and I wanted to point out of what I have actually heard on here.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 29, 2016, 03:44:07 AM
Let me explain what I meant in that post.

Yes, they were working on the models, but I never said anything along the lines of "almost ready for a prototype"... Please don't put words in my mouth.   I never denied that they weren't working on the models in the first place during that time, however, that specific instance alone was something I never said in my posts.   Sure they were working on them, but they were not "almost ready for a prototype."

And by seeing them, I was referring to pictures of them in February and the spring not so much an actual release date. The actual release date of them I speculated before it would be this summer, but after the recent news regarding Tower hobbies, it seemed clear that it would be November and not the summer.

Now can you please wait patiently like the rest of us?  Because you have been coming off as extremely desperate.  He will be here when he is here, I can't explain that any further then that at this point because I was not expecting Oliver to be delayed until November and I am sure no one else did at the time.

Like I said earlier, I am sure he is worth the wait, but you have to be a lot more patient than this.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on March 29, 2016, 10:36:36 AM
TTTEfan1992, not sure what it is, but there is tension in your posts. 

Chaz was nice enough to share an update.  If that was me, I wouldn't be sharing it anymore after that.  ::)

Bachmann has several stepping stones they go through for a new product.  Sometimes one or more steps have hiccups.  Bachmann does not just make Thomas & Friends products.  Their primary focus is Winston for G, Oliver for HO/OO and Rheneas for 009.   

Just wait, when the product images surface, everyone will be saying "WORTH THE WAIT"


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on March 29, 2016, 12:13:04 PM
You can't guarantee specific release dates from Bachmann as their production schedule changes quite often.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on March 29, 2016, 01:51:43 PM
Oliver will be her after Hillary Clinton is elected.About November 37th.
UPTODAY!!!!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on March 29, 2016, 03:30:48 PM
Oliver will be her after Hillary Clinton is elected.About November 37th.
UPTODAY!!!!!!

I know it's a harmless joke, but just for future reference, please do not talk about politics here. this isn't a suitable forum for said topic.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on March 29, 2016, 07:32:35 PM
HEY ANTHONYP2,SORRY ABOUT THE JOKE!,I did not realize you were a republican!!!!!!!!HAHAHA!!!!!!!
uptoday


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on March 29, 2016, 07:47:49 PM
Never said I was part of any political party.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on March 29, 2016, 07:56:14 PM
ANTHONY P2,no more jokes,when do you think OLIVER will be here????
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on April 01, 2016, 02:42:06 PM
To answer everyone's question, Oliver is out now!  I just got mine in the mail today and he looks really nice!  Right down to the white running board and the model face too. There is just one problem…

(http://i68.tinypic.com/s4xm2o.jpg)

It's too small.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on April 01, 2016, 03:17:16 PM
CGI scaling. That's the best thing ever, Chaz!  :D :D



But being 100% honest, as long as he's not completely out of scale, I could really care less what they do with Oliver, I only have one requirement in my books, he needs to have a white running board.

And also, I'm digging the proper colour Troublesome Truck #3 you got there. :P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on April 16, 2016, 03:46:53 PM
Recently I added ballast loads to some of my wagons as well as using a method from one of my friends to make the loads stay on permanently.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/ojgfp4.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/1zd2fr5.jpg)
They passed the "Upside-down test" as you can plainly see, indicating that they are permanent.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2cngh2d.jpg)
Really happy with the final results.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/344s0gk.jpg)
I think S.C. Ruffey in particular looks a lot better with a ballast load.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/312xv6v.jpg)
I also added a permanent coal load to one of my six ton wagons.

If anyone would like to know how I did this, let me know.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on April 17, 2016, 10:23:14 AM
^ I'd be interested to know...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on April 17, 2016, 05:11:03 PM
Hey,Chaz,those are some great pics!!!!
UPTODAY!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: LittleWesternAdventures on April 17, 2016, 11:49:52 PM
I'd definitely like to know! Also, stupid question, but what kind of wood did you use to build your layout?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on April 18, 2016, 04:51:55 PM
Wish granted.  So you will need the following on you for when you do this:
(http://i65.tinypic.com/213l1w.jpg)
- A wagon of any kind (a no brainer), I'll be using the 6 ton wagon for this tutorial.
- The load you want on the wagon (in this case ballast).  Again a no brainer, most hobby shops should carry ballast.  I personally recommend the ballast from woodland scenics. This should also work just as well with coal loads too.
(http://i68.tinypic.com/339of7t.jpg)
- rubbing alcohol.  Great for breaking down the ballast in the wagon.
- water/glue mix.  This mix is great for helping the ballast stick together after adding the rubbing alcohol Elmers glue should work just fine, try mixing it with warm water.  Make sure that you add more glue than water and mix both really well to a point where you can't see any glue at the bottom of the container you would be using for this.
- Two eye/ear droppers.  One for the water/glue and the other for rubbing alcohol.  This will be necessary for adding these to your wagon.  Make sure you don't get the droppers mixed up.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/4ibi2p.jpg)
So the first thing you will want to do is to add the ballast in any way you would like onto your wagon.  I recommend doing so on a paper towel in case you spill any and can save any that fell off and put it back in the container.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/70ge3r.jpg)
Once that is taken care of, take one of the eye/ear droppers and add drops of rubbing alcohol to every part of the load (on top of the wagon).

(http://i63.tinypic.com/9s6jr5.jpg)
When you get that taken care of, you may then add the water/glue mix from earlier to help the ballast stick together inside the wagon.  Again, do this in every part of the load on top and make sure that the dropper you have is different from the last one.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/1z1a5gj.jpg)
After waiting for about 6 or so hours, your load should be dry and permanently attached to the wagon.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/1zovq08.jpg)
A good way to also make sure the load is stable on the wagon is to hold the wagon upside down, or tipping it in any way, and make sure that the load does not fall off.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2lkfo93.jpg)
And once that's done, your ballast wagon is ready to go. :)

Also, stupid question, but what kind of wood did you use to build your layout?

Not a stupid question at all, a friend of mine actually built the table itself for me, so I honestly can't recall what type of wood it is.  All I can recall is that the legs and the frames are made of a different type of wood from the flat surface of the table itself.  If you would like I can contact him and ask.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: mully on April 19, 2016, 03:17:01 AM
Hi all i would be very grateful if you could check out my latest project. Alot of work went into this with limited resources and editing software so please let me know what you think https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=36wlm27yI3s


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on April 21, 2016, 12:01:10 AM
Those wagon look good. Did you fill the wagon with the ballast? That must make them very heavy. The way I did it was by putting a chunk of polystyrene in the bottom of the wagon and then spreading a thin layer of load on top of that. Makes the wagon much lighter.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on April 21, 2016, 01:12:38 AM
Interesting you bring that up, I didn't think it was a big issue since I have a lot of spare ballast and the wagons in the Thomas range are fairly small and don't require that much to fill it up.  But to be safe before I made the loads permanent I did test the models with ballast in the cars and results seemed fine on my end.  But the method you mentioned is another way other members at my club have told me they have done it too.  I wasn't concerned with my Thomas wagons when doing this, but with my hoppers and gondolas I use for my non-Thomas models I was thinking of doing something similar to what you had mentioned earlier.  

All even went well when running at my club today when running my Thomas model with a freight train and that even included a couple of ballast cars I added to the train:

(http://i67.tinypic.com/15g35gy.jpg)
Disregarding the work that was put on hold while running earlier, this scene look familiar to anyone?

He ran really well for the most part, apart from hills but Thomas models usually never do well on steep hills from my experience... Emily can't even go up the same hill with just her two coaches alone :P

Thanks for the feedback!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on April 21, 2016, 09:11:58 AM
Thomas the Quarry Engine!

I agree about Emilly....even Toby does better on hills than her...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on April 21, 2016, 02:09:26 PM
I think in the case of the Thomas range, traction tyres would be a good idea on some of the smaller locos, especially Emily with one driving wheel.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on April 21, 2016, 09:04:10 PM
Emily actually has two sets of driving wheels on her Bachmann model, mainly her actual drive wheels, and then the second set of wheels on the front pony truck are powered, same thing goes for the large scale model as well. :P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on April 30, 2016, 07:03:17 PM
Towerhobbies says Oliver is due Nov 2016 and Rheneas is due Dec 2016


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JLK2707 on May 01, 2016, 08:08:03 AM
Towerhobbies says Oliver is due Nov 2016 and Rheneas is due Dec 2016

Cool! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on May 08, 2016, 03:52:39 PM
The Walthers website has all the new Thomas products on it, does anyone know why they do but Bachmann doesn't?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on May 10, 2016, 11:02:46 PM
Chaz, would the permanent loads still be possible without the eye droppers? That is also a very cool modification.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 11, 2016, 12:05:28 AM
You could use something like a spoon if you do not have access to them, but why I would personally recommend eye droppers is because they are good for getting the alcohol/glue on every part of the load on the wagon, including the corners.  Fortunately, I was able to pick up a pack of two eye-droppers for less than two dollars at Walgreen's (if you live in the US), which made things a lot easier.

Hope that helps!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on May 11, 2016, 12:55:42 AM
If I may add to your topic of the wagon loads, Chaz? I hope you won't mind.

To add on to what Chaz had done with his wagon loads, it does provide some more weight to the "light" wagons. The methods used are common and there is another way that I'm working with are loads sculpted using white foam boards (the cheap stuff found at almost any home improvement store) and then the beads can either be painted stone grey for quarry loads or brush on regular white glue and put small gravel or coal onto the shaped foam.

The trick is to make it temporary (if you'd like) so trimming is necessary to have the block fall into the wagon and plop out when you want it empty. It's very light weight too which has the advantage of having the Thomas & Friends locos go up gradients without struggling too much. The tools I used was a fine grit sanding block, a sharp knife (be careful!) and if you don't bite your finger nails, I sculpt the foam with my finger nails, a thin pin, needle or pencil.

My apologies, Chaz if this may be stepping on your toes but hearing you speak about making wagon loads got me excited for sharing my work in progress as well. Also, I feel the more tutorials like this are very helpful for spreading the good word on adding wagon loads.

Would you agree, good sir? :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 11, 2016, 01:27:51 AM
No problem at all, part of the reason why I wanted those loads permanent on my wagons isn't so much because of weight, but it also helps when I take them out to shows for my club.  It not only in some ways looks a lot better on the wagons, but it also reduces the chances of anything spilling out of the wagons whenever I have to constantly load or unload during shows.

I was honestly hesitant on making the loads permanent at first, but when I tested the engines with the loads in the wagons, I saw that it really didn't make too much of a difference, if at all, when running.  In some ways it was used as a personal convenience on my end but I am really happy hearing that a lot of people on here liked my loads. :)  The foam method was brought up earlier too and I was thinking about using that for my hopper cars, but for the small Thomas wagons I figured it would be just fine without the foam since they are pretty small compared to the hoppers.

The decision to make the loads permanent or temporary is anyone's call with their wagons at the end of the day, and that by itself goes along with the freedom of the hobby which in my opinion is one of the best things about the hobby of model trains alone.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JLK2707 on May 28, 2016, 08:14:17 PM
Speaking of Oliver, was he always numbered 1436 or was he originally a different number?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on June 06, 2016, 10:18:23 AM
Speaking of Oliver, was he always numbered 1436 or was he originally a different number?
Oliver would've originally been numbered as 4836, as what is now known as the Great Western Railway's 14XX/1400 class, was originally referred to as the 48XX/4800 class. The class retained their original numbering until 1945 when coal shortages on the Great Western Railway saw the trial of a conversion of 12 engines of the Churchward 2800 class into oil-burning locomotives. The experiment was encouraged by the government but abandoned in 1948, when the additional fees of imported oil and the conversion itself and other factors were calculated and it was worked out to be, in simple terms..."more trouble than it was worth" (a similar story to a handful of ex-LSWR T9 class locomotives that were converted to oil-burning).

Oliver's real life prototype was however, scrapped. I haven't been able to find much on it's prototype, based on a photo of the former 1436 that was pictured at the Swindon rail dump in 1958, I'm assuming a withdrawal date of sometime in 1958, and a scrapping date following not far later. Still, Sodor's number 11 engine is still happily chuffing around the Island ;) and I think that is fantastic :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on June 16, 2016, 10:04:15 AM
Anyone here from New York? I am going there tomorow and want to know the best place to find Bachmanns or any model shops. Thanks


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTE1945 on June 16, 2016, 10:23:58 AM
Anyone here from New York? I am going there tomorow and want to know the best place to find Bachmanns or any model shops. Thanks

There's a store called Gotham Model Trains and it's on 32nd street I think. Look it up.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on June 16, 2016, 10:28:56 AM
Anyone here from New York? I am going there tomorow and want to know the best place to find Bachmanns or any model shops. Thanks

There's a store called Gotham Model Trains and it's on 32nd street I think. Look it up.

permanently closed unfortunately.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 16, 2016, 03:03:25 PM
Trainworld or Trainland (depending on where in New York you are going) would probably be your best bet. I've only been to Trainland and there were some pretty decent deals there.  I never bought any of the Thomas stuff there but I have bought a few other products from there before for pretty good deals.   I remember they pretty much had every HO Thomas product available when I was there, so that might also be worth considering.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on June 19, 2016, 12:56:35 PM
Hey everyone, I was doing some searching, maybe to find a hidden stock photo for one our missing HO Scale, or Large Scale friends (Oliver and Winston), I didn't find anything, but I did find this image of Clarabel:
http://i.imgur.com/r5Y8Syc.jpg

And it's just Clarabel right? Well, the photo name for that specific Clarabel is "Specialy Car (HO Scale)"

(And yes I'm aware of how 'Specialy' is spelt, that's exactly how it was.)

Anyone have any information they could lend as to why she's a "Specialy Car"? Or even what a 'Specialy Car' is in the first place? :P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on June 19, 2016, 02:31:04 PM
More than likely, it's just a seller who doesn't know anything about Thomas and gave "happy train car with a face" an "important sounding" title.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on June 19, 2016, 05:35:16 PM
But the thing is, it's directly from Bachmann's site

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=6438


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on June 19, 2016, 05:40:29 PM
A further investigation shows that's from the section of the website called "Warehouse Finds." Gonna guess with that title it's similar to my guess; stuff found in the building thats been misplaced and can still be sold, and whoever found it is unsure of what Clarabel was.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on June 19, 2016, 06:22:00 PM
I went looking for it in the Warehouse Finds, and according to whoever posts these found items, doesn't know the difference between a caboose and a coach. Bit funny actually ::)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on June 19, 2016, 10:37:58 PM
Is there anybody on here that lives close to the NMRA show this year? If so, is anybody going to the NMRA show to take pictures of the prototype models of the new Bachmann Thomas and Friends products, and post them on here?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on June 21, 2016, 10:57:07 AM
Trainworld or Trainland (depending on where in New York you are going) would probably be your best bet. I've only been to Trainland and there were some pretty decent deals there.  I never bought any of the Thomas stuff there but I have bought a few other products from there before for pretty good deals.   I remember they pretty much had every HO Thomas product available when I was there, so that might also be worth considering.

