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Title: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on March 24, 2018, 12:43:49 AM
At last, here is my final in-depth post on what I think that Bachmann should really consider for the 2019 announcements: resin buildings. I was originally going to put this in the existing 2019 predictions thread, but after seeing that this topic needs much more attention, I decided to post it in a separate thread.

I’ll start with stating a brief history on the resin buildings in the Thomas range. Back in January 2014, Bachmann announced that they were going to be starting a range of resin buildings for the Thomas range. Many fans were ecstatic because it was something that was completely out of the norm and added a new dimension off charm to the range. The 2014 line-up was impressive as it consisted of four highly detailed buildings that each had a unique look and function. Two of the four buildings (Signal Box and Black Loch Folly) were even based off buildings from the model series, which made fans even more excited. Then, in 2015 Bachmann surprised fans again with four other buildings that were, once again, extremely detailed and presented a special look. However, ever since 2015, Bachmann has not announced any new buildings for the Thomas line, which left many fans underwhelmed as there are still many other extraordinary buildings that could glorify the range of resin buildings even more.

So, what are some of the ideas that fans have thought about?

Narrow Gauge Double Engine Shed:

(http://i63.tinypic.com/6fnxut.png)

There is absolutely no doubt that the best option for a new resin building would be a narrow gauge engine shed. For years, fans have stated that they would like to see a narrow gauge engine shed so that the narrow gauge locomotives such as Skarloey and Rheneas could be properly stored. Specifically, many fans have stated that they would like to see the stone version from seasons 4-5 (as shown in the pic); however, I believe that any narrow gauge engine shed would be completely acceptable, and be a hot seller in the long run. I would honestly go as far as stating that it would be rather silly if Bachmann pushed this one to the side.

Neptune Refreshments: http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Neptune_Refreshments

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2mqkk1y.png)

Neptune Refreshments is my personal favorite. I know that it is along the lines of wishful thinking. However, considering that Bachmann announced the blue narrow gauge carriages from the model series this year, even after the amount of doubts that many of us had, Neptune Refreshments may be a feasible option. It is an iconic and charming building that played a major role a fan-favorite episode of all time: Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady. It is also a town building, which is unlike any of the other buildings that are currently in the range.

The Ruined Castle: http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Sodor_Castle

(http://i64.tinypic.com/16k83kg.png)

The Ruined Castle is another significant landmark from the Skarloey Railway that I think has a relatively good chance in getting made. I know that some people have stated that they would prefer to see the season 4 version as shown above.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/33bcpzo.png)

However, I believe that the season 7 version may be the more practical option since it would go wonderfully with the Black Loch Folly. I would personally not mind either version though.

Stone Watermill:

(http://i66.tinypic.com/20z32mv.png)

A watermill would certainly add some contrast to the resin building range in terms of functionality. The narrow gauge one would especially be a great option since it is a smaller watermill that would not be too expensive to make. And ultimately, it is a structure that all avid Thomas fans will remember.

Signal Box Gantry: http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Kirk_Ronan_Junction

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2d9sqd1.png)

The Signal Box Gantry is another iconic building that has been seen numerous times throughout the Thomas television series. It would look great with the Bachmann Knapford Station, and I certainly agree with others who have stated that the four track version is the one that Bachmann should go for.

Shunting Yard Shed:

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2s0d3ya.png)

When considering the amount of locomotives there are in the Bachmann Thomas range, there can never be too many engine sheds. The great thing about this engine shed is that it could store two engines, and it would look wonderful next to the existing engine shed that was announced in 2015. Moreover, it was seen in many locations on Sodor such as Knapford Station, and the Quarry.

Retaining Walls:

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2enz1ci.png)

The retaining walls may be a little bit of a peculiar idea to some people. However, I could see these having a good shot because they have been seen constantly throughout the Thomas television series. From Tidmouth Yard, to the mainline, to stations, to dockyards these walls have been present. It would be interesting to see Bachmann tackle these.

Ffarquhar Station: http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Ffarquhar

(http://i68.tinypic.com/b52kxg.png)

Ffarquhar Station is one of the most recognizable stations on Sodor, and would surely be a good option for Bachmann to make, considering that many people have requested it. The fact that it was showcased in the original Thomas opening from Seasons 1-7, and that it returned to the CGI Series certainly explains it popularity. However, the station is very similar in size and functionality to Maithwaite Station. Consequently, this one issue leads me to the final resin building suggestion that I would like to mention..

Callan Station: http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Callan

(http://i64.tinypic.com/qs820x.png)

Many of you are probably very surprised that I listed this one. Yet, when thinking about it, if Bachmann wanted to make another standard gauge station that was unlike Knapford and Maithwaite, then Callan Station would be the way to go. Starting with the station building, its short (in terms of length), but tall (in terms of height) design makes it very different from the rest of the stations. It’s also a station with a footbridge, which neither Knapford Station or Maithwaite Station had. Plus, the footbridge is red, which would add more color diversity, and it supplies a clearance for four tracks. Additionally, I could see Bachmann making the station in the way that Hornby has made their Great Waterton Station, which would be to market the station building, platforms, and footbridge separately. On top of that, let’s remember that many of Bachmann’s bestsellers such as Duck, Oliver, Toad, and S.C. Ruffey have experienced some of their most memorable moments at Callan Station such as in “Toad Stands By”, and that there are railway series modellers who may purchase the station building, since the Callan station building of the television series is what the Arlesburgh station building was in the railway series. Surely, Callan Station would be a stretch for Bachmann, even more than Neptune Refreshments. Nevertheless, it is one of a kind, and would be another way to sincerely “wow” fans.

Overall, the resin building range certainly needs more attention, as it added a new dimension of charm to the Bachmann Thomas range by making it look much more like a model train range than a toy range. After all, the quality of these buildings is genuinely remarkable.

Now, here are some questions for fans:

Would you buy any of these resin buildings? If so, which ones?
Do you have any other ideas for the resin building range? If so, what?

I look forward to seeing what you guys have to share :).


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Chaz on March 24, 2018, 03:13:09 PM
I definitely think that Bachmann should really look into adding more additions to their resin building lineup.  Especially when there is clearly a demand for them and the quality of these products is arguably some of Bachmann's best work besides their narrow gauge products.  If they announced new resin buildings this year, it would in no doubt give Bachmann a much more positive response to the announcements instead of mixed/negative views from this year's lineup. 

Personally, if it came down to it, I would love to see some additions that appeared exclusively on the narrow gauge railway like the sheds or even the castle since I don't have a OO9 layout setup at home yet, and having more buildings to work with would be preferable.  The ones I think personally that should take priority are Ffarquhar station, and if they use the model era design of Ffarquhar like in the case of Glennock for the Trackside station, I think the sales would undoubtedly be strong.

Any other ones I'd like to see personally would be Toby's shed, since it's such a small and simple design for Bachmann to work with, as well as the carriage shed which would look ideal in yards on layouts.  Plus if Bachmann were to ever pull off Daisy, it would work on their behalf as it would be a nice callback to her season 2 episodes. 


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on March 24, 2018, 03:40:27 PM
These are all very interesting choices. One thing I was wanting to bring up in the future was the importance of whether buildings need to be resin or plastic. Resin buildings do look much better and much more accurate, but they are also more expensive to make and sell. I think if the smaller accessories like the water tower were made of plastic, it would be fine, but I feel like bigger buildings like stations, sheds, and warehouses come out looking better visually when they're made with resin.

It's a shame that it seems Bachmann has narrowed down on resin buildings, but I would still like to see a few more made. It makes me wonder if the initial resin buildings didn't sell well, hence the lack of a third round.

Sheds:
We definitely could use a narrow gauge shed. I'd agree that any narrow gauge shed would be acceptable, but my personal preference would be the ones from Season 4:
(http://i68.tinypic.com/33mncc9.png)

Castle:
I'll echo the ruined castle as well. Those are a classic icon of Thomas imagery, and representation in the range would be highly welcome. While there are many ruined castles you can buy from any store, the Thomas ones always had a unique design that resonated with my mind.

Retaining Wall:
I like the idea of a retaining wall; I think if they wanted to go for something that has a distinctly "Thomas" design, they should make the retaining walls seen throughout the early seasons:
(http://oi64.tinypic.com/anomj7.jpg)
The show practically already designed the product here! You can see where it cuts off after 4 arches. Customers could thus be allowed to decide how many segments they want their wall to extend by buying more segments as they wish. I also always liked how this particular wall segment had a roof-like piece to it, making it even taller, and adding to that uniquely Thomas "look." (most likely to hide parts of the sets back then).

Stations:
Ffarquhuar Station also seems like a no-brainer. It's the most iconic station in the show next to Knapford, having been on the introduction seen on nearly every VHS and many DVDs.