Thank you Chaz, I was able to nab Skarloey Arry Bert the new red coaches and Toad for fair prices.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 21, 2016, 07:50:56 PM
You're welcome, congrats on the good haul. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on June 24, 2016, 02:42:07 PM
I just bought Thomas, James, Percy, Henry, Donald, Douglas, and a bunch of rolling stock. Yay! However, Donald has a persistent ringing noise that occurs whenever he goes forwards, but not backwards. Any ideas?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: therailwayinspector on June 26, 2016, 04:31:40 PM
Take him back. Had that on mine and it promptly burnt out. Luckily was within warranty.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on June 26, 2016, 10:00:33 PM
I just bought Thomas, James, Percy, Henry, Donald, Douglas, and a bunch of rolling stock. Yay! However, Donald has a persistent ringing noise that occurs whenever he goes forwards, but not backwards. Any ideas?
Maybe he needs to answer the phone. ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Thomasfan39 on June 29, 2016, 12:15:41 PM
Has anyone heard or seen anything about Oliver?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ClrwtrMK2 on June 30, 2016, 09:39:02 AM
What about Rosie?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 30, 2016, 12:44:43 PM
My preorder for Oliver sadly got cancelled due to some issues with Lantz/Wholesale trains so I probably won't be ordering from there again anytime soon.  Luckily I didn't lose any money in that preorder.  However I did preorder Oliver from Tower Hobbies and they once again changed their date saying October.  It's a little strange that the date keeps constantly changing on there but hopefully at the NMRA next weekend we will have an update on Oliver as well as Rheneas.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on June 30, 2016, 05:05:22 PM
Usually Bachmann release loco's during October/November but sometimes it can be during the same year the character was announced or the year after, Bill Ben and Diesel we're released the same year they were announced but Donald and Douglas came out a year and a half after the announcement. So yeah Bachmann is not always consistent with release dates..


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 30, 2016, 06:46:37 PM
You hit the nail with the hammer on that one, there are always a couple of bumps along the way in production but at least the models are out eventually.  They seem to be consistent at being... Inconsistent.  It happens more often than not, just like how Oliver got announced last year and will most likely be out later this year.  

At least the Skarloey stuff has been doing well so far, and I imagine they will probably do well in that regard for a few years similarly to how large scale was doing better in production at first but then started to slow down right around the last 2-3 years.  Rheneas has been up for preorder on a few shops already so no complaints on my end.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on July 14, 2016, 04:36:42 PM
Anyone know what type of engine Gordon is? Some sources say that he is an A3, but others say he is an A1.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on July 14, 2016, 07:31:30 PM
Anyone know what type of engine Gordon is? Some sources say that he is an A3, but others say he is an A1.
Well in a sense he's both. He was a prototype which lead to both so he's tipically called an A0. However in a recent video on the official T&F YouTube channel for "shooting star Gordon" it says he's an A3.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on July 19, 2016, 01:29:16 PM
Has anyone noticed that in Season 1 of the series, Thomas has rivets along his running board and at least the back of his bunker? You can see them better in the close-up shots of the model. I think it is pretty cool. I wonder why all the models after that are missing them? Anyone have ideas?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: MeganekkoFury1126 on July 19, 2016, 03:37:54 PM
Has anyone noticed that in Season 1 of the series, Thomas has rivets along his running board and at least the back of his bunker? You can see them better in the close-up shots of the model. I think it is pretty cool. I wonder why all the models after that are missing them? Anyone have ideas?

The answer is most likely to save money. Painting over riveted areas tends to be harder than on flat surfaces, but more likely it was just easier to make the bodies without them all.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on July 20, 2016, 04:17:27 PM
Hey guys, there are pictures of the new HO rolling stock on the ttte wikia. I would post them here but I don't know how.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on July 20, 2016, 04:57:09 PM
(http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/f/fd/Bachmanngwrcattlewagon.PNG/revision/latest?cb=20160709032111)

(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/d/dd/Bachmannlivelobsterscar.PNG/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20160709032214)

(http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/b/b1/Bachmannsodorsaltwagon.PNG/revision/latest?cb=20160709032155)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on July 20, 2016, 05:07:06 PM
I am just wondering about this, maybe mines just broken or I'm just not doing something right but the "steam exhaust" sound on the wistle and chuff Thomas that is advertised and even on the plastic container doesn't work. Even the official Bachmann demo has it but I can't figure out how to get it to activate. Can someone help me with this?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on July 20, 2016, 05:09:48 PM
You can hear it right around 0:15 on this video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CJbZZYRxBe4


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainMan2001 on July 20, 2016, 05:44:08 PM
You have to stop Thomas really slowly to get it to work.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on August 06, 2016, 08:21:10 PM
Not sure if you guys have seen it or not, but the Square Water Tower finally has an image. It got added to the website yesterday.
http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/images/HO_Scale/45243.jpg


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 06, 2016, 08:43:59 PM
Hah, with all the hype with Oliver and Rheneas I completely forgot about this one. :P Just like the last water tower they really hit the nail with the hammer with this one.  Tower Hobbies even says that is shipping sometime this month, so I'm glad to see that release date was at least consistent.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on August 07, 2016, 02:45:34 AM
Just like the last water tower they really hit the nail with the hammer with this one.
Ditto to that, it's nice to see the released picture, I look forward to the final designs of the other products that were announced/due out this year. :)
~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Trains111 on August 07, 2016, 12:16:29 PM
Guys on the rolling stock there is a set of Gordon's composite and open coach!!!!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 07, 2016, 12:22:12 PM
Guys on the rolling stock there is a set of Gordon's composite and open coach!!!!!!
He's right... http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=258_259_262&products_id=6382


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on August 09, 2016, 02:36:07 AM
Odd. When I click on the link, it directs me to a page that says, "Sorry, the product was not found."


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on August 09, 2016, 03:54:53 AM
It's been removed since the link has been posted :P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 09, 2016, 08:46:30 AM
There was no image but it said it was a $40 package (I think) that included one open express coach and one open brake coach.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 09, 2016, 08:53:57 AM
Also Bachmann posted on their Twitter that it's Thomas and friends month.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan365 on August 09, 2016, 08:58:17 PM
I had emailed them about the gordon coaches and they said they were already gone :(


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 09, 2016, 10:04:23 PM
What do you mean already gone?! They were never put up for sale!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on August 09, 2016, 11:27:04 PM
I might be changing the topic here.
But..
From Bachmann Thomas rolling stock page.
(http://atyxmy5wag90b2j1y2tldc5jb200.g00.photobucket.com/g00/TU9SRVBIRVVTMCRodHRwOi8vaTYxMy5waG90b2J1Y2tldC5jb20vYWxidW1zL3R0MjEzL255a3JpdmFzL1NhbGVfenBzbGtyZzBrcnoucG5n/$/$/$/$)
Already with the Red Coaches and Toad considering how the release dates for them were not so long ago.
I'm still being patient with Oliver.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan101 on August 11, 2016, 01:03:55 AM
Excuse me Bachmann, but I heard that a redesigned James is coming out next year. Is this true?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan101 on August 11, 2016, 01:04:47 AM
Also, could you please bring back James and Gordon's coaches? Thanks


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on August 11, 2016, 02:38:17 PM
Excuse me Bachmann, but I heard that a redesigned James is coming out next year. Is this true?
It is infact true. I can't remember where exactly this was confirmed but it was. Trust me. Oh and at one point on the site Gordon's coaches were back up. Be hopeful.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan101 on August 11, 2016, 06:34:07 PM
Ok. Thank you


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on August 12, 2016, 02:34:25 PM
I might as well share this here. I've been going through withdrawal not being able to post anything to YouTube lately, so I managed to render a short clip from a project that's been in the works for over a year :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0MnL2OM90U


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on August 15, 2016, 11:42:55 PM
As ever, I thought that was fantastic work on the short clip, ThomasFan247. :)

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on August 24, 2016, 01:08:57 PM
Thanks, Alex! The finished product is here for anyone interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP5AqB30XfA


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 24, 2016, 03:40:50 PM
I always liked your layout, and I like the fact that scenes in the episode seemed really lively.  The scenes involving the engines letting off steam in particular.  Having Henry get this story works really well and references from Whistles and Sneezes and Super Rescue don't feel forced as it flowed really nicely into your story.  Great moments with Bill and Ben and the stationmaster as well, you did a really nice job voicing him.  I also liked nice touches you added like the same trains going by around the same time on different days in the episode, besides the China clay works train, like Gordon's express.  Your series has come a long way since you first started and this episode you made really does prove it.  

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the episodes from the "book", well done. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on August 25, 2016, 12:49:21 AM
Thanks, Chaz! I very much appreciate it :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on August 25, 2016, 02:37:42 AM
It's always a treat to see videos from you again. It's not too often either we get Thomas fan-made model episodes that are in the classic style.

The eye animations are spot on to the model series, and I appreciate the fact you actually made them fit the camera quality, instead of being flat cut-outs.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan101 on September 10, 2016, 12:19:24 PM
Excuse me but I just bought a Douglas model and while running it on a Bachmann DCC layout, about every
10-20 seconds after it gets power, it stops moving but still takes in electricity. If I cut power for over 5 seconds, it resets, but I would like to know if anyone has any tips on how to fix it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on September 10, 2016, 07:28:34 PM
Did you convert your Douglas model to DCC?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on September 10, 2016, 09:10:02 PM
Excuse me but I just bought a Douglas model and while running it on a Bachmann DCC layout, about every
10-20 seconds after it gets power, it stops moving but still takes in electricity. If I cut power for over 5 seconds, it resets, but I would like to know if anyone has any tips on how to fix it.

My Henry did the same thing. Used to short circuit the system every 30 seconds too


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on September 21, 2016, 06:23:58 PM
https://twitter.com/Theworlofsodor1/status/774002604833734657

A small thing I stumbled upon. Rolling stock gets a shorter chassis when interacting with shorter engines. Hopefully if Bachmann makes future rolling stock, they don't make the mistake of using these shrunken wagons as references. They'd look downright strange in OO scale.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 22, 2016, 01:05:16 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBDmSlJS-g0

The TCA convention is this weekend, sadly Oliver or Rheneas weren't there, but we do get a nice closer look at the large scale Winston.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2uhohsj.png)



Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on October 22, 2016, 02:06:49 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBDmSlJS-g0

The TCA convention is this weekend, sadly Oliver or Rheneas weren't there, but we do get a nice closer look at the large scale Winston.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2uhohsj.png)


No Rosie or Troublesome Truck 5 either. :'( maybe at the train fest in Milwaukee we might.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 22, 2016, 03:06:19 PM
I could care less about Rosie, but I am surprised we haven't seen a final photo for Troublesome Truck #5 besides the pre-production photo. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on October 22, 2016, 03:48:16 PM
This is ridiculous, the guy can't even give the right information about Winston, and he couldn't even give a release date to the ONE THING they brought with them, let alone the many Thomas items where the last update we got was a product photo of the recolours, months ago.

Bachmann. You need to give a statement about Oliver, whether it be a picture or just say what stage you're at.
2 years of waiting for him is making either a lot of people upset, or they think it's a joke at this point.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 22, 2016, 10:27:12 PM
I honestly forgot about Winston and Troublesome Truck 5.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on October 23, 2016, 05:03:30 AM
I honestly forgot about Winston and Troublesome Truck 5.
Nearly everyone did as we were busy hoping for Oliver, so a model image of Winston being revealed came as a bit of surprise for us all.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: douglas on October 23, 2016, 08:47:26 AM
Forget all of them, I want me a look at the stock Rheneas already.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on October 30, 2016, 10:18:27 AM
Something just occurred to me. Rosie has had a head lamp since season 17, so will her model have it. The picture for the preview doesn't have it but for those who don't know it sits on top of her smoke box. I'm just curious as to weather or not she'll have it. I know no one has the answer it's just something I thought about.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on October 30, 2016, 11:28:23 AM
Only two ways to find out: the November train fest in Wisconsin or when she is in stock.

Speaking of the Trainfest in Milwaukee, anyone going there this year?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: douglas on November 03, 2016, 01:14:16 AM
Guys, I'm torn. Do I get a replacement James during the madness of sales in Black Friday season, or wait for the sort-of-rumored, sort-of-confirmed redesigned James in 2017/2018/never?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on November 03, 2016, 01:33:23 PM
Said 2017, so I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that's when. I would personally wait.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on November 03, 2016, 01:41:57 PM
Or get the original James model and repaint the grey wheels and tender axles and the red smokebox sides black, I recommend satin or gloss black enamel.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on November 13, 2016, 10:40:08 PM
More of this year's products. Found on Twitter

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxKtXEMW8AAlhjP.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxL-UhEVEAAGehk.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxKsoOrW8AA-hXO.jpg)

Discuss your thoughts.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on November 13, 2016, 10:42:02 PM
Dcc Thomas sounds at 28:30. Also apparently works as analog sound too. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9MCmh5aX8Xc


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 13, 2016, 11:08:00 PM
The large scale thomas with DCC/sound definetely beats the HO sound Thomas by a long shot.  The sound is more in sync when moving and are a lot more accurate and he runs really well with DCC.  A shame Percy isn't out yet, but it'd be nice to see how he turns out.

Definetely excited for Troublesome truck #5, I plan on ordering two of them once they are out.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on November 13, 2016, 11:15:55 PM
You know, I have an idea guys of what Bachmann should do for us Thomas fans on here. I think Bachmann should have possible items planned before the announcements every year in February, and then there would be an election of Bachmann Thomas and Friends products for whatever scales available in every city around the world for us Thomas fans. These products would be listed on a ballot. Like there would be a "Classic" party, and a "CGI" party. In other words, the parties mean characters, rolling stock, and other pieces from the "Classic" series, and the "CGI" series. It would be just like voting for the democratic party, and the republican party. Whatever votes win, Bachmann will announce, and those would be the products for the year for Bachmann to make. We all would get to vote on whatever they have listed from both of these series, just like you would vote for president in an election. We all would find out what products win by the time of announcement.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on November 13, 2016, 11:19:34 PM
I have to say it. 

CGI has been apart of the series for 7 seasons and 8 specials now. 

We aren't the target audience, the kids are.  The kids today are growing up with S19+ and Bachmann is going to make things according to what they are seeing on TV now. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on November 13, 2016, 11:49:51 PM
Well, I just came up with that idea today. I just thought it would've been a good idea. We all won't have to worry about that, because that doesn't even exist. That was just an idea.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on November 14, 2016, 09:03:39 AM
I'll just leave this guy here. It isn't much, but I definitely enjoyed putting him together :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJF6gHtaKvU


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Trains111 on November 23, 2016, 08:05:01 AM
Bachmann said that the new rolling stock would come out this month, does it come out at the end of the month.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on November 23, 2016, 02:24:02 PM
Can anyone on here tell me how big Bachmann Oliver is compared to the other Bachmann HO/OO characters? Like which Bachmann character is Bachmann Oliver as big as? Throughout the TV series, I have always been confused about Oliver's size compared to the other characters in the TV show. The audience that has been watching "Thomas the Tank Engine" all their lives, never got a good glimpse of Oliver's size. He is a lot smaller in the cgi series than he is in the classic series. Somebody on another forum said that Oliver's scaling is a mix of the cgi series, and the classic series. I just want to know is he small like he is in the cgi series where he looks out of scale to the other characters? Which character is Oliver as big as?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on November 23, 2016, 03:18:34 PM
Bachmann said that the new rolling stock would come out this month, does it come out at the end of the month.

I think Bachmann will post an update when a shipment of the new rolling stock gets to their warehouse and they are able to ship out.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Duke on November 23, 2016, 03:23:31 PM
Can anyone on here tell me how big Bachmann Oliver is compared to the other Bachmann HO/OO characters? Like which Bachmann character is Bachmann Oliver as big as? Throughout the TV series, I have always been confused about Oliver's size compared to the other characters in the TV show. The audience that has been watching "Thomas the Tank Engine" all their lives, never got a good glimpse of Oliver's size. He is a lot smaller in the cgi series than he is in the classic series. Somebody on another forum said that Oliver's scaling is a mix of the cgi series, and the classic series. I just want to know is he small like he is in the cgi series where he looks out of scale to the other characters? Which character is Oliver as big as?