I'm more surprised you didn't mention Dryaw Station instead of Callan Station; Dryaw would have a higher chance, since it has appeared in CGI in many episodes lately. Bachmann also already made the Nissen shed, as well as Harold who would go nicely next to Dryaw. This would also give Bachmann a chance to make a footbridge and additional platforms, in a similar vein that Hornby did their own Dryaw. The Round water tower is also at the back of Dryaw, so it'd be yet another item already in the Thomas range that could tie it all together.
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2dbnnkn.png)

The Signal Gantry:
I've made many posts before about the Signal Gantry, and I'd agree it belongs in the range as well. I wrote about it in greater detail in a previous post:

I would like to see the Signal Gantry Junction personally:
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2aewmmf.png)

In CGI, it has a four track and a three track variation. The difference is how many arches/poles it has:
(http://i67.tinypic.com/259ab9g.png)
(http://i68.tinypic.com/2nc3od0.png)

Both versions appear in various scenes up to Season 21. Personally, I prefer the four track variation, where it only has two passage ways (as per the model picture), as it has been around in that form since the Classic Series. The 3 passage way version was introduced in Season 17.

I think overall... A narrow gauge shed, a ruined castle, Ffarquhaur or Dryaw, and a signal gantry ties in to a nice 4-6 or so products to focus on for a future year. That's where I'll stop for now, until I get more ideas.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on March 25, 2018, 12:09:15 AM
Thanks for the responses guys.

Chaz, I definitely concur with the idea of narrow gauge exclusive buildings. Perhaps a narrow gauge water tower would be an another option. I also like the additional standard gauge shed ideas that you came up with. The carriage shed sounds especially intriguing. Are you referring to the one from Elsbridge Station?

Sparks, you certainly brought up an important point regarding resin v. plastic. Of course, I would prefer resin whenever possible, but I wouldn't mind plastic. Specifically, I actually wouldn’t mind a plastic signal box gantry, considering the overall look of it.

I’ve thought about the overall popularity of the resin buildings too. It’s sad to see that this branch of the Thomas range is not as popular as the other branches, given the amount of people who have not shared any thoughts on the resin buildings on the forum in the past. Nevertheless, it’s a branch of the range that needs more attention, which is exactly why I started this thread.

Regarding stations, I did think about Dryaw Station at first. However, what got me to mention Callan over Dryaw were a few visual factors. The first thing is that the footbridge to Dryaw Station has a relatively common look, as it is a green footbridge that provides the clearance for two tracks. Many footbridges out in the market already have this look and function. On the other hand, Callan’s footbridge is red and provides the clearance for four tracks, making it one of a kind. The other reason why I chose Callan is due to its size. It’s not too small or too big, which means that any train could stop at the station. Even though it was not seen in the CGI Series (yet), the Thomas Wikia supplies plenty of pics that could come in handy if Bachmann wanted to make it. After all, I know that the people of Bachmann want to go for something different, which is why they created the Roadside USA Resin Buildings; and, Callan Station would do just that.

Thanks again for the responses guys. I really appreciate how you two are always on the ball with me. I sincerely hope that other people will contribute to this thread as well.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on March 25, 2018, 12:35:56 PM
The downside with the track width for Callans footbridge is the same issue that will plague if and how they design the Signal Gantry: Bachmann tends to make track width based accessories (see: Tidmouth Sheds and Knapford Station) with EZ Track in mind, rather than normal OO gauge track. I personally feel this has led to the products to look not as accurate as they could be, but from a marketing sense, it's understandable why they make the buildings being sold in America be catered to the EZ track system being sold by Bachmann in the same market.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on March 25, 2018, 09:46:32 PM
That's definitely true. If the track system really is a problem to the point where making a footbridge that supplies the clearance for four tracks is not possible, I would be okay with that. It certainly seems that Ffarquhar and Dryaw would be more practical options anyway, and I honestly would not mind seeing either one in the range. It would interesting to see which era Bachmann would base their Dryaw Station off, since the look of the station has changed throughout the television series.

As for the signal box gantry, hopefully Bachmann would be able to present it as a gantry that is meant to go right in front of Knapford Station that would showcase two tracks leading out of Knapford Station and underneath the gantry (utilizing one track in between two poles), however, still keeping just enough space in between the poles for two tracks (considering that the Knapford platform is wider than the poles), which would allow the clearance for a total a four tracks, as shown in the television series.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on March 25, 2018, 10:36:15 PM
I imagine Dryaw would be based off the CGI render, as that would be the most clear reference material Mattel could provide to Bachmann. General rule of thumb is "If it has a CGI render, Bachmann (and any toy company making any Thomas product) will use it as a reference." (Skarloey and Rheneas are kind of odd cases, in that regard, where their CGI design and real-life counterpart are so close that using the real-life locomotives for reference didn't matter to Mattel)


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on March 25, 2018, 10:46:37 PM
I would agree with you there. However, the Signal Box, Corrugated Hut, and Trackside Station (Glennock Station), were all buildings that appeared in the CGI Series, yet Bachmann based them off the model series.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on March 25, 2018, 11:22:33 PM
I thought about that, and the reason for that might be because those products were released in Summer 2015, which is a very short gap after they appeared in CGI, which was Fall 2014. It's possible they were already being designed by the time the CGI versions were created for the show.

The signal box Bachmann made, interestingly, has never appeared in CGI at all.

For Maithwaite and Brendam Warehouse (as they were both made long after their CGI versions were created), it's hard for me to tell, but I don't have as keen of an eye for the building props.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on March 25, 2018, 11:55:53 PM
That probably explains it! Hopefully, the same fate will happen with Stepney  ;).

(http://i64.tinypic.com/23pjf6.png)   (http://i64.tinypic.com/15kd2o.png)

If Bachmann does make Dryaw Station, it would be intriguing to see it in CGI form. With the corrugated hut added into the picuture, Dryaw Station would look very much like the season 3 version considering that the Dryaw station building from the CGI series looks like the one from season 3 as well.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TheBlueSnowplow (Griffin) on March 27, 2018, 11:41:03 AM
I have some pretty extreme beliefs when it comes to the Bachmann Thomas and Friends range, and the resin buildings are no exception. That being said, let's dive in.

First off, I think it's really strange that no new resin buildings have been announced since 2015. They are obviously extremely high detail and quality, and I own (and still make use of!) several of them even though I don't collect Bachmann Thomas anymore. I think it would be really interesting to find the statistics on how well they sold. Anyone know where I could find that?

Sadly, my guess is that the resin line was a bust, and that's why we haven't seen a continuation of the range. When you think about it, a product like the narrow gauge line was so successful because it filled a need that both Thomas fans and 009 modellers had and one that couldn't easily be replicated (No, the Bandai Skarloey engines with N scale chassis don't count); the resin buildings don't accomplish this same objective. There are plenty of other buildings and structures that Bachmann Thomas users can use from all other ranges including Trackmaster, Take n Play, etc. for their Thomas layouts. I mean, if you were modelling Ffarquhar Station, would you really pay a premium for a resin model when you can get a cheap TOMY alternative off eBay that serves an almost identical same purpose? Your answer might be "H-E-Double Hockey Sticks Yes I Would!" but a casual buyer probably wouldn't agree. Another factor I speculate had to do with the (assumed) low sales and therefore stunted growth of the resin line is the aspect that it took Bachmann so long to start the line in the first place. Bachmann Thomas modellers and fans attempting to replicate the Island of Sodor have had to find alternatives for structures since the beginning of the range, and beacuse of this the number of people who would buy a resin structure over another, cheaper alternative continues to diminish with each year that Bachmann fails to grow the range.

However, obviously the current buildings are still in stock and selling, so perhaps there is another factor at play. If you know what that could be, I'd be glad to hear. It's a very curious situation to me. We all know that, with the exception of perhaps Tidmouth Sheds and obviously the resin range, Bachmann hasn't had a particularly good track record with producing quality Thomas and Friends locations (Knapford Station, we're all looking at you, buddy.)

With all that being said, here are my wishes for what I'd like to see in the line. I'm going to post in-depth thoughts later, but for now here is just the list itself.

1. Tidmouth Halt
(http://i68.tinypic.com/foma9w.jpg)

I think the biggest factor this one has going for it is the color diversity and size. Plus, it could be advertised as being an accessory to the lighthouse that came out a few years ago. A cute little station that would be a welcomed addition.


2. Sodor Shipping Company
(http://i63.tinypic.com/2u598wk.jpg)

To me, this one is a no-brainer. Following the Brendam warehouse, this seems such a logical choice for anyone attempting to build a Brendam Docks set, and the only thing that could be a deterrent for Bachmann would be the size. Other than that, though, it seems like an awesome. Added to the fact that there's really nothing like it on the market right now.

3. Middle Station
(http://i66.tinypic.com/zwcp40.jpg)

See: Trackside Station. Another simple narrow gauge location that could double as a background station. Not much to say about this one except it seems fairly simple and cheap to produce and would be welcomed by many.

4. Sodor Manor
(http://i63.tinypic.com/2elcxoh.jpg)
(building in the background, on the right)

I compare this to the Corrugated Hut, in the vein that it is super generic and could really be put anywhere. Plus, the fact that it would be so generic means it might be attractive to 00 modellers looking for scale buildings. I also think it doubled as the house in Oliver's Find, but don't quote me on that.

5. Dieselworks Shed
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2zylg84.jpg)
(on the left)

Similar to the Sodor Shipping Co. building, the size might be a deterrent, but the influx of diesel engines being produced by Bachmann makes this one seem like a likely choice, if not the sheds specifically then maybe a Dieselworks Oil Derrek? I don't know what they might choose for sure, but I feel like the probability of getting a resin building labeled with the Dieselworks logo is highly probable.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Angelob6660 on March 27, 2018, 02:40:41 PM
I would get a Dryaw station if Bachmann made one. A reason for Harold being back in his original location, talking to Percy.