There is a little video at YouTube called "New Bachmann Thomas Items At Trainfest" where you can see him next to some of the other characters.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Trains111 on December 01, 2016, 09:25:06 AM
The new rolling stock was suppose to come out in November, (that's what bachmann said) and it's December and they haven't, anyone know why?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 01, 2016, 11:15:33 AM
Release dates are often pushed back with Bachmann due to one of many issues that can happen during production.  I imagine that these would probably be out before Christmas.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on December 01, 2016, 01:17:21 PM
Towerhobbies have them due for early December, thus due Today, Friday or next week.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 04, 2016, 03:34:44 AM
Well, it looks like the large scale Thomas and Percy are out, here is a video of Percy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH9Kn7aC3_M

I'll be honest, I was a little skeptical of large scale going DCC as it doesn't seem to be something most Thomas fans are into and those that would have gone ahead and added DCC decoders themselves.  The running performance of these models are great and the sound from both the Thomas and Percy models sound terrific.  If they do James, Emily, and Toby next with these features I think that they would sound great.  Personally I think it's inevitable that they will do this, but if they also include Henrietta too, then it would make for a solid lineup for 2017 despite no new engines.  Then the following year if they wanted to do a new engine, like Edward, they could release a standard analog version of him and one with DCC/sound so fans have the option of choosing between the two.  

Hope to hear updates on Rheneas and the slate wagons next.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on December 05, 2016, 06:04:24 PM
The Slate truck product photos have been added to the site, as well as Troublesome Truck #5.
I must say TT #5 looks great, I mean, we saw it at the train show, so that's kind of old news by now, but the Slate wagons...

Yeah, extremely pointless to release them the way they did. This scale is so small as it is, people aren't going to care enough about the miniscule number in the corner to buy all 3 of them. Bachmann seems to not have cared either, as they just took one of the numbered wagons' photo, and photoshopped off the number for the numberless one's photo. These couldve been done much better if they all were released in a different colour scheme, such as what Rheneas is pulling in this photo:
http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/1/14/BlueMountainMystery253.png/revision/latest?cb=20150612062439
or even the colours of the other slate trucks on the line one over from him.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 05, 2016, 06:19:32 PM
I like the look of the slate wagons personally, it does seem lazy that there really isn't a significant difference besides the number on two of the slate wagons, but I'm really not bothered.  I also appreciate the fact that they are a new tooling rather than the Peco recolors we got last year.  Hope they do this more in the future for narrow gauge rolling stock.  Definitely looking forward to these!  Looks like I made a good call on the slate wagons, hope we see Rheneas next.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on December 05, 2016, 07:22:46 PM
The slate wagons are...ok, but kind of lazy. Like Jesse said, the little numbers being the only difference won't push many people to buy all three, I'm willing to bet most people only get 3+ of the un-numbered one and the others are phased out within a few years but hey, maybe not...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on December 07, 2016, 04:04:48 PM
I know what I am getting ready to talk about shouldn't be discussed in the forum here, but I had a great day at a train show just this past Sunday. At the train show that I went to, I found a 1998 N Scale Tomix Thomas set with Annie and Clarabel in brand new condition, or in mint condition for $200, and it even runs just fine. I asked the man at the vendor if it was used, and he said "No, the only time I used it was to just make sure it runs, and it runs just fine. Other than that it is not used at all.", and then I bought it. I'm glad I found one. ;D

Those are very hard to find. The particular version that I have are going to be even harder to find, because Tomix just released a new version of Thomas (with a CGI-Styled face) with Annie, and Clarabel. The more new version styled ones out there, the less old version styled ones out there. My Tomix Thomas has the old Classic-Styled face. Do you all think I got an old version at a good deal?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on December 07, 2016, 05:40:35 PM
I'd say so, you'll rarely find them elsewhere for such a low price. Probably cool that you have the original considering the new one is coming out...nice find!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on December 07, 2016, 11:06:30 PM
Yeah, thanks. :) I'm very pleased that I have one. I have what I consider a very rare item, and it's going to be even more rare as time goes by with the new version ones being sold. The CGI-Styled face doesn't look too bad, but I still prefer the Classic-Styled face. Both versions are mostly the same, but the new 2016 version have a few features that are slightly different from the old 1998 version aside from the face.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 08, 2016, 03:56:32 PM
I know this has nothing to do with the discussions currently going on in this thread, but in the new year, I plan on collecting all of the Bachmann Thomas Wagons (HO/OO Gauge) with CGI logos on them.

I know which one's I am looking for the Sodor Mail Wagon, Cream Tanker and the Oil Tanker, but I am rather confused with the Raspberry Syrup Tanker.

I am not sure which version is the model era logo of the CGI era logo on. There is this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bachmann-Raspberry-Syrup-Tanker-Thomas-HO-/152324588563?hash=item237740c413:g:pToAAOSwXeJYMSq3 and this one: http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1777 .

Please can a member (Any member), please tell me which is the model era version and which is the CGI era version, so I know which one to buy?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on December 08, 2016, 06:47:20 PM
The CGI logo version one is the product on the Bachmann Trains website. I looked it up on ttte wikia on the tankers page.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 08, 2016, 07:06:53 PM
^ Thank you TTTEfan1992. So the one before then, with the pink raspberry logo is the model era logo, which is discontinued?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on December 08, 2016, 09:55:25 PM
Correct.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on December 09, 2016, 12:52:21 PM
I've pretty much given up on finding the Bachmann Thomas Flatcar with Paint Drums or the Bachmann Thomas Wellwagon, is there an exisiting tooling of these two pieces of rolling stock that Bachmann/another company has produced for a different range/etc. that I could purchase as an alternative?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on December 09, 2016, 01:21:10 PM
The well wagon in the Thomas range used the same tooling as Bachmann's Main Line range with a similar livery:

(https://hattonsimages.blob.core.windows.net/products/33-901E_27273_Qty1_1.jpg)

If you check eBay, some listings even come with a load.

As for the flat car, that was a new tooling Bachmann made specifically for the Thomas range which is no longer available, as you already know.  I would recommend searching around online for an alternative.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on December 09, 2016, 01:59:52 PM
Thanks Chaz. I guess I'll just keep searching eBay and waiting for something to pop up.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on December 09, 2016, 10:02:55 PM
The well wagon with paint drums has really become that rare?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 10, 2016, 04:28:05 AM
^ It wasn't the Well Wagon with the Paint Drums, it was the Flat Car that came with the Paint Drums (77027). The Well Wagon (77031) was another bogied wagon, with a part between the bogies being lower down from the part of the wagon above the bogies, hence for it's name. It is exactly the same as in the picture that Chaz posted in an earlier comment.

Both of these flatbed wagon's are extremely rare these days.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on December 10, 2016, 10:19:44 AM
Ditto what Jacob said. I've been looking for them forever... :P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 10, 2016, 04:32:48 PM
I had a well wagon years ago and I could not find a container load to fit in it.All the us stuff is too wide,what would you use then??????
Chaz can you answer this?????
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on December 10, 2016, 06:21:35 PM
I have a feeling that Bachmann might bring back their well wagons and flatbeds next year.

However for the time being, their Branchline Range still has well wagons, which could serve as good alternatives to their Thomas counterparts, modellers could choose to repaint them if they wish.
(https://hattonsimages.blob.core.windows.net/products/33-879A-LN03_3279302_Qty1_1.jpg)

For US buyers, ehattons would be the best source.
http://www.hattons.co.uk/246666/Bachmann_Branchline_33_879A_LN03_45_Ton_bogie_well_wagon_in_LNER_grey_with_boiler_load_Pre_owned_Like_new/StockDetail.aspx

I had a well wagon years ago and I could not find a container load to fit in it.All the us stuff is too wide,what would you use then??????
Chaz can you answer this?????
UPTODAY

Well wagons are often used for cars, tractors, other road machinery, or boilers(as seen in the image). I could suggest using those as alternatives, if you can't find a smaller container.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on December 10, 2016, 07:03:07 PM
Thanks for the link Metal- that is really helpful.

I have been told that Bachmann Branchline Bogie Bolster Wagons (what a mouthful :P) are a good option for flatbeds. Any ideas where I could find them?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 10, 2016, 07:12:21 PM
^ Here is a cheap one Griffin: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BACHMANN-00-30-TON-BOGIE-BOLSTER-WAGON-/132022722315?hash=item1ebd2adf0b:g:8r0AAOSw2xRYQsyd/. Assuming that you are in the UK of course. I would even buy this, if I was looking for a Bolster Wagon.

They seem to be easy to get hold of, for not a lot of money so you shouldn't have to much of a problem finding them, unlike the Bachmann Thomas Flat Car with Paint Drums and the Well Wagon!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on December 10, 2016, 07:55:37 PM
I'm not, unfortunately.

I've been searching Ehatton's but the site is really hard to navigate...has anyone found anything?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 10, 2016, 08:10:03 PM
Hattons have one used one in stock (38-159). Those the number in the search box on their website and it will find it for you. Their website is not that complicated when get used to their layout. I check it out about once a week, as A- It's my favourite model shop,in my country and B- You can pick so good stuff up from there.

Anyway, there is yellow bolster wagon is also for pre-order at Hattons, however it has not been released yet.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: UPTODAY on December 10, 2016, 08:12:05 PM
Thanks,METAL!!!!!good advise!!!!!
UPTODAY


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on December 10, 2016, 11:16:01 PM
Man guys, I am just so happy right now! I've been getting pretty lucky finding these Tomix Thomas and Friends locomotives in perfect condition at such a low price. I just bought a Tomix Henry with an Express Brake Coach Set on ebay that is "Used "Old New Stock"" for $126.70 on ebay. So far, I got a Tomix Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set for $200 at a train show about a week ago, and I just bought a Tomix Henry yesterday on ebay pretty much in the same condition as my Tomix Thomas that I just got which looks brand new, or in mint condition. I never thought I would ever get any of the Tomix Thomas Trains. I got 2 character sets in the same month. First Thomas with Annie and Clarabel, and now Henry with an Express Brake Coach. What next? I am so happy! :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 11, 2016, 05:12:02 AM
^ Sounds good to me. Keep searching and you may find Percy and James. I've manged it with a few discontinued Hornby Thomas Wagon's, I have needed!

If I were you and I had bought Henry and the Express Brake Coach, I would want to find at least two of Express Composite Coaches as well. I like the Tomix Express Coaches as they are exactly the same of hpw they looked in the model-era TV series. They resemble the Express Coaches better compared to Bachmann's and Hornby's Coaches.

Please will you post pictures on the forum when your Thomas and Henry Train Pack's arrive?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on December 11, 2016, 12:29:34 PM
Yes, I sure will. I have my Tomix Thomas Set, but I don't have my Tomix Henry Set yet.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on December 11, 2016, 01:03:52 PM
Thanks TTTEfan1992. You might as well wait until Henry arrives and post them together on the forum.

I won't getting a N Gauge Thomas layout. OO/HO and the OO-9 Narrow Gauge is enough for me!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 02, 2017, 12:58:32 PM
Happy new year everyone!

I thought I would let you guys know that I am planning on attending Worlds Greatest Hobby in Puyllaup (not Seattle), Washington.  If I am able to go, expect pictures from yours truly after the show. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on January 02, 2017, 05:18:17 PM
Happy new year everyone!

I thought I would let you guys know that I am planning on attending Worlds Greatest Hobby in Puyllaup (not Seattle), Washington.  If I am able to go, expect pictures from yours truly after the show. :)


When is the show?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 02, 2017, 05:56:23 PM
The one in Puyallup will be on the 21st and 22nd, there will also be one in Atlanta this weekend.  For show info check here:

http://wghshow.com


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 02, 2017, 06:15:00 PM
^ Will Bachmann announce their 2017 releases at that event, Chaz?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on January 02, 2017, 06:29:37 PM
Their products get announced on this board at around February.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on January 02, 2017, 06:32:07 PM
^ Will Bachmann announce their 2017 releases at that event, Chaz?

Bachmann always announce their upcoming releases during the end of February.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 02, 2017, 06:34:21 PM
^^ I know that bit Metal, but I thought Bachmann might announce them before at show or give few hints at show or something, before the official release on this forum. You never know! Anyway Stupid brain of mine, I'm daft as big daft orange dog!

I am looking forward to February now! :) ;) :D ;D

^ Towards the end, that's too long! I remember seeing the announcement thread last year, but can't remember it being towards the end if the month!

Anyway, thank you for your help, Metal and donaldthescottishtwin. :)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 02, 2017, 06:44:08 PM
The announcements are once a year at the New York Toy Fair, just like last year, and it will be on February 18-21 this year.  No announcements at World's Greatest Hobby, unfortunately.  Personally I'd be happy enough just to see Oliver and the slate wagons on display or at a push, an update on Rheneas.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 02, 2017, 06:52:14 PM
^ I have those dates on my calendar then! Critic time to check this forum for new Thomas releases!

Good point there Chaz. It's like when I went to Warley back in November, they don't seem to, or won't give you any update on unreleased products that have already been announced, previously. I find it extremely odd!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on January 08, 2017, 12:43:04 AM
Hi everybody,

Here is a link to some pics of my Tomix Thomas and Friends Train Sets, if anybody is interested in looking at them.

http://s1379.photobucket.com/user/mporter2010/library/Tomix%20Thomas?sort=3&page=1


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 08, 2017, 07:36:41 PM
I'm sorry for making this unnecessary and unproductive post everyone (According to Plow Bender it will be); But TTTEfan1992, I can't view the images on this Photobucket link. All it comes up with is white screen. I've clicked on it many times using my tablet and my laptop and it has come up with this blank white screen every time.

Please could you post the images in a post please, on this thread, TTTEfan1992? Thanks.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on January 08, 2017, 08:34:33 PM
I've tried posting the pics on here, but the message keeps saying "The file is too large to post". Photobucket (the website that they're on) is not a very good website. My computer had a hard time getting along with the site. I can access them okay on my computer. Try refreshing the page, and play around with it until you get something. This is the best I can do.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 08, 2017, 08:41:48 PM
^ Ah, OK . I've refreshed it many times and I refreshed it just now and finally, the images have appeared. Thank you for your help, TTTEfan1992 and thank you for the great images. I will talk to you more about with you, via Personal Messages, to the relief of you all, especially Plow Bender.

I'm sorry about another unnecessary and unproductive post. That's the final now. Do please talk amongst yourselves.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on January 08, 2017, 09:33:42 PM
I'm sorry for making this unnecessary and unproductive post everyone (According to Plow Bender it will be)

I know I'm not on the threads very much however when I am on, I try to find out new things in the Thomas & Friends range but that post is completely unnecessary. Personally, I want to learn the facts, what's going on and I don't like sorting through clutter after clutter just to find what I want to find. Sorry for mentioning but I just wanted to let you know that if you have something important to say that will help everyone out, please post if you have to but when it's irrelevant and insulting others that know more than you, that's just being rude. In all honesty, these are meant to be toys for, say 10 year olds.

Like I said, I don't come here often, but I gotta say what I felt needed to be said; and I speaking for those who are trying to find information without sorting through garbage posts. It's very unprofessional especially when you've been told numerous times.

If this post is harsh, then learn to change your attitude.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 10, 2017, 01:32:58 PM
^ I'm sorry for not replying sooner - I have only just spotted this reply! However, I wish I hadn't now!:

What do mean by above post was unnecessary? I was asking a question to TTTEfan1992, about my trouble of viewing his images. I see that being completely understandable and a normal thing to ask? How is my question 'garbage' and 'clutter'?