I would buy several buildings for the narrow gauge railroad. If they were appropriate in size and shape.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Metal on March 27, 2018, 07:13:55 PM
I think I have one building for you all.

Bluff's Cove
(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/1/1c/DuckandtheSlipCoaches47.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20150519202029)

If we got a a station on Duck's Branch Line I think of this

Just like Maithwaite, it didn't have an official location for a while. Maithwaite was around since S5 and Bluff's Cove made its debut in S9. However, it wasn't until 2014 that they were given their grounded areas. Maithwaite was confrimed to be on Thomas' Branch Line, while Bluff's Cove is on Duck's Branch Line.
(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/1/15/JourneyBeyondSodor9.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20170809132552)

While it is much simpler compared to many other stations on Duck's Branch Line, I think this would the most logical.

There's Arlesbrugh West, but that's a different story.

Thoughts??


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on March 27, 2018, 07:21:17 PM
It would be simple and efficient to make, but I'm unsure if it would be popular. It's not a location I've heard many people rooting for.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Chaz on March 27, 2018, 10:51:14 PM
To be fair, every resin building that has been introduced so far has been pretty random and has never really had a huge demand before their announcement, so I wouldn't rule out Bluff's cove entirely.  Even the second wave of resin buildings didn't follow any requests after the resin line was announced.  Even some of the buildings were exclusive to the model era so there's easily a variety they could go for too.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TheBlueSnowplow (Griffin) on March 28, 2018, 10:31:07 AM
I added some commentary to my last post, would love to hear all your thoughts!


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on March 29, 2018, 12:27:52 AM
Wonderful job on your post Griffin! Here are my thoughts:

(http://i64.tinypic.com/s64t5f.png)

Starting with Tidmouth Hault Station, I think that it is yet another great idea for the reasons that you stated. I especially like the fact that it is a station with a footbridge, which is unlike any of the other stations that are currently in the Bachmann Thomas line. The only problem that I see is that it consists of two station buildings, which means that a relatively great amount of money would have to go into it.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2j43if5.png)

The Sodor Shipping Company is a building that I personally think is just too big to make, especially out of resin. Yet, considering that it is not a brick or stone building, I could see Bachmann making it as a plastic kit.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/fa9zdd.png)

The Middle Station is a surprising choice, but an understandable one. It's a simple design, making it all the more likely to get made. Admittedly, I would prefer Rheneas Station, but I would not mind the Middle Station either.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/3097url.png)

While the Dieselworks Shed is not my favorite idea, I could see it selling very well, due to the amount of diesels there are in the range. Additionally, just like the Sodor Shipping Company, I could see it getting made as a plastic kit. Given that it is a roundhouse, it would be fascinating to see what Bachmann would do with it.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/mhc47c.png)

The Sodor Manor has to be my favorite of the five buildings that you suggested. It is indeed generic, but that's what makes it so appealing.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/xp1q3c.png)

The house in Oliver's Find was a little bit different (as shown above).

(http://i64.tinypic.com/jpixwj.png)

However, the Sodor Manor was seen again in Season 5 in the episode Bye George! (as shown above).

(http://i65.tinypic.com/13zcxes.png)

As a result, buildings such as the Sodor Manor are simple, but extremely charming, as they are a significant part of the reason as to why the visuals of the model series were absolutely incredible.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on April 04, 2018, 12:22:26 AM
Digging through some old websites, it's funny to think that a lot of the ideas mentioned on my old blog at http://sodorblog.blogspot.com/ ended up being made into the Bachmann range.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on September 22, 2018, 11:33:56 AM
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I thought that it would be fun to bring back this thread by discussing one of my favorite buildings in the television series: Neptune Refreshments.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2ldka5x.png)

As I was browsing on the Thomas Wikia last night, I clicked on the Neptune Refreshments page and noticed that quite a few changes have been made since the last time I checked. The main thing that caught my eye was that the Neptune Refreshments building is present in the CGI series as well.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/jux384.png)

It's amazing to see that buildings like Neptune Refreshments have passed the test of time: Classic Model Series to Late Model Series to CGI Series.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/dli88h.png)

Unfortunately, at this point, I do not have a strong feeling that Bachmann will announce more resin buildings, but if they ever do, Neptune Refreshments is one that I would love to see.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Len on September 22, 2018, 02:48:14 PM
Never mind resin, at this point I'd be happy to see a "Plasticville - Sodor" series of buildings.