By the way, Plow Bender has been insulting me many times, so it's not just me. I have been reasonable to Plow Bender, but he hasn't to me. That's not my fault. Please don't blame me.

I also have a good amount of Thomas & Friends knowledge, so I don't want to be told that Plow Bender knows more than me, because that isn't true.

Yes, WittmanStudios, it is harsh and I am not happy that another user is joining in with everybody else, on here. I don't know why I bother posting in the first place. I honestly thought that asking somebody a question of problems with viewing their attachment of images, of their collection is normal and alright, but clearly not.

I'm not going to bother posting anymore. I give up. There is no point posting when you can't please anybody. ::)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on January 10, 2017, 03:45:34 PM
So, apologies for changing the subject, but it was recently announced that three RWS stories will be adapted for Season 20. Said episodes are Mike's Whistle, Tit for Tat, and Useful Railway.

Thoughts?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Yardmaster on January 10, 2017, 04:45:49 PM
Let's all play together nicely so that the Bach Man doesn't have to start issuing "time outs". Thanks.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on January 10, 2017, 07:06:09 PM
So, apologies for changing the subject, but it was recently announced that three RWS stories will be adapted for Season 20. Said episodes are Mike's Whistle, Tit for Tat, and Useful Railway.

Thoughts?

I had no idea , this is pleasing news hopefully they will continue adapting RWS stories., Super Rescue would be a good choice seeing as they have now introduced Scotsman and re-introduced Donald and Douglas would also be great for Bear to be part of the TV series.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on January 10, 2017, 08:53:50 PM
Perhaps we could take the S20 discussions here.  :)

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,31663.90.html


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on January 11, 2017, 03:10:29 PM
I'm thinking of purchasing this and turning it into Dustin, the TWR-exclusive character. Thoughts?

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/jMEAAOSwd0BVzBta/s-l1600.jpg)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Athearn-93801-HO-RTR-Rotary-Snowplow-UP-90007-MIB/291538548749?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40832%26meid%3Dfe245c2d08ce4923b6ffa6c9955c264f%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D301711914904 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Athearn-93801-HO-RTR-Rotary-Snowplow-UP-90007-MIB/291538548749?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40832%26meid%3Dfe245c2d08ce4923b6ffa6c9955c264f%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D301711914904)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on January 12, 2017, 03:15:48 PM
I have heard from 2 trusted sources although non-bachmann employees that Rosie has been cancelled and that Oliver has been pushed back again until May of 2017. Is this true? I dont mean to start rumors, it just took me by surprise when I heard it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 12, 2017, 03:26:14 PM
^ I hope she has not been cancelled. That will disappoint me. She is on the Bachmann Trains Online Store, still under the status of 'coming soon'. I hope the information of her being cancelled, is just a rumour!

Which websites said that? Please could you post the two website links please, of this information? I am intrigued about reading this. Thank you.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 12, 2017, 04:04:31 PM
Oliver is due in March and based on what I've seen from different shops, including from Bachmann themselves, I think they are actually a lot more serious about this release date.  Some are even saying sooner like Walthers later this month but I doubt it.

It's also too soon to tell if Rosie got canceled yet, (as nice as that sounds ;)), only the 2017 catalog can really confirm that one.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on January 12, 2017, 06:40:25 PM
This was not on a website, this was from 2 of my local hobby shops. I trust them since they said that Edward was getting pushed back years ago. They also knew about Fred and Rickety being cancelled, so that kinda shows that they know the history and know what they are talking about.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 12, 2017, 07:02:40 PM
^ Oh, great :(! I was really looking forward to Rosie's release and buying her! If she has been cancelled, I hope Bachmann consider re-announcing her and actually releasing her, a second time around, in the future.

I find it very peculiar though, that Bachmann has not made an official announcement of this cancellation, of Rosie, on this Forum, or somewhere else, on their website. As Chaz said, it seems the only way we can believe this 100%, is see if she is featured in the 2017 catalogue, or not. As I've said, I really hope Bachmann are proceeding with Rosie's release.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on January 12, 2017, 09:26:06 PM
This was not on a website, this was from 2 of my local hobby shops. I trust them since they said that Edward was getting pushed back years ago. They also knew about Fred and Rickety being cancelled, so that kinda shows that they know the history and know what they are talking about.

The reason why I'm finding it very difficult to believe what you're telling me is you're making two ambiguous claims with incredibly vague evidence to support them.  It would help your case if you explained in better detail what your two hobby shops said to you, like when and where did they find these out, who told them, etc.  The stuff with Edward Fred and Rickety really shouldn't matter now as those were both a long time ago, over 10 years ago in the case of Fred and Rickety.  Like I said earlier, it's better to hear from Bachmann themselves with some more solid confirmation with news on product cancellation in the case for Rosie. 

Regarding Oliver, while I wouldn't put it past Bachmann to push him even further, the main reason why I'm seeing him come in March isn't just because of what other shops said but also because Bachmann themselves promoted Oliver as coming in "early 2017" with a photo and a display model of him at a train show.  Plus once the Chinese New Year is over I imagine that's when the manufacturing team in China will be able to ship the Oliver models to Bachmann over the next month or so, so he can be released to the public.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on January 12, 2017, 09:34:13 PM
I have heard from 2 trusted sources although non-bachmann employees that Rosie has been cancelled and that Oliver has been pushed back again until May of 2017. Is this true? I dont mean to start rumors, it just took me by surprise when I heard it.

"2 trusted sources" but are not Bachmann employees.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on January 12, 2017, 09:49:29 PM
I have heard from 2 trusted sources although non-bachmann employees that Rosie has been cancelled
Now why would you get my hopes up like that?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on January 12, 2017, 10:56:17 PM
I went to the first hobby store to find a decoder and some other items. I noticed that he had gotten some new Thomas engines so I brought it up to him and he said, "I wanted to get the two new engines in the shipment with these ones but one was delayed again and the other one got cancelled". I then asked him which ones were which and he pulled out last years catalogue and pointed to Oliver and said "this one was delayed and this one (pointed to Rosie) has been cancelled".

My reasoning for mentioning Edward, Fred and Rickety is that he knew about those ones being cancelled or delayed before and mentioned them by name. He obviously had knowledge about them and what had happened so my guess is thats why he knew about Oliver and Rosie. I have been going to that hobby store for years, which is why he is one of my trusted sources.

He didn't have the decoder I was looking for so I drove to another hobby store that I go to a lot. In fact I bought Duck, Henry and Spencer there along with rolling stock. I asked him about Oliver and he said that they were going to get him in May of this year. He didn't have any information about Rosie since he didn't even know she was coming out.

On a side note, I saw on Twitter that Oliver has been taken off of the shelfs that Bachmann uses at train shows. I know that is not proof in him being delayed, just thought I would mention it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on January 13, 2017, 12:32:00 AM
Alright, can we all just please back up for a second?

First off, Chaz and Mr. DTST make a very good point in each of their posts.  As Chaz said, it would help if you explained where your hobby shop found out this information and from who they obtained it from.  I too can believe that Oliver has possibly been pushed back (for the 1000th time), but if Rosie has in fact been canceled, I’ll believe it when I hear it from Bachmann themselves.  I’m not that gullible unlike some people… ::)

It’s also worth noting that hobby shops aren’t always the most reliable sources when it comes to information such as this.  Years ago I found out from a hobby shop that apparently another manufacture was discontinuing some models from their O gauge line, but this proved false as years later, these models are still in production.  Your hobby shop may have known about Fred and Rickety being canceled, but so did everyone else.  That doesn’t mean they know what they’re talking about with Rosie.  I’ve said this many times before, can we please just wait for the 2017 catalogue to come out before we start making false statements?

Until Bachmann themselves actually confirms that Rosie has in fact been canceled, there’s no need to worry and get upset about it.  In terms of Oliver being pushed back till May, well, we’ve been waiting 2 years now so what’s another 2 months?   I swear, if I had a nickel for every time someone on this forum made a ridiculous assumption, I’d be eating nickel soup…

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on January 13, 2017, 01:56:35 AM
I am just passing along information that I heard. I did say "I dont mean to start rumors, it just took me by surprise when I heard it", meaning that I know it wasnt 100% true. Everyone here just gets so uptight whenever anything is said about something... Not once did I say it was fact, so I dont understand why people are thinking it is. I dont believe what Walthers says anymore. If they were ever true, Oliver would have already been out for a year or more.

Plow Bender, I do understand your point about hobby shops not being reliable but I do not think these guys would just lie about it. I also did not ask where they got their information from. My guess is that when they placed their order for the other engines, they were told what they told me.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 13, 2017, 04:55:35 AM
I think all just need to assume that Rosie's release is still being proceeded with, unless Bachmann make an official announcement of Rosie getting cancelled. Let's wait until this year's announcements and see what Bachmann has to say about Rosie getting released, or not.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on January 13, 2017, 06:29:10 PM
With all due respect, I would not believe anything said about cancelled items until Bachmann, themselves, announced it.  

Walthers recently updated Oliver's TBA to Jan 16th.  Fingers crossed this is true!

Oliver wasn't at the WGH in Atlanta on Jan 9-10 because the model was somewhere else to go to another show. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on January 13, 2017, 06:37:32 PM
I have heard from 2 trusted sources although non-bachmann employees that Rosie has been cancelled and that Oliver has been pushed back again until May of 2017. Is this true? I dont mean to start rumors, it just took me by surprise when I heard it.
That I find suspicious! Though of course this wasn't the first time Bachmann cancelled products from their Thomas & Friends line, which are Rickety and Fred the Coal Wagon due to them being RWS only characters, Rosie is still showing Coming Soon on the Bachmann Store Web.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 13, 2017, 07:16:49 PM
^ I find it very suspicious as well, mate! I could understand Rosie getting cancelled if she is a character from The Railway Series, but she isn't. She is a recurring character (Mainly with cameo's), but nevertheless, from the TV series.

Now, I strongly believe that part the reason why Bachmann have announced Rosie is that she is a USA Class of steam locomotive, so I believe that this means it should be easier to release, than other previously released Thomas loco's, including un-released Oliver. As Rosie is a USA Class, I would be suprised if Bachmann do cancel Rosie and be intrigued to know why. If any announced Thomas loco get's cancelled before it's release, I would expect it to be a none USA Class of locomotive.

This just my thought about it and I do honestly believe part the reason for Rosie's announcement last year, is because she is a USA Class. I am very much looking forward to this year's announcements thread, to see what it has to say about Rosie. I am still hoping her release, is still continuing though! ;)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 14, 2017, 03:50:25 PM
What does it matter that she is a USA Tank Class loco? The USA Tank loco that Bachmann UK recently produced for Model Rail Magazine had nothing at all to do with Bachmann USA. Not to mention the UK one is OO Gauge, where as the Thomas Locos are HO.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 14, 2017, 04:25:58 PM
^ All I am saying, is that because Rosie is a USA loco, in my mind, I feel she should be easier for Bachmann Trains (USA), to release. I am probably talking complete gibberish, but I do honestly think this. It probably doesn't matter, but I am saying something that I thought was, or could be the reason for Rosie's announcement, 11 months ago. We will know how long it takes Bachmann anyway, whether or not she get's released more, or less quickly than Oliver has, when he finally get's released!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on January 14, 2017, 06:06:14 PM
I have to say that both Bachmanns are run by the same people, the only real difference is their target audience. Another thing I'm going to say is that these days Ho and OO guages are basically the same, they use the same track atleast. However much of the model would have to be remodeled for multiple reasons. The Model Rail engine has too many little parts on it to be kid friendly, so in a sense the whole body must be remolded, as they must also add a face and the whistle is in a different position. They side does would also have to be redone as Rosie's are positioned differently. The chassis has a few to many details so that'd also need redoing. At this point all you have leave is maybe a motor and maybe the side tanks. So you really can't compare Rosie to the current USA Tank as they are very different. I hope this helps. I'm sure we won't be disappointed with the end result.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 14, 2017, 06:22:31 PM
^ I do know that all the different Bachmann divisions in all the countries, are owned by he same company, Bachmann Industries Ltd. (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.). I know the fact that Rosie being a USA class of locomotive probably does not mean she would be easier to release, as I stated in my last post, but it might a tiny little bit, or does not make a difference at all. This just my opinion.

I am sure Rosie will be good, if she get's released and doesn't get cancelled! Please continue with the release of Rosie, Bachmann, if you are reading! I know you are! ;)

The only requirements of Bachmann's Rosie that I want, is her not to have the lamp above her ahead / on top her smoke box / in front of her funnel and she must have a prominent rosy cheeked face, like she did in the few model-era TV episodes, that she appeared in, before the change to the CGI series.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on January 14, 2017, 06:25:46 PM
^ All I am saying, is that because Rosie is a USA loco, in my mind, I feel she should be easier for Bachmann Trains (USA), to release. I am probably talking complete gibberish, but I do honestly think this. It probably doesn't matter, but I am saying something that I thought was, or could be the reason for Rosie's announcement,

Now, I strongly believe that part the reason why Bachmann have announced Rosie is that she is a USA Class of steam locomotive, so I believe that this means it should be easier to release, than other previously released Thomas loco's

The flaw with your theory is Rosie would have been released long ago if this was the case.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WilsonProductions2 on January 14, 2017, 06:32:31 PM
^ I guess you are right there, donaldthescottishtwin, however, my theory may partly be correct as she may get released sooner than Oliver will be, from announcement to release. Oliver was release pretty much 2 year's ago now and Rosie is a year, so if Rosie does get released sooner, from how long it took Bachmann with Oliver, from announcement to release, then my theory is partially correct.

Anyway, let us all just wait now for Oliver and Rosie. Let's just hope neither are too far from release. None of us know really when they are going to get released, nor do we know how easy really they will be to produce, so let's just all be patient for these two. Don't forget Rheneas and the Slate Wagon's too!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on January 22, 2017, 07:55:24 PM
So, as Jesse posted in the Thomas and Friends in 2017, Rosie has been given a new livery, a new persona, and a new job, according to SiF. Many are speculating that this is the reason her Bachmann model has taken so long. I whole-heartedly agree with this belief. It would make complete sense seeing as we haven't seen hide nor herd of Rosie since her announcement almost a year ago...makes you wonder how far in advance the production team had planned this change and whether or not they told the people at Bachmann. Maybe it would've made more sense to release Rosie as part of the 2017 line instead....


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ClrwtrMK2 on January 24, 2017, 08:35:00 PM
And since a lot of you are applauding HIT's "Brilliant" decision of changing Rosie for Season 21 & onwards, I guess I'll just leave the entire TTTE fanbase because you're all against me & original Rosie... Goodbye Forever!!!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on January 24, 2017, 08:58:39 PM
No one was against you, it's just you had an unpopular opinion (as it seems). I personally don't like the pink, especially now after seeing how much better they made her look (Once again, in my opinion). But that was nothing to leave over. I've seen a few people like the pink better, but they just carried on their day as if nothing happened, because, look at it this way, it's a character on a children's television program, it honestly shouldn't've been so stressful to you for you to close your account and leave a fanbase of a show you apparently care so much about.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on January 24, 2017, 10:17:20 PM
Well that was... Umm... Awkward...  ::)

Instead of making a new topic, I decided to talk about this in here.

Ryan from SiF (aka Sodor Island Forums) said that Rosie is not the only change coming in Season 21 and 2017. Not only does Rosie get a new everything (including new voice actor), but it seems like some more engines and locations may be returning as well. He hinted that two or three more surprises will be on their way as well. Care to discuss?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on January 24, 2017, 10:25:03 PM
Well in the new special this year they're adding the mainland so maybe that has something to do with it. Or maybe Hank or Molly or Aurthur or Stepney or Duke are coming. Who knows. We'll just have to wait and see.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on January 25, 2017, 12:19:50 AM
Just give me my Duke back, heck introduce Ivo Hugh into the TV series while you're at it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on January 25, 2017, 01:08:23 AM
I've forgotten that Ivo Hugh even existed, and TBH I personally think the show would still do fine without him.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 25, 2017, 02:16:01 PM
Does anyone have an image of her new colours?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on January 25, 2017, 02:22:40 PM
http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/d/d5/RosieSeason21.PNG/revision/latest/thumbnail-down/width/284/height/286?cb=20170122224906


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on January 25, 2017, 09:09:04 PM
I'm willing to bet anything Rosie's gonna be in her new livery. There's really no other option.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on January 26, 2017, 05:33:00 AM
Thanks for that HLC. Much better than the old one I think.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on January 29, 2017, 08:36:00 PM
There's not many ho versions I can find, that engine is really rare in all forms. You'd probably have to custom make it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on January 29, 2017, 10:42:36 PM
That however is the later version, the one Hugo is mainly based off has 4 wheels total, not 8 like the one shown there. I'm just going to forewarn you too that Hugo's nose is much more dull than the real one. However that one has the correct propeller. Other than a paint job though it's good. Good luck!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on February 17, 2017, 10:21:02 AM
Question for anyone who has an Ertl Trevor on their layout: how does it look on your layouts? I'm considering purchasing one online if Trevor is not announced for this year.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: sean1994rail on February 17, 2017, 10:22:31 AM
Question for anyone who has an Ertl Trevor on their layout: how does it look on your layouts? I'm considering purchasing one online if Trevor is not announced for this year.
Underscale IMO.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on February 17, 2017, 02:34:43 PM
We should expect announcements at about 4:30-5:00 today. Keep your eyes peeled.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on February 17, 2017, 02:38:47 PM
Question for anyone who has an Ertl Trevor on their layout: how does it look on your layouts? I'm considering purchasing one online if Trevor is not announced for this year.

Best thing to get is the Bandai TECs Trevor, ERTL is under scaled.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on February 17, 2017, 03:33:06 PM
Question for anyone who has an Ertl Trevor on their layout: how does it look on your layouts? I'm considering purchasing one online if Trevor is not announced for this year.
Underscale IMO.
Question for anyone who has an Ertl Trevor on their layout: how does it look on your layouts? I'm considering purchasing one online if Trevor is not announced for this year.
Thanks guys!
Best thing to get is the Bandai TECs Trevor, ERTL is under scaled.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on February 22, 2017, 09:36:45 PM
Well, we all know the rolling stock of Bachmann Thomas, HO scale specifically, leaves...much to be desired. Pieces are missing and wagons that make no sense are released instead of sensible, show-accurate wagons. There needs to be just as much focus on the rolling stock as there is on the engines. If we aren’t revamping extremely out of date models like Thomas, Percy, or James because of “cost” (I don’t believe we’re actually getting that redesigned James by the way), why not start with a total re-imagining of the rolling stock? Seriously, the cost to stop producing the out-of-date moulds and start creating new, up-to-date rolling stock that could still be repainted probably breaks even. Here’s how I see the revamp of rolling stock playing out.

Coaches
1. Re-designed CGI Designed Annie and Clarabel,this would include accurate roof, running board, and buffer-housings colors as well as new faces (both smiling- we should be past the days of Annie being surprised)

2. Existing Red Coaches, perhaps change the roof color to more accurately depict the current dark-grey color seen on the show, rather than black.

3. Existing Emily’s Coaches.

4. Redesigned GREEN Express Coaches, sized correctly length and width-wise to match the CGI renders. These would sell like hotcakes, and the new mould which would use less plastic to more accurately match the show.

5. Current Henrietta mould, but with CGI accurate face. This is such an easy mod and I don’t know why Bachmann hasn’t gone and done it yet.

6. Perhaps include Spencer’s Special Coach as part of the line, utilizing the new coach mould, but market it with a different name- something like “The Mainland Coaches” (considering that’s where Spencer predominantly works)- having them being engine-specific now will really narrow sales as anyone who isn’t intimately familiar with the range will assume the coach only works with Spencer, which obviously isn’t the case.

7. The is a case to be made for The Slip Coaches, however I don’t think they’ve been used enough in the show for Bachmann to seriously consider them. Plus, to retain accuracy, they would have to be a new coach mould. They wouldn’t be part of the initial revamp in my opinion.

Freight Wagons
Will divide these into subsections, since there are too many variants to combine them all.

Trucks
1. CGI Troublesome Trucks 1 and 2- I don’t see any issues with the current mould simply being given a new face, one stock-standard CGI smiling face for TT#1 and a laughing CGI face for TT#2. Something akin to the wooden railway faces.
2. CGI Whitewashed Vans- Just the current mould, but re-skinned, if you will, to represent the current van color on the show. Discontinue all the pointless recolors for the initial revamp. Bring them back if you want later on.
3. CGI Red Freight Cars- The exact same design and mould would work fine, but since we see them in such volume in the show today, perhaps have them available for both separate sale and in some sort of pack, gives the buyer more of an option depending how many they need.

(Since these are the only cars we really see currently, I’ll give other ideas I believe would be marketable even if they aren’t in the show currently)

Tankers
1. Oil Tankers- no changes. They are a bit small though, so a rescale might be in order. Not sure on that. Same with the red cars, sell them in a pack for those attempting to re-create the TVS.

2. Milk Tanker- same tooling, but with the new logo. Sell these only as separate sale, since they aren’t seen that might in the show today.

3. Fuel Tanker- new logo, existing tooling.

4. Tanker with face- Even though these aren’t in the show, fans would go nuts. Bachmann would make a huge selling on these. Just remove the logo from the oil tankers and slap a face on. Done.

5. Water tanker- We’ve seen these on the show, and even if they are just a recolor, at least they aren’t “the raspberry syrup tanker.”

That’s it for the initial re-release. More recolors of tankers can come later.

Assorted Rolling Stock
I’m too lazy to divide these up xD, so here’s what I think the rest of the rolling stock should look like.

1. Cattle Wagon- I would redo this tooling with sliding doors. Makes it way more interactive/marketable. For the initial revamp, only release it in the livery seen in the show. Re-release the other colors later.

2. Flatbed- Who the heck knows why Bachmann ever discontinued this. I’ve ranted and raved enough though, and personal bias is the only thing causing me to add this to the list xD same tooling as before, new load. Probably the rails and sleepers seen in SLOTLT. Perhaps even market it as the “Construction Yard Flatbed” or something.

3. Mail Wagons- are perfect the way they are. 😂 Discontinue the pointless recolors for the time being. Re-release the white one without the lobster decal later and add the blue strip seen in the show. Market it as “Flying Kipper Van.”

4. Conflat- We see this all the time in the show, all they’d need to do is add the small little guardrail that runs around the entire wagon. Possibly increase product with some sort of load. I remember pumpkins once being transported in a conflat- why not call it “The Pumpkin Wagon”? Bam. You’ve got a show-accurate wagon, a gimmick for the kids, AND a Halloween-themed product all wrapped up in one.

5. Brakevan- Show accurate, color and new tooling. Initially I would only release the stock standard grey-purple? color we see in the show, but as LS has shown us, Bachmann is open to variations such as The Spiteful Brakevan. Toad’s model is fine. He would be included in the initial revamp. Perhaps they could release Bradford at some point?

I like what we’ve got here. Any ideas? Edits are welcome!

EDIT: As I come up with more ideas or changes, they'll be posted here. Just FYI :-P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Toad139 on February 22, 2017, 10:36:15 PM
Although I agree with some of your points Griffin, I don't know why you would want CGI express coaches. Their renders are awful, they are too tall and narrow. They are missing their corridors as well as the smaller windows on the one side. It would be a much better decision to just release the old ones.

As for the CGI logos, I personally don't mind the new Oil Tanker one(although I prefer the classic). However the CG milk tanker, fuel tanker, and mail car aren't that good in my opinion. They should leave the tankers how they are.

The white-washed vans and red trucks are also not a smart move IMO. One of Arc's weak points is their use of rolling stock. They are pretty lazy when it comes to this because they just copy and paste the same model over and over again. People can criticize Nitrogen all they like but this is one thing they did better. They had many different oil tanker renders with different color shades and weathering, and they also had different color vans, utility wagons, trucks, and brake vans. Bachmann should just keep their vent van they way it is(No it's not accurate to the show but it has more detail and you can easily repaint it). The red trucks they make now are close enough as well.(These could also be repainted easily) I just don't think Bachmann should limit themselves because the animators do. I do pretty much agree with the rest of your points however.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on February 23, 2017, 11:47:02 PM
Griffin,
You made some good points but some of the "easy" stuff wouldn't actually be so easy. Like CGI based Annie and Clarabel. They would have to retool the molds the models come from. this costs more money and would probably sacrifice getting more than just a few products that year. Honestly, if Bachmann just redesigned the way the painted the faces on A&C to make them more CGI-esk, that would be fine with me! Plus that would be a cheaper route for Bachmann to take because they won't have to do much and they'll save money in the process. Almost the same with Henrietta. To accommodate a face, the area where her face is would have to be redesigned, because the windows are different by her face than they are on the other side. A new tooling would have to be made to accommodate this, which (you guessed it) costs money too. As for the cattle wagon, as much as i love this idea (ironically I was thinking about this the other day for some reason), this would have to be redesigned as well or taken from an old Bachmann Mainline model. Maybe if they took the toolings from a van with a sliding door and sold it as a "Flying Kipper van" then that would be pretty good! There's an old Bachmann Mainline tooling that Bachman could use. I actually believe this was discussed before somewhere in the message board. it looks like the "ice cream wagon," and all they'd have to do is paint it up and maybe put a face on it!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on March 22, 2017, 10:18:23 PM
Sorry for double posting but Train World went live with the head of marketing for Bachmann, Rich Janyzeck, recently talking about some recent products and answering questions. If you're interested, here it is. its long so i highlighted most, if not all, of the points about the Thomas products.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xY1EzZZbuM
LS sound Thomas and Winston 4:00
Running LS Winston 17:30
Approximate release time for Rosie at around 19:40
Approximate release time for Rheneas at around 22:20
Possibility of LS Thomas tender engines 27:08
Regarding faces on the products 35:48 (I think Rich might have forgot to say that they're keeping up with how the character presently looks... in terms of if its currently in the show and in full CGI or if they haven't made it to CGI yet)
in regards to "Redesigned James" 41:15
More talk about Rheneas 48:22

Some people may not be happy with the some approximate release times for the new stuff, but now we have a little more insight as to why some products have been/will be delayed. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say this, but a huge thank you to Mr. Janyzeck for answering those questions for us as best as he can and not giving too much away for future products!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JD417 on March 22, 2017, 11:37:34 PM
Best line out of that entire video is him saying "I'm not aware of a painting error on James.".

I honestly feel like he made a mistake in saying Rheneas is due for 2018. I think he got confused about how he was supposed to be out at the end of 2016, and now he's got pushed back to 2017.

Also, when has Bachmann actually gone and shown to completely revamp tooling for a character?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 23, 2017, 02:57:55 AM
I agree with Jesse that I think a more practical release date for Rheneas would be around the end of this year, since he was on display at Toy fair, whereas Oliver wasn't on display for almost two years after his announcement which is why he is only just now coming out.  

Honestly, I don't know why people still keep bringing up the updated paint scheme for James, I would be amazed if they actually follow through with this and actually fix the paint errors that were requested. If they don't do it anytime this year, I think it might be best to move on from that subject, considering the source of where it originally came from is questionable at best.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on March 23, 2017, 09:15:49 AM
The source of the James Repaint is actually from InsideTrack, a form admin, so no it's not a questionable source. Everything else on this forum so far I have to agree with though.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 23, 2017, 11:05:53 AM
Actually the original source of the James repaint came from an interview from a Thomas fan interviewing Doug Blaine who "confirmed" it to happen in 2015, which turned out was not the case.  He even seemed unsure of whether it was going to happen or not when I asked him about it a year later at a show in my area.

So yes it is a questionable source.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on March 23, 2017, 02:22:11 PM
I don't think inside track ever mentioned it.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on March 23, 2017, 02:28:05 PM
http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,29694.0.html

There's the link for the page on this forum where InsideTrack said that the repaint would be soon, apparently it also says on there that they got 2 years worth of James so the repaints wouldn't be here until after, and that was in 2015. Just backing up the claim I made earlier.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: thomasj219 on March 23, 2017, 09:04:54 PM
Well there we go. Here's hoping it happens.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: BassTbone on March 23, 2017, 10:50:57 PM
Honestly guys, its a small error you can fix personally.  I highly doubt they are going to spend money to repaint a model that already sells well. 

You should also keep in mind the price of tender engines in G scale too.  Maybe thats why they are sticking to smaller engines. 

Good to hear Oliver is shipping out Monday. 


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on March 23, 2017, 11:06:42 PM
The fact that not even another rep didn't even know about the updated paint scheme should honestly give a hint with how unlikely it is they will actually follow through with it.  Again, Doug said he wasn't sure about the updated paint scheme when I met him at the show that took place after that post.

Plus it's like what Michael said, it's not a big deal if they don't do it, since it's a modification that anyone can do if they are reallly bothered.  Not much of an investment on Bachmann's end to change a product to satisfy a minority of consumers who buy the model.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: WittmanStudios on April 01, 2017, 07:41:43 PM
Sorry to be that sort of person but I have an inquiry that has been plaguing my mind, what has happened to the selection of Bachmann Thomas & Friends HO scale train sets? I see less and less new sets coming out and I've seen more discontinued than introduced. Has the interest of buying train sets gone down? Or has it to do with the amount of products that can be sold with a train set and if so, then why not come up with ideas to implement new sets on the Thomas & Friends Range?

It's not a matter of importance but that's been on my mind and I might have answered my own question somewhere but I thought I'd bring it up just because I find that very interesting.

Thanks for your time. Have a good weekend.

Best,

Wittman


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Toad139 on April 16, 2017, 03:41:05 PM
One of the main reasons that sets are being discontinued is sales. The range itself isn't doing bad and they regularly introduce new products, but Bachmann have stated that sets with Thomas do the best. A set is supposed to be a place to start off and if a parent goes out to get a set for their kid they are going to go with the one that has Thomas rather than a character like Salty or James.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: DinoNTrains on May 11, 2017, 06:31:01 PM
Has anyone else seen the new trailer for Journey Beyond Sodor? I personally think the film is going to be one of the best specials yet!

And who else was surprised to see more freight cars/trucks with faces!?! Who knows, a potential future Troublesome Truck for Bachmann's range?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on May 11, 2017, 08:20:40 PM
Just another long toy commercial.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: MeganekkoFury1126 on May 11, 2017, 11:54:24 PM
I for one really like the looks of the new characters.
Merlin in particular has a really cool prototype with an interesting history on its own.
I'm glad that Thomas is continuing to cast more 'adult program' actors since Tale of the Brave and Lost Treasure, because it gives the characters some more life, in my opinion, and gives us older fans something else to appreciate about them. Hugh Bonneville really seems to be having fun with his role.

I'm glad that the special is focusing on James, too. I might've preferred another Steam Team member like Edward or Gordon, but James will certainly do, and the scenes with him look stellar, as does the action in general.