Aside from a few Hornby buildings I've managed to lay hands on, I'm pretty much having to go the cardstock building route for anything resembling UK style buildings for the 'Small Sodor Display' layout I'm building.

Len


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Chaz on September 22, 2018, 11:13:42 PM
Even if the HO line is nothing but recolors next year, if there is a new lineup of resin buildings and Peter Sam for narrow gauge then I will have no complaints.  Neptune’s Refreshments really would work for the next lineup, if it really came down to it.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Anthony P2 on September 23, 2018, 08:37:24 PM
to be honest, if all we got next year was Peter Sam, Neptune's Refreshments, and the Christmas truck from "Hunt the Truck," I would be cool with that! Doesn't matter to me what HO loco comes out next year. I could see Bachmann producing Sidney to get the most bang for their buck with their "Diesel" tooling, but it would be nice to see something like Stepney or Daisy. I totally understand if Bachmann go with the "Diesel" recolor with Sidney though.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Streak on September 26, 2018, 10:41:05 PM
So I was recommended by TerencetheTractor525 to make a list for what memorable Sodor locations I want made as Bachmann Resin Buildings. So here we go. My thought process in choosing these was picking locations that had some relation to any of the existing engines, rolling stock, vehicles, and buildings in the Thomas HO Line.

Toby's Shed-

This honestly seems like a no-brainer to me. We have Tidmouth Sheds for the Steam Team (whether new or old). Why not have arguably the most recognizable shed after them. Toby's Shed has come in many different shapes and sizes over the years and each of them would work well. The classic S1 design is the most iconic. I would especially like this version because of the design on the doors. There's the S5 version which could also double as Stepney's shed from Stepney Gets Lost. Thought I'd put that in there since everyone on here wants Stepney in HO scale. Finally there's the new series/CGI design with the front window. This design would be fine as well. While I'm usually one for going for the most recent design, the S1 design has so much charm to it in my opinion. But if we did get the new design, maybe they could include the bird house with it as a little bonus (if you don't know what I'm talking about, look up "Toby's New Shed")

Wellsworth Sheds-

While these sheds have been rather infamous in the Thomas fandom as of late (because it took precious Edward away  ::)), I think these are a nice generic set of sheds for them to built. They're Edward's current place of residence, they were in the Railway Series, and they would work well if Philip was ever made in the line (wishful thinking). I just think this would be cool. Toby's Shed takes priority though.  ;)

Ffarquhar/Dryaw-

It would be great to get another station in the Bachmann line. Maithwaite, Knapford, and Glennock (Trackside Station) are good but we need more. Both Ffarquhar and Dryaw are the best bets. Ffarquhar is the top station on Thomas' branchline and is used heavily in the current series. Dryaw is also just as recognizable and would be a great place to put Harold. If they made Dryaw, that could also lead to them making the Dryaw Football Field or a hanger for either Harold or Jeremy to use. Maybe they could even make Tiger Moth in HO Scale  :D

Stationmaster's House-

Not only would this be a great reference to everyone's favorite "Thomas Comes to Breakfast", it would work wonders as just a stand alone generic house. I like buildings that can have multiple uses and this fits the bill. They could even make a Classic Sodor Buildings pack and include this, C&B Barber Shop from "A Close Shave for Duck", and Topham Manor form "Sleeping Beauty".

Norramby Church-

If you don't remember what Norramby Church is, here's a catch-up. Norramby Church was the building seen at the end of Season 5's "Happily Ever After" when the wedding goers left it and were met by Thomas, Percy, and the Good Luck Package. This could lead them to even making an HO Scale Old Slow Coach. Hornby made one so why not Bachmann. They could always make the Old Church that's seen more often such as in Season 8's "Too Hot for Thomas". Speaking of churches...

Trevor's Shed-

Bachmann hasn't made Trevor yet but he is in high demand. Why not also make his iconic home, deep in the Vicarage Orchard. It would be nice to get a building for the road vehicles and this one is the best I could think of.

Neptune's Refreshments-

TerencetheTractor525 has already talked in great detail about this building. Go and read his posts about it. All I can really say is... Ditto.

Sodor Shipping Co. Building-

Consider this an honorable mention. This probably wouldn't be a resin building, rather a plastic kit like Knapford Station. I just wanted to put it on here because I think it deserves to be made by Bachmann.

...and finally my last resin building idea is...

Boulder-

I had to put one oddball pick on here but hear me out. How Boulder would work is that the boulder itself would be a separate piece (made of plastic or resin, whichever works best) and then would have a resin rock slope with a place to perch him. I doubt that Bachmann will ever make this as it just seems too toy-like. But hey, it work good with the HO scale Percy, HOn30 scale Skarloey and Rheneas, and the new Rusty coming out soon. Heck, all we would need is an HO scale Thumper and we'd have a "Rusty and the Boulder" remake on our hands.