Though, two things felt a little off putting. The animation in some areas doesn't look complete. Some colors look way too glossy when they should be duller, and others don't have complete shading. I think they'll smooth out those issues when the movie is complete.

The other one, and this is one EVERYONE is very against, is the way the trains shake and move on their own whenever they talk. I'll admit, it does feel very uncanny - especially since this is something I'd see in Pixar's Cars, not Thomas - but it's not something that I think will ruin the film.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on May 21, 2017, 04:48:12 PM
And yet you didn't even bother to include any new rolling stock for narrow gauge on your fantasy list.

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/spoonuniversi-wpengine/spoonuniversi/wp-content/uploads/sites/129/2015/09/shame.gif)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on May 21, 2017, 05:05:01 PM
I'm more angry that Sam gets a model but not Logan or Dustin?? Darn you Bachmann1!!!111!! >:( >:(


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on May 22, 2017, 03:36:39 PM
I'm more angry that Sam gets a model but not Logan or Dustin?? Darn you Bachmann1!!!111!! >:( >:(

Bachmann never said they were making Sam as he is a wooden railway only character...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on May 22, 2017, 04:09:34 PM
I'm more angry that Sam gets a model but not Logan or Dustin?? Darn you Bachmann1!!!111!! >:( >:(

Bachmann never said they were making Sam as he is a wooden railway only character...

The joke just flew over your head.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Anthony P2 on May 23, 2017, 11:33:23 AM
I'm more angry that Sam gets a model but not Logan or Dustin?? Darn you Bachmann1!!!111!! >:( >:(

Bachmann never said they were making Sam as he is a wooden railway only character...

The joke just flew over your head.

Sorry. Haven't checked the board in a while. Hard to tell a joke from seriousness when you can't hear the tone of which it was said. Especially in this fanbase... ::)

Anyway... I'm excited for the new special! Especially after learning about the special guest star! I'm defiantly looking more forward to this one than TGR. Wasn't a big fan of the fact that it was going to  be a musical but it grew on me after realizing the songs weren't bad. There was a lot of thought put them as opposed to the Eggplant songs! as for the "hopping" of the characters now, well ,that will probably grow on me. After all, they did it with the off-rail characters (like Kevin, the Pack, Butch, etc.). I figured it would only be a matter of time when they did it to the engines.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on June 18, 2017, 08:28:03 AM
I found a custom shell of Rex for z scale. I'm not sure if anyone would want it so I just wanted to post it.
   http://m.ebay.com/itm/Shapeways-River-Esk-2-8-2-Z-Scale-Unfinished-Custom-Rex-Thomas-And-Friends-/263034617005?hash=item3d3e15bcad%3Ag%3AvpkAAOSwrfVZPzyz&_trkparms=pageci%253A19a77c96-5421-11e7-b396-74dbd1809741%257Cparentrq%253Abb2986bf15c0aa668e9a3f72fffc5be3%257Ciid%253A14


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 22, 2017, 04:51:18 PM
I'm honestly surprised no one has bought that yet since you posted that.  All things considered, even with the option of making an offer, that's a pretty good deal.  I would have picked that up myself if it weren't for the fact that I don't own any z scale track and don't have plans to model miniature gauge.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on June 23, 2017, 08:14:35 AM
I'm honestly surprised no one has bought that yet since you posted that.  All things considered, even with the option of making an offer, that's a pretty good deal.  I would have picked that up myself if it weren't for the fact that I don't own any z scale track and don't have plans to model miniature gauge.

It's not mine,I just found it on eBay.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on June 23, 2017, 08:29:20 AM
Right, that's what I was referring to since you made the post sharing the link on here a couple of days ago. :P


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on July 10, 2017, 05:10:47 PM
Probably off-topic, but why are the red coaches (not brake!) out of stock everywhere? Is bachmann just waiting for a new shipment or is something else amiss?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on July 10, 2017, 05:45:51 PM
I would imagine that the reason why these are selling out more than the brake coaches is more people would typically buy more of the standard red coaches and one, possibly two red brake coaches.  The good news though is that because they are popular sellers and easy enough for Bachmann to make, I'm sure they will be producing more of them soon, when a new batch would be out though is hard to say.  If you need them urgently, eBay has a few listings of them but at steep prices.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on July 24, 2017, 03:13:50 PM
Has anyone seen any videos or reviews of Bachmann Rosie since her release?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on July 25, 2017, 12:18:21 PM
Has anyone seen any videos or reviews of Bachmann Rosie since her release?
i have seen videos on twitter from Neiltheuglyengine02.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: HLC Railroad on July 25, 2017, 02:03:14 PM
Has anyone seen any videos or reviews of Bachmann Rosie since her release?
i have seen videos on twitter from Neiltheuglyengine02.
Link:
https://twitter.com/TTTEguy1984/status/886766350437408768

Hopefully bachmann gets a new shipment in soon and more people can get it and review it in good quality.
Also not sure how I feel about the new packaging design.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on July 25, 2017, 02:17:39 PM
http://worldscreen.com/tvkids/new-thomas-friends-series-set-for-mipjunior-screening/

Have fun kids


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on July 25, 2017, 04:22:48 PM
What a mess...a sad, sad mess.

Maybe bachmann will be obligated to make international engines now instead of TVS characters? Idk...


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on July 25, 2017, 08:35:21 PM
The international engines in The Great Race were bad enough, we don't need more.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on August 13, 2017, 03:06:44 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwYgEcevFpc

For those of us that couldn't make it to the show in Orlando, here is a video showing a brief look at the Bachmann display at 2:15 in the video.  I'm surprised none of the new rolling stock from this year's announcements made it on display since it didn't take much time for last year's announcements, same with the large scale spiteful brake van.

Curiously enough, all of the engines currently available in HO made it on display except for James…

*Insert overly-excited posts about how the new paint scheme for James will happen below*


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on August 13, 2017, 03:46:34 PM
No sign of Paxton either. He could be delayed.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on August 14, 2017, 04:11:01 PM
No sign of Paxton either. He could be delayed.

For gods sake he was only announced 5 months ago. Give them a break.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on August 15, 2017, 11:40:37 AM
Actually, Paxton was announced six months ago. Already half a year has passed. The next announcements are half a year from now.

Due to how things have been going, we probably shouldn't expect a Bachmann Daisy anytime soon. Because of economics, we've only been getting tank engines and diesel shunters. Daisy's chances have been getting slimmer, despite all her recent appearances in the show.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: trains4life on August 15, 2017, 11:49:00 AM
I'm more worried about Rheneas, he was announced back in February of 2016! Talk about a long wait. lol


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on August 15, 2017, 12:06:30 PM
I have no idea what's taking so long for Rheneas. Maybe they're trying to get a HUGE supply, because we know Skarloey can't stay in stock for 60 seconds.

If Rheneas ends up being delayed til next spring, he'll be the next Oliver, who's already the most delayed product in Bachmann Thomas history. I doubt that though. Rheneas might get released in December.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: ThomasFan247 on September 02, 2017, 11:39:54 AM
Hey everyone! I've been pretty quiet on here lately, but I thought I'd share my latest episode with you all. I hope you enjoy! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDsmBPvR-rM&lc=z22nyddidzzvsjurc04t1aokghulyh3byqzp0hcmorbfrk0h00410


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on September 02, 2017, 03:52:28 PM
Once again I throughly enjoyed the episode you made for your series.  Both your layout as well as your models looked great in the episode, and I enjoyed the relationships between some of characters most notably the one shown with Thomas and Percy before Percy's crankpin broke.  That moment alone felt like something from the classic series.  The latter half was good too even though it felt too similar to Toad's Adventure it was still very entertaining.  Your Toad voice is spot on!

Keep up the good work, as always please feel free to keep us posted with your work.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TheWinnerGuyCJP on September 11, 2017, 03:37:15 PM
Thomas is back in stock, with new packaging, but you already knew that, right?  Now where's Skarloey?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on September 12, 2017, 01:23:53 AM
Thomas is back in stock, with new packaging, but you already knew that, right?  Now where's Skarloey?
pretty sure I just said that in the other topic  ::)


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on September 12, 2017, 12:07:10 PM
I am also wondering why Skarloey and the red coaches aren't back in stock...it's been almost a year now and they haven't shown up anywhere. I was lucky enough to pick up one of each of the red coaches at the train show in Orlando last month, but I'd love to have 2 or 3 more composite coaches and Skarloey has been on my list since he came out. Adding to this, Rheneas was not released at the end of August like the reps at the train show said, so I'm wondering what the heck is going on over at the Thomas sector of Bachmann. Any ideas?


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on September 22, 2017, 08:31:01 PM
I am also wondering why Skarloey and the red coaches aren't back in stock...it's been almost a year now and they haven't shown up anywhere. I was lucky enough to pick up one of each of the red coaches at the train show in Orlando last month, but I'd love to have 2 or 3 more composite coaches and Skarloey has been on my list since he came out. Adding to this, Rheneas was not released at the end of August like the reps at the train show said, so I'm wondering what the heck is going on over at the Thomas sector of Bachmann. Any ideas?

Personally I'd recommend you either get Rheneas when he first comes out or better yet, preorder if you haven't already.  I think preordering is the best option because at least that way you have a better chance of getting Rheneas when he's released.  I'm kind of in the same boat as you are with Skarloey.  I didn't get the model when it first came out, and now I'm waiting for one of the retailers I buy from to get him back in stock again.  I'm at least hoping they'll have him available again in time for Christmas, but with the holiday rush and all, I bet the stock won't last long.  I'd recommend preordering any of the HOn30 engines you want when and if they're announced.

I'm sure many know this already, but the reason Bachmann has such a big supply and demand issue with Skarloey (and Rheneas when he's released) is because they are the first ready to run HOn30/009 models.  For years the only option for narrow gauge engines was going out and buying kits to make your own.  From what I've seen, many people are going out and buying Skarloey and Rheneas just to make their Talyllyn counterparts.  It's a lot easier for someone to just go out and buy Skarloey (already with a working chassis) and convert him, but its also irritating when you're a serious collector who just wants a Bachmann Skarloey.  Either way, it's pretty much a snooze you lose deal like it or not.

Rusty on the other hand may not be as hard to get as Skarloey and Rheneas.  I say this because his CGI render looks nothing like his Talyllyn counterpart, and therefore people using the Bachmann models for their Talyllyn conversions may not bother with altering him.  Then again, you've got the diehard kitbashers out there who would probably reuse the model in any way they can.  Either way, I'd recommend preordering Rusty in the near future if you can as well.

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on September 25, 2017, 05:43:45 PM
I have a bad feeling that Season 21 is going to be the last decent season, because this upcoming "Big World" thing is actually NOT a spinoff, but it's replacing the actual show.

Oh boy... I can't imagine how unrealistic it's going to be. I bet my bottom dollar that the engines will bounce more than ever. With how bad the recent specials have been, with Lost Treasure being the last decent one, and how Wooden Railway has been downgraded to Thomas Wood, I think Mattel is starting to RUIN Thomas. They don't listen to us, because we're not the target audience.

I don't think we'll have a good special again. :(

Last year, everyone let Mattel get away with that pointless bridge jump scene from The Great Race, and now we've got bouncing engines. Is Mattel trying to make Thomas like Chuggington? I'm REALLY feeling concerned about the future of the series.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TheWinnerGuyCJP on October 02, 2017, 08:00:06 PM
Still waiting for James to be back in stock so we can see the re-paint.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on October 02, 2017, 08:26:19 PM
Still waiting for James to be back in stock so we can see the re-paint.

(https://i.imgflip.com/zp87l.jpg)

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 02, 2017, 10:27:06 PM
Spouting memes isn't going to change the fact that it was confirmed on the forum that it was supposed to happen, but didn't due to a mis-communication with China.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on October 03, 2017, 09:31:30 AM
Spouting memes isn't going to change the fact that it was confirmed on the forum that it was supposed to happen, but didn't due to a mis-communication with China.

This is new information to me as I never heard any of this.  Well then, now that we've got that straightened out, show me where on here that someone from Bachmann Industries legitimately says what you just stated in your post.  I'd love to see this for myself as well.

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 03, 2017, 09:43:17 AM
ok

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,29694.msg219432.html#msg219432
Sorry, the repainted James is not going to happen for a few years. We sent new artwork to our factory, but the factory sent us a two years' supply of James locomotives without using the new artwork.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 03, 2017, 08:34:18 PM
A lot of you seem to keep forgetting a post regarding this during the NMRA in 2015.

He (Doug Blaine) also said that it is not a safe bet to talk about James being redone in 2017 since things change in production (since this was originally due in 2015 but was put off til later).  I think it is best that it is best to wait until photos of the model itself are revealed to confirm the changes, since revisions usually come in unannounced.  


I would really hate to see you guys get your hopes over nothing since when the Thomas model came back in the new packaging there were no changes made to the model whatsoever.  The same will probably happen with Percy and James too.  Production changes occur regularly with Bachmann, so this wouldn't anything new.  Especially when this was originally planned for 2015 but was supposedly pushed two years.  What if it gets pushed back another two more or, more likely than not, not even bother?

Even if they really do go with the revision is that really enough to do justice to buy the model?  Yes it would be nice and all but it's not going to win everyone over since most people wouldn't care and those that did made the modifications themselves.  Plus it doesn't change the fact that the James model would still likely have the poor face, the incredibly light/poor motor, even looking ridiculously tall compared to other engines like Gordon or Edward.  It's not that much more different than the complaints about the Rosie models livery.  Again, a nice change but won't change the fact that it's still not a good model.

Don't count your eggs until they actually hatch.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Griffin on October 03, 2017, 09:28:51 PM
 Plus it doesn't change the fact that the James model would still likely have the poor face, the incredibly light/poor motor, even looking ridiculously tall compared to other engines like Gordon or Edward.  It's not that much more different than the complaints about the Rosie models livery.  Again, a nice change but won't change the fact that it's still not a good model.

Don't count your eggs until they actually hatch.
Curious what you think makes Rosie "not a good model," other than the fact that you don't like her as a character. I'm confused by the comparison of her model to James's, seeing as both aesthetically (based on the TVS render/model pre-repaint) and mechanically she is far superior. Is it really anything more than a personal bias? Just wondering.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on October 04, 2017, 12:23:41 AM
Well considering this revised James statement came from Bachmann Industries rather than just some noob here on the forum, I can honestly agree it holds a little more truth than something just slapped up on YouTube like an interview video.  *cough, cough*

However, I'm still not entirely convinced that we're supposedly getting a revised James.  I have to agree with Chaz on this.  The James model has far bigger problems than just the gray wheels and the unpainted bit on the smokebox.  Bachmann has come a long way since the release of their first 3 engines, and when you take a look at models then vs. now, there's simply no contest.  I too do not see where a couple alterations is going to be much of an improvement for James, or any of the models for that matter.  The best way to fix the issues in question is to just scrap the old tooling and make a new one.  Unfortunately I'm probably just throwing fuel on the fire by even saying that...

In response to Mr. Griffin as well, I believe Chaz was referring to both Rosie and James not being good models.  Rosie does in fact hold quite a few negatives with her Bachmann model, but that somewhat depends on who you are and how particular you want to be.  Personally I feel Oliver can be thrown in there as well, but that's just my opinion.  Then again, I haven't even touched a piece of Bachmann HO Thomas & Friends stock in over 5 years, so my thoughts on new arrivals are a case of I calls 'em as I sees 'em.  No need to start raging at me for having an opinion...

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 04, 2017, 12:55:36 AM
I expect them to simply repaint James' proper parts black and call it a day because I have zero faith in Bachmann actually making new models of Thomas, Percy and James after nearly 8 years of pointing out the flaws with the first three engines and getting no real results from the criticism.

After awhile, you learn what they listen to and what they don't listen to.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TheWinnerGuyCJP on October 04, 2017, 06:57:36 PM
Honestly, I can't stand the hate on the James, Percy, Thomas, Diesel, Rosie, Arry, Bert, & Oliver (Doubt these models were hated though).

Note that Hornby had flaws as well.

I know Hornby's Diesel has a better face, but the color is off to me, besides, The chassis is not accurate.
Not to mention their Arry & Bert models are just Splatter & Dodge in disguise.
Hornby models in general are out of proportion.
Hornby Oliver's handrails go into his head.
Hornby never done Rosie (Obviously).
And Hornby is too lazy to re-release anymore engines.

WHY CARE ABOUT THE FACE, GRAY WHEELS, & RED SMOKEBOX SADDLE ON JAMES?
Besides, NO.  ONE'S.  PERFECT!
If you want a better face for James, BTW, Sculpt a classic Smile face of him with holes to keep the moving eye mechanism, same goes for Percy & Thomas.

Also, #BringBackSalty

Besides, it's either Bachmann James, or no James at all.
You could buy a hornby James, but remember, he's out of proportion.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 04, 2017, 08:25:07 PM
WHY CARE ABOUT THE FACE, GRAY WHEELS, & RED SMOKEBOX SADDLE ON JAMES?
People who care about accuracy in the product they're buying do.

Besides, NO.  ONE'S.  PERFECT!
This is a commercial product, not another human being.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 05, 2017, 08:34:20 PM
Let's change this redundant topic, for goodness sake...

If we were to get a diesel with a new tooling, I think Den has a much higher chance than Norman, because Den has had significantly more speaking roles, merchandise, and even his own episode.

Norman RARELY speaks. The Great Race was his first speaking role since Season 17. Norman has had less than 10 lines in all his roles combined. He still has yet to have his own episode. Even Sidney has been making significantly more appearances and speaking roles lately, and at least he actually had HIS own episode. Norman's overall merchandise is pitiful. Only two models ever made so far; both discontinued.

Of course, if Bachmann eventually does announce Den, they can always announce Dart a year later. I know Hornby made Dart, but they never made Den.

I'd definitely pick Den over Philip any day, since he's a much more likeable character. Like the Class 08s, Den also has outside-frame siderods, but that's not too hard.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on October 07, 2017, 09:10:23 AM
I can kind of agree with you Mr. Trainfan.  If Den was introduced into the range, it would give Bachmann a reason to announce a few other things as well.  Potentially, if Bachmann made Den, they would introduce Dart to go with him.  Then if we have Den and Dart, Bachmann could introduce the Dieselworks as their next building.  I wouldn't count on the structure looking that impressive though, just as I wouldn't count on a breathtaking rendition of the Steamworks.  Bachmann's Dieselworks would not be very large, would probably just have 2 or 3 doors, and if you're lucky the turntable inside, but without the ability to be elevated.  In other words, think Bachmann's Knapford Station kit.

The only problem I can see right now is that while Den is a likely candidate for the range, his partner in crime (Dart) poses a problem.  Dart is not a very large engine, in fact he is about 2 times smaller than Thomas.  That being said, if Dart were to be made, he would be the smallest model in the HO range.  As we've seen in the past with the range, Bachmann doesn't make small models, hence why Winston exists in large scale, but will never be made in HO.  I know some want to argue that Dart being a small model means nothing because Bachmann has made speeders and hand cars in HO, but those we're made a for an entirely different market and for the more serious collectors.  As for the Skarloey engines, the same thing applies.

I think many can agree that Bachmann wouldn't announce Den without Dart, and in turn would probably just dismiss the possibility of either model being brought into the range.  I'm not saying I don't want to see Den and Dart in HO, but sadly we have to think realistically about this.  We all know Bachmann isn't lazy enough to pull a reverse Hornby, so chances of getting Den are zero.  I wouldn't completely write off the Dieselworks being brought in as Bachmann's next building for the range, but I wouldn't get your hopes up either.

Personally I'd be leaning more towards either getting Norman or Sidney for 2018.  I'd honestly have to say that at this time Sidney seems like the most likely to be made next, simply because his tooling is already there.  I personally think Sidney would be a great addition to the range and there has been a lot of interest in his character lately.  Many actually started asking for Sidney for 2018 after Paxton was announced this year.  In terms of value for Bachmann, Sidney would be their best option to announce for 2018, aside from just not bothering with announcing another engine in HO and just going for announcing 2 engine in narrow gauge.

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 07, 2017, 04:05:10 PM
Yeah, Den wouldn't be such a bad idea if Dart wasn't so small. Den seems very likely, but his partner, Dart, would be the smallest engine in HO. Bachmann wouldn't want to make one without the other. Den isn't a bad idea, but Dart's size makes him problematic, because of the fact that Dart is much smaller than Percy, and even Philip, rendering Den's chances very slim. Dart's like a narrow gauge engine that runs on standard gauge track. His render is much smaller than Oliver's and Porter's. Open wagons tower over him. I suppose they could scale him up, but I'm not too sure about that. Oliver's Bachmann model isn't as small as his render, but large enough to still be considered an HO engine.

Dart wouldn't be scaled up too much, but he can at least be big enough to have an eye mechanism and motor accommodated.

When it comes to diesels with new toolings, I guess Norman is the most likely, despite his rare speaking roles, and still doesn't have his own episode. He did contribute something to The Great Race; being involved in an accident with Thomas, making the blue tank engine unable to participate. I kind of would rather see Norman, since at least he shouldn't be problematic.

For 2018, Sidney is definitely the most likely, simply because Bachmann has his tooling, and his amount of recent appearances and speaking roles, even having his own episode. Being such a forgetful engine makes him a unique character in the show, and more people are getting interested in him. For HO Scale, Sidney is inevitable. He will also be the last Class 08 character.

Like you said, Plow Bender, ever since Paxton was announced, people really started asking for Sidney. Unlike Cherry Rosie, which some people have been asking for, recolors like Paxton and Sidney are actually separate characters, which makes people want to buy them.

Paxton may get released in spring, if not, next summer for sure. His image may not be revealed until the 2018 catalog gets released. I do think Paxton would sell MUCH better than 'Arry and Bert, especially by the fact that he's not an antagonistic diesel. Even classic series fans like him. I don't know many 'Arry and Bert fans, and their models sold poorly, so there's a good chance they'll soon join Salty in discontinuation.

The only reason not many modelers have made Sidney is because it's difficult to find a good face for him, since he has no TrackMaster model. Do you think Sidney would make a good seller? He's also not an antagonistic diesel.

I think if Sidney does get announced for 2018, that would make Norman inevitable for 2019, so that way, we'd get the whole trio of diesels that made their debut in a not-so-good special. We could get either one for next year, but we won't know until then. Of course, Norman does require a new tooling, but he's not too big (like Daisy) or too small (like Dart). Bachmann did manage to announce Rosie when Oliver was delayed, and both engines required new toolings. I think Norman would make a much better seller than Philip, since Norman is nowhere near as obnoxious, or overused, even though most of his appearances are cameos. If Norman does get made, people would make their own episodes about him. How Bachmann's design would go, they could make Norman's drive wheels and transmission wheel all connected to the same rod, but in the show, another rod is placed over connecting his middle wheel to the transmission wheel. Norman might also have the same length as Duck. Being a diesel shunter, his tooling shouldn't be as hard to make as a steam engine's, since he's more of a box in shape.

I wouldn't mind getting a steam engine like Ryan either. I'd rather have him than Stanley. I REALLY hope Bachmann doesn't make Philip, and even if they do, we can't blame Bachmann; we can blame Mattel.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on October 11, 2017, 07:20:15 PM
Paxton may get released in spring, if not, next summer for sure. His image may not be revealed until the 2018 catalog gets released. I do think Paxton would sell MUCH better than 'Arry and Bert, especially by the fact that he's not an antagonistic diesel. Even classic series fans like him. I don't know many 'Arry and Bert fans, and their models sold poorly, so there's a good chance they'll soon join Salty in discontinuation.

I know I seem to say this about everything, but I think many would be happy to see Paxton released in time for Christmas.  When you consider the fact that his tooling is already there, all Bachmann really has to do is just make a new tooling for the face.  After all Skarloey (who had a completely new tooling) was released about a year after he was announced, so I think Paxton could potentially have a chance too if Bachmann can avoid any delays.

On the topic of Arry and Bert though, I was actually quite a big fan of them back when they were introduced in Season 5.  What I really liked about them was their dark personalities and just how they literally had no sympathy when it came to scrapping steam engines.  When I really lost interest in them was in Season 6 (Episode: Middle Engine) when they went from being almost homicidal villains to mediocre pranksters.  If Arry and Bert had just stayed the same devious villains they were back in Season 5, they probably would have a larger fan base and their models may have done better in terms of sales.  Sadly we live in a time now where all children's shows have to be friendly and have a positive atmosphere...

I wouldn't mind getting a steam engine like Ryan either. I'd rather have him than Stanley. I REALLY hope Bachmann doesn't make Philip, and even if they do, we can't blame Bachmann; we can blame Mattel.

I'm honestly all for seeing Ryan introduced in HO, but also in large scale.  Sadly I see more of a chance for Philip in large scale, simply because Bachmann favors smaller models in the range these days and Philip fits the part.  I could drag this discussion out a little longer, but I'm kind of pressed for time.  That being said, I'll pick up on this another day.

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 11, 2017, 10:00:08 PM
'Arry and Bert were announced in 2013, but released in the summer of 2014. Paxton might suffer that same delay.

Political correctness must have been what butchered 'Arry and Bert from complete psychos, to silly pranksters, just to make it more kid-friendly.

If Bachmann absolutely has to make Philip, I'd rather see him in Large Scale than HO Scale. I'd rather see Mavis of course, but Large Scale is dying, so we can't expect much there anymore. Large Scale has only a few years left. It won't EVER outsell HO Scale.

Do you think Norman has a better chance than Daisy? Even though Daisy has had plenty of starring roles, she's a big engine, and Bachmann hasn't made any big engines for the Thomas line since Donald and Douglas. Since then, we keep getting tank engines and diesel shunters, and only one engine gets announced a year now. Norman shouldn't be a problem at all, since he's a diesel shunter, and he's not too big, or too small. Unlike Daisy, Norman has a fixed wheelbase, so an eye mechanism will easily work for him. Norman is probably the most likely new tooling, despite most of his appearances being cameos. Rosie was a very similar case, but they made her as an attempt to bring girls into the hobby; a marketing tool, because of this "girls like pink" stereotype.

If Bachmann makes Ryan, then they'd have to make Daisy, so we can have the Harwick duo.

It would be cool to have both Sidney and Norman announced, with one engine using a new tooling, and one using an existing tooling, but I wouldn't count on it, since like I said above, Bachmann only announces one engine in recent years. They did a very similar thing in 2015, when they announced Oliver and the Celebration Thomas for the 70th Anniversary, but also keep in mind that no engine was announced in 2014. So there's a very good chance we'll only get one or the other, at least in the same year.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 11, 2017, 10:24:12 PM
I'm sure what butchered Arry and Bert (among other things) was Season 6+ bringing out a new team of incompetent young writers fresh out of college who had no idea what Thomas or a train was.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 11, 2017, 10:49:21 PM
The issue with Norman isn't so much the fact that he is a new tooling, but he is basically a nobody character compared to Paxton in Sidney. While Paxton made perfect sense to me, Sidney only just recently had some lead roles and regular CGI appearances in the last two seasons.  Norman has barely done anything since his introduction, so introducing him at this point would be pointless.

I think because Philip is pretty small and simple to make, I feel like if Bachmann were to do him, I could see him only in large scale like Winston.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 12, 2017, 12:19:49 AM
So, I guess Norman's lack of proper roles and character development makes him a long shot. Norman still remains a blank slate as a character, making him a long shot for Bachmann.

Who do you think is the most likely new tooling? Ryan, Daisy, Stanley, Porter, Samson, or someone else?

Philip could be too small for HO. Porter would need to be scaled up.

As for Stafford, he would be the first electric engine, but, like Norman, is also a blank slate as a character.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 12, 2017, 12:43:38 AM
If we're gonna be real, I feel like discussion and attention should be focused on Daisy more than any other character; she's a classic character whose had a lot of modern representation, a female character, and a very simple design tooling wise. She could easily pass for a single body mold. I don't think size is an issue in that regard, especially since she's far from the largest diesel engine on the show. Hopefully it's not too late for Bachmann to consider her for the 2018 range.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 12, 2017, 12:54:12 AM
I quite agree!

Daisy is a classic character who's been making a lot of regular CGI appearances. She may be big, but she is really a box in shape. She would be the first bogied diesel in the Thomas line. I really hope Bachmann can make her someday. She would be a huge seller. Not even Hornby made her. Daisy's render is actually good.

Norman's been a character since 2011, and he still has no episode to himself, and minimal speaking roles. Even Rosie had a few starring roles. The fact that Norman rarely speaks makes me wonder if Mattel really cares about him. It wasn't until just last season when Sidney finally started making regular appearances. If Sidney can make regular appearances, why not Norman? Seriously, an episode dedicated to Norman is LONG overdue. It's taking forever. Mattel let Sidney have his own episode last season. Do they really care about Norman?

For HO Scale, Philip suffers the same problem as Dart, being his tiny size. Bachmann avoids making engines smaller than Percy for HO Scale, because their mechanisms wouldn't fit. They did manage to make Bill and Ben, but they weren't too small. There's a reason why Winston exists in Large Scale, but will never be made in HO. Philip's definitely more suitable for Large Scale, as well as any other character smaller than Percy.

In the show, Bill and Ben got scaled up to fit their eye mechanisms and motors. They got rendered in that same size for continuity.

If Winston has any chance in HO Scale at all, Bachmann UK would need to make the Type 4B two seat Wickham Trolley. Bachmann UK has Wickham Trolleys, but not the specific one Winston is based off of. If that eventually gets made, Bachmann can repaint the tooling, and add a face. I wouldn't count on Winston ever being made in HO Scale, nor do I expect him anytime soon, but it's just an idea of how it could be done.

Ryan might have a similar length to Duck. For a steam engine, his tooling doesn't look too hard to make. Porter would complete Brendam Docks, especially for those lucky enough to get Salty. For scaling, Bachmann can do to Porter what they did to Oliver; still being small, but not as small as his render, and large enough to still be considered an HO engine.

Whoever gets announced for 2018, whether it's Ryan, Daisy, Sidney, Norman (long shot, I know), or Porter, I'd welcome any of them with open arms.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 12, 2017, 09:16:17 PM
Considering we're still waiting on Rheneas, it's concerning if we'll even get an engine for the 2018 range.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 12, 2017, 09:49:50 PM
We can only hope Rheneas gets released by Christmas.

EDIT:
To avoid double-posting, I decided to edit this post to talk about something else.

Now that Great Race characters are getting more appearances soon, I thought maybe I can talk about some that could possibly join the HO range someday.

The main one (Ashima) doesn't seem too hard. The only complication I see from her is her flywheels. It probably won't be too hard to paint her decals, but she has a very detailed livery.

Bachmann could easily do characters like Gina, Ivan, and Raul. Raul is the smallest, but he shouldn't be too small. If Bachmann ever does tender engines again, they could probably make Frieda, Axel, Yong Bao, and Carlos. Vinnie and Shane seem too big. Etienne's pantographs would breech the NMRA standards like Diesel 10's claw. As for Rajiv, he's too decorated, and his design is complicated.