Well that's my list. Thanks for reading and make your to comment down below about what you think about it. What resin buildings do you want Bachmann to make?  :)


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Chaz on September 27, 2018, 03:24:21 AM
I think you are literally the first person ever to suggest on the Bachmann Trains forum to make a request of a model of Boulder.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TheBlueSnowplow (Griffin) on September 27, 2018, 09:16:48 AM
I think you are literally the first person ever to suggest on the Bachmann Trains forum to make a request of a model of Boulder.
Can I say that I honestly don't think it's a bad idea?  :P


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Cheeky_ULP on September 27, 2018, 09:35:37 AM
Funny enough, Japanese Thomas fans -love- Boulder, so there is a bit of a market there.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Streak on September 27, 2018, 10:16:22 AM
 ;D Really? I thought it was peculiar when Wind Up Plarail made a whole wave early last year based on Rusty and the Boulder. That makes a lot more sense now. I don't think this Bachmann Boulder idea with ever come to fruition, but it's nice to see it isn't too crazy.

I think the other ideas I came up with have a better chance of being made, but it would be funny if they did make Boulder. "Better a smash than a squash!"


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Chaz on September 27, 2018, 12:35:02 PM
Seeing as how nobody has actually come forth...

A Bachmann model of Boulder is a genuinely a bad idea, and that goes without even commenting on the fact it was suggested as a resin building. 

On the whole, it sounds like a complete waste for Bachmann.  For a toy or a playset, it makes perfect sense especially for a Japanese market and I can easily see why kids would be all for a toy with a plastic Boulder rolling along on the tracks for wooden or wind up trains.  So I could understand why it would work from a that perspective.

Bachmann on the other hand, being a model train company, wouldn’t give into something this over the top.  It would not only be an abnormal addition as an accessory, but it would be an even stranger addition from a company that produces model trains.  If modelers wanted to make a model of Boulder, there are a number of ways to make a custom model of him.  Otherwise I think Bachmann’s resources should be spent on a number of other products that would sell better and make more financial sense such as some of the buildings mentioned in Streak’s post.  Toby’s shed, Neptune’s refreshments and Ffarquhar station in particular.

On a side note, the narrow gauge models are HOn30, not HOn3.  Common misconception, but the difference between the two is the width of track.  I actually covered this subject in the Narrow gauge modeling thread.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Streak on September 27, 2018, 01:01:58 PM
Yeah, it doesn't really seem that good when you say it like that. I said in my list that I doubt Bachmann would ever make this as it just seems too toy-like. I just wanted to put in on here just for fun. I'm not much of a serious modeler as you all are so forgive me if I make a comment/idea that sounds unpractical or all around silly. Speculation is all in good fun in my opinion.

Would you say any of my other ideas are impractical. If so I would greatly appreciate being told how I can improve in the future.

Also thanks for correcting me. I meant to put HOn30 but I guess I forgot the last 0. I'll make sure to edit that now. Thank you, Chaz.  :)


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Chaz on September 27, 2018, 02:29:01 PM
I definetely with a lot of your other ideas and I mentioned a few in particular that you mentioned that I would also like to see too.  The shipping company would probably be a little big, as someone mentioned to me before, and I think it would honestly work better as a kit like Knapford station.



Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: JLK2707 on September 27, 2018, 06:51:20 PM
They should just do Wellsworth station and Wellsworth sheds.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on September 28, 2018, 10:40:22 PM
I knew that you would have some great ideas up your sleeve, Streak ;). I especially like the idea of a Sodor Buildings Pack, which could consist of the Stationmaster's House, Sodor Manor, and maybe even Neptune Refreshments.

Also, after seeing your suggestions, I thought that it might be a good idea to discontinue some of the resin buildings and replace them with new ones, just case Bachmann does not want the resin building range to get too massive. Some examples would be to replace the Engine Shed with Toby's Shed, Maithwaite Station with Ffarquhar Station, and the Signal Box with a Signal Box with a different design. After all, the resin building range has remained stagnant since 2015, so discontinuing some of the buildings and replacing them with others would make things much more interesting.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Streak on September 29, 2018, 12:22:37 PM
Thanks! I'm glad you liked them. I was especially proud of my Stationmaster's House suggestion so I'm glad to see that you enjoyed that one in particular. The Sodor Buildings Pack idea reminds me of this one canceled Wooden Railway product: a flat facade of a generic buildings all in a row. There's something cool about simple generic buildings like C&B Barber Shop, Norramby Church, and Neptune Refreshments. They have a clear purpose sure, but they just have this simplicity that makes them so likable. I think Hornby understood this when they made all those Great Waterton Town Buildings (which I would die to see Bachmann make. Maybe even the Great Waterton tower too. :D) If they were to role with this idea, they could even throw in small stations like Rumblin' Bridge (S7) or Dryaw Goods Station (S3)