I wouldn't expect any of the Great Race characters to be made for at least several years.
It would take well over a decade to get them all. Even if some do get made eventually, we most certainly won't get all 12, especially Etienne and Rajiv, whose designs are way too problematic. Even other ranges haven't made them all. The toy ranges only made a handful of them, and that's perfectly fine.

Bachmann models are a lot more complicated to make, so if they do eventually make these characters, it's perfectly understandable why we most certainly won't get them all. Just a few would be understandable. Next season, they'll be given character development.

Just thought this would be an interesting topic.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on October 18, 2017, 11:20:49 AM
We can only hope Rheneas gets released by Christmas.

Considering we finally have a product image of Rheneas, I'm actually feeling confident that Bachmann will have him available in time for Christmas.  I'd say however that it's going to be a limited supply (just like Skarloey), so don't wait to get the model when it becomes available.  At this point I've pretty much written off the chance of Rusty being out by then, considering we haven't seen neither test shots or images of the model, much less any updates from Bachmann about him as well.  Hopefully we'll get some updates on Rusty next year.

Now that Great Race characters are getting more appearances soon, I thought maybe I can talk about some that could possibly join the HO range someday.

This is just my personal opinion, but I don't think this is really a topic worth going into considering the direction the Bachmann range has been going lately.  Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Ashima from Bachmann (considering she is my favorite character after all), but chances of her (or any other Great Race characters) being made seem about as likely as putting your hand on a stove and expecting not to get burned.  That's just my thoughts on the matter, but if you want to discuss the topic, feel free to do so.

-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 18, 2017, 03:50:40 PM
Yeah, any Great Race character is definitely a long shot. We're much better off talking about Daisy, and the demand she is getting. Daisy would make a much better seller than Sidney, or even Ryan.

Another long shot is The Diesel (Class 40) from Bowled Out. He's only ever appeared in Season 4. The only reason I'm bringing him up is because Bachmann UK has the tooling for him. He wouldn't have moving eyes, but I wouldn't care. They are making the Spiteful Brakevan in Large Scale, who's only ever appeared in Season 2, but the only difference is that the Spiteful Brakevan is a piece of rolling stock, while for HO/OO Scale, Class 40 is an engine, which has a lot more effort put into it.

Toad and McColl's Cattle Wagon are Bachmann UK toolings, but they're rolling stock, which don't have as much effort as engines. I'm not saying I'll expect Class 40 in the range anytime soon, due to his only appearances in Season 4, but this is all just a thought. Using the Bachmann UK tooling to make him, by repainting it, and adding a face. It's only an idea of how he could be made, but kids of this generation wouldn't even know who he is, so I don't expect him.

If any bogied diesel has a chance, it's Daisy, and she would use a new tooling. At least kids would be familiar with her, since she's in the CGI series. At least she's actually high in demand.

I always try to be realistic with my ideas. I even said Class 40 is a long shot, and chances of him being made are very slim. Though, I have been talking about long shot characters a lot lately, but I do try my best to be realistic.

Class 40 can just be made through modeling, but the only issue is the face. It's really hard to find the perfect size face for a Bachmann UK Class 40, especially since his Hornby model is discontinued, and really hard to find.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Titanic5972 on October 19, 2017, 03:06:19 PM
Don’t forget all of Bachmann UK’s Models are 1/76 OO Gauge, the US Thomas range is 1/87 HO Gauge. The diesel would be way too big.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 19, 2017, 03:09:59 PM
Don’t forget all of Bachmann UK’s Models are 1/76 OO Gauge, the US Thomas range is 1/87 HO Gauge. The diesel would be way too big.
The Thomas range is marketed as HO due to name familiarity in the US, but all of the rolling stock is OO. The only thing in the range that has ever been HO were the repainted Plasticville buildings.

All of the rolling stock is OO gauge, with most of it being former Mainline (Bachmann UK) equipment, with the Thomas locomotives being made to be in-scale and configure with said Mainline rolling stock. Even the new resin buildings are OO scale, proportionate to other UK brand buildings.

If Bachmann Thomas was HO scale, he'd look a lot smaller next to an American locomotive than the Bachmann model currently does.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 19, 2017, 08:43:57 PM
If Bachmann makes Daisy, she would be smaller than the Bachmann UK Class 101 DMU. Bachmann would make a new tooling for her.

Here's my updated 2018 prediction for HO Scale:

Daisy
Explosives Van
Water Tanker
Spiteful Brakevan

This is 100% pure speculation. Will 2018 be the year Daisy finally gets announced? We'll find out in four months. That question won't be answered until then. Hopefully, we get Peter Sam for HOn30 Scale.

There's a very good chance Rheneas will get released in time for Christmas, but with a limited amount. There hasn't been a single update regarding Rusty, Paxton, or any other product announced this year, so we definitely can't count on Rusty or Paxton being released by Christmas.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Chaz on October 20, 2017, 01:54:08 AM
At this point, the only things I can see making it out by Christmas are Rheneas and the large scale spiteful brake van.  All the other products that got announced this year will probably be out in 2018.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 20, 2017, 02:07:47 PM
Bachmann would most likely save Sidney for the next time they absolutely have to do another recolor.

Again, they did manage to announce Rosie when Oliver was delayed, and both engines required new toolings. Not only that, but they were both steam engines. Even though Paxton is delayed, we'll most likely see his image in the 2018 catalog, meaning his model would be done, and just needs to get released. I'm highly confident Bachmann can still announce an engine with a new tooling, like Daisy.

Oliver was in demand for years, and he eventually got a Bachmann model. Daisy's been in the CGI series since 2015, and in the past two seasons, she's had more starring roles than any other returnee character, at least in the CGI series. Daisy would be the first bogied diesel in the Bachmann Thomas range, but I'm not worried. She's really not too big, like Diesel 10, whose claw would breech the NMRA standards. Daisy would not breech the standards. I know I've said this many times already, but Daisy currently has the most demand. If it keeps up, Bachmann might make her. However, it is not certain she will be announced. It could be Sidney instead, and he's also had more appearances and starring roles.

Since Oliver and Rosie still hadn't been released at the time, it was no surprise they announced Paxton. I definitely plan on buying him.

The 2018 announcements are four months away, so we need to be patient. Only time will tell. Good things come to those who wait.

I know this topic is getting repetitive from me, but I don't know what else I can talk about here that's interesting. At least it's not like that other topic. *cough*"Redesigned James"*cough* Daisy is something that's actually worth talking about.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Rickenbacker 325 on October 20, 2017, 07:14:41 PM
I didn't know this was the 2018 predictions thread  ;)

Anyway, since this is Everything Thomas, I decided to come up with a layout for our club that would utilize Bachmann Thomas and Friends engines and rolling stock. I was at The Great Berea Train show near Cleveland over the last weekend and a guy had a booth of all bachmann products. All his Thomas items were 50% (and sometimes more) off retail. I found Diesel with the paint error and he said he would do $50! So i got a collection separate of my personal collection for this layout. I want to incorporate all of bachmann's locations along with have at least 4 trains running. Maybe a back and forth section? I want to base it off of the layout at Drayton Manor but 1/4th the size and new locations. Engines I am think of getting are Thomas, Percy, Edward, Toby, Rosie and James. Smaller engines since we dont have the room to do anything over maybe 18". Rolling stock would be anything honestly. Any ideas would help.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on October 20, 2017, 07:20:09 PM
Why don't we take it over here then?

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,33422.210.html


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 20, 2017, 11:55:43 PM
I didn't know this was the 2018 predictions thread  ;)

No need to say teasy things. I was the last person to post on the actual 2018 thread, and I just didn't want to double-post, so I thought I could talk about it here, since this is the Everything Thomas Thread.

If anyone wants to, you can carry on the Sidney or Daisy conversation over there.

I do silly things when I'm embarrassed.  :-[


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Sparks on October 23, 2017, 04:59:58 PM
Interesting to note that I'm noticing fewer and fewer vendors have a Bachmann James in-stock. Even eBay seems to have less units ready to purchase than usual. As I'm writing this, some of my usual go-to websites in general seem to be low on Bachmann Thomas stock, such as The Favorite Spot.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 23, 2017, 05:10:46 PM
Very interesting. ???


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Metal on October 23, 2017, 09:06:56 PM
This has happened before when I've came across this a few years back, when I had to backorder a second James, considering my first one broke. It shouldn't be anything to worry about. James is one of Bachmann's top selling engines in the Thomas range, so I don't think they would discontinue him.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 23, 2017, 10:09:49 PM
Considering James is a main character, it's no surprise he's a bestseller.

Salty sold poorly, and that caused him to be discontinued. There's no demand to bring him back, so we can't expect that to happen. At least I got him three years ago.

They'd probably discontinue 'Arry and Bert next, since they haven't been good sellers, and they've only been out for three years. Wow! It's been three years already since the release of 'Arry and Bert. I remember anxiously waiting for them to get released, and instantly welcomed them to my collection. They would have sold better if only they weren't portrayed as childish pranksters from Season 6 onwards... People would've liked the characters more.

We have another Diesel recolor on the horizon. Since Paxton is much more likeable as a character, he should definitely sell better.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: JLK2707 on November 02, 2017, 09:52:04 PM
They have now gotten rid of Toby from the steam team! Blast Mattel to oblivion!


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Falcon on November 04, 2017, 12:41:45 PM
If Toby's out of the main cast, I'll need to buy him sooner than later...  :-\

A Large Scale Salty wouldn't be a bad idea since his size is acceptable for the range and he's had plenty of roles in recent CGI seasons, but it might never happen since his poor-selling HO model has been discontinued for quite some time. At the end of the day, I'd rather see Mavis in the Large Scale lineup even though she hasn't had as much representation, but I'd accept the idea of a Large Scale Salty if Bachmann ever announces him.

I've owned my James model for a very long time and while I'm a big fan of him, I'm not sure if it would be worth buying a repaint of a character that is already owned. Nonetheless, I'd be open for seeing a redesign of him or Percy. If I had to choose one over the other, it would be Percy since he's been needing many updates to his design.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: TrainFan97 on November 04, 2017, 07:08:41 PM
Out of the three original models, Percy needs it the most, since his tooling has a lot of problems. The fact that James and Percy haven't been in stock for ages does sound suspicious, but remember, in order for Bachmann to update a product, it has to be approved by Mattel. I still wouldn't expect it happening, since Thomas' HO model was quite unchanged, but we'll have to wait and see. Revisions to products happen unannounced. For example: Oil Tanker and Mail Car, but those were rolling stock. It's still unlikely redesigns would ever happen, since fans have wanted them for many years, and they still never happened. Maybe Mattel will allow it, but I don't know. It's really uncertain. Don't get your hopes up.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Falcon on November 04, 2017, 11:55:00 PM
Out of the three original models, Percy needs it the most, since his tooling has a lot of problems. The fact that James and Percy haven't been in stock for ages does sound suspicious, but remember, in order for Bachmann to update a product, it has to be approved by Mattel. I still wouldn't expect it happening, since Thomas' HO model was quite unchanged, but we'll have to wait and see. Revisions to products happen unannounced. For example: Oil Tanker and Mail Car, but those were rolling stock. It's still unlikely redesigns would ever happen, since fans have wanted them for many years, and they still never happened. Maybe Mattel will allow it, but I don't know. It's really uncertain. Don't get your hopes up.

I won't really get my hopes up at all. I would still accept any announcement they have in relation, but I won't expect anything for the next two years.

I might end up getting Hornby's Percy in the long run since he's gotten easier to find online and his 2015 model has a near-perfect tooling. I'm not sure if Hornby models can be operated by Bachmann controllers, but I do know that HO Scale and OO Scale use the same track type. Hopefully, he won't be too big.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: AJW98Productions on November 05, 2017, 12:37:46 AM
I might end up getting Hornby's Percy in the long run since he's gotten easier to find online and his 2015 model has a near-perfect tooling. I'm not sure if Hornby models can be operated by Bachmann controllers, but I do know that HO Scale and OO Scale use the same track type. Hopefully, he won't be too big.
I do own the older model of Percy, which to my knowledge is just a different colour with little-to-no tooling differences to the 2015 Hornby one. The model of Percy I had does look oversized next to a Bachmann Thomas (he's a little taller and is longer than Bachmann Thomas), the motor runs way too fast, and is a little too light for its own good. He threw himself off the tracks once when I tried to find his top-speed. Also the valve gear is...basic, when compared to Bachmann's model. I will say it has positives. But we are discouraged from comparing Bachmann products to those of other companies on this board, as they don't have representatives that can respond adequately. Also Hornby engines will run fine on Bachmann controllers :)

I'll happily remove this post if anyone considers it to cross any lines.

~Alex


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Falcon on November 05, 2017, 11:45:25 AM
I might end up getting Hornby's Percy in the long run since he's gotten easier to find online and his 2015 model has a near-perfect tooling. I'm not sure if Hornby models can be operated by Bachmann controllers, but I do know that HO Scale and OO Scale use the same track type. Hopefully, he won't be too big.
I do own the older model of Percy, which to my knowledge is just a different colour with little-to-no tooling differences to the 2015 Hornby one. The model of Percy I had does look oversized next to a Bachmann Thomas (he's a little taller and is longer than Bachmann Thomas), the motor runs way too fast, and is a little too light for its own good. He threw himself off the tracks once when I tried to find his top-speed. Also the valve gear is...basic, when compared to Bachmann's model. I will say it has positives. But we are discouraged from comparing Bachmann products to those of other companies on this board, as they don't have representatives that can respond adequately. Also Hornby engines will run fine on Bachmann controllers :)

I'll happily remove this post if anyone considers it to cross any lines.

~Alex

I'm still a relatively new member to the forum, so I was unaware of that rule. I apologize for bringing up the comparison without permission. :-X

I might have needed this post since not too many people go in-depth on either Percy model. I generally don't put model trains at top speed, but I'll still be careful with him. I know there are a fair amount of flaws with Hornby Percy, though I have seen a few people own broken Bachmann Percy models and if I try to find his HO version online, I mostly end up seeing his Large Scale version for sale (which is a good option, but it needs a lot of money).
Since I kinda dislike the Thomas model and the rest of the cast is hard to buy, Percy might end up being the only Hornby model I get from their Thomas range. I've always preferred Bachmann's lineup over Hornby's, especially since they're the first to make Mavis and Donald & Douglas. :)

I hope everyone else on the forum can respect my decision. If not, I can remove my posts relating to it and everything will be fine.


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on November 10, 2017, 10:07:09 AM
Forgive me for the obscure question but would an ERTL George be fitting for an HO layout? I found a few listings on Amazon and I am considering purchasing one


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: Plow Bender on November 10, 2017, 11:34:32 AM
ERTL George isn't a bad choice for an HO layout, but I'd recommend the Bandai model if you can find it.  The only problem with Bandai is that the range has been discontinued since 2005 and they're starting to become hard to find.  I think you can still find George though, but you'll pay a lot more than you would for an ERTL one.  Personally I say you're getting your moneys worth with Bandai, but that's just my opinion.

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-Rusty


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Threads
Post by: PasqualeCS96 on November 12, 2017, 02:30:30 PM
Thank you Plow Bender! I have searched for the Bandai but it is hard to find; will probably go with the ERTL


Title: Re: The Everything Thomas Thread
Post by: angelob6660 on November 14, 2017, 05:39:05 AM
If having ERTL vehicles are the same sizes or close to it. I still have Bertie, Terence, and Bulgy but I do need another Harold and Trevor.