I think your idea of discontinuing some of the resin buildings and replacing them with newer ones is reasonable. If you have one of these buildings, I'd doubt you'd need another. Unless you broke it, or it's like the signal box and it makes sense to buy multiple. I guess I'm not completely onboard because I'm normally not a fan of good things being discontinued (cough Adventures cough). I'm still a little salty (pun intended) that Salty was discontinued from the HO Line. And even though I'd like a Bachmann Nia and Rebecca, I would not want Henry and Edward to be discontinued (I doubt they would though). If they need to discontinue a HO model, why not the Celebration Thomas? (or even the standard Diesel).

Back on the subject of buildings, I have one more idea that I forgot to put in my original post.

Farmer McColl's Farm-

This building could be just the barn, but it could also see the platform and that little cargo area (or whatever that wood structure next to the barn is) included with it. Farmer McColl's Farm is a semi-important location in the Thomas and Friends universe. It's important enough for Bachmann to make a Farmer McColl figure and (almost) make a Farmer McColl cattle wagon. While we're on the subject, can we please get more figures? (Lady Hatt, Dowager, Sir Robert, something!) Or better yet, make proper HO Scale human figures. Those would sell like hotcakes.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Len on September 29, 2018, 01:43:30 PM
There are a lot of possibilities with Farmer McColl's Farm...
(http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/poohadventures/images/2/2f/McColl_Farm.png/revision/latest?cb=20130415221045)

Farm house
Hay shed roof on poles
Small utility shed roof on poles
Loading platform
Quanset huts
Wood bard
New brick tractor shed
Old wood tractor shed
Sheep

Len



Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Streak on September 29, 2018, 05:54:58 PM
There are a lot of possibilities with Farmer McColl's Farm...
(http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/poohadventures/images/2/2f/McColl_Farm.png/revision/latest?cb=20130415221045)

Farm house
Hay shed roof on poles
Small utility shed roof on poles
Loading platform
Quanset huts
Wood bard
New brick tractor shed
Old wood tractor shed
Sheep

Len

I think the most likely out of those would be the wood barn (or bard), the loading platform, the huts, or that hay shed poled roof thing in that order. That house in the back there looks cool though. Maybe make that as a generic town house.

P.S. I might have to make a whole thread about HO scale human figures. There's just so many possibilities with that.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on September 29, 2018, 10:14:33 PM
You're absolutely right, Streak. It's the simple and charming look of these buildings that make them so likable.

As for Farmer McColl's Farm, I like the idea, but I could actually see Bachmann just announcing Toby's Shed, which could be used as the barn. Plus, I personally think that the corrugated hut and storage shed are already two strong items that would be necessary to model a Bachmann Farmer McColl's Farm.

However, bringing up the house in the background reminded me of one more resin building suggestion that I had in mind: a cottage. Although cottages are generic, they have been seen throughout the entirety of the show, look great on any layout, and of course, add contrast to the resin building range.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/xbfnn4.png)

The one that I would like to see is shown above.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/4031f.png)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/29kyrd4.png)

This particular cottage has been seen since season 4 and is still seen on the show to this day, most notably behind Maithwaite Station.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/hwlow9.png)

It blends in with other buildings as well.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/jshmix.png)

I could also see them going with this cottage, which was most commonly seen on the narrow gauge railway, and played a major role in "Bulldog".

(http://i63.tinypic.com/b7o2fb.png)

Here's a shot of it at Lakeside.

This just goes to show that there are so many possibilities for the resin building range, and with this thread active once more, hopefully Bachmann will be able to announce at least one new resin building next year  :).


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Streak on September 30, 2018, 02:16:10 PM
That's true. Honestly, unlike the other ranges, whatever Bachmann makes for the resin range would be a welcome addition. You really can't go wrong with any Sodor locations. Let's hope the spike in activity in this thread pushes Bachmann to consider more resin buildings in the future.  ;D


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Len on October 02, 2018, 02:48:43 PM
If, for whatever reason, Bachmann decides not to do anything with new resin buildings, maybe they could do a series of high quality cardstock 'Sodor' building, along the lines of what Scale Scenes does.

Len


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Streak on October 09, 2018, 07:16:58 PM
I know that this is for resin building suggestions, but I'm just gonna leave this here for you all to see.

https://twitter.com/Sidekickjason/status/934201110490779648 (https://twitter.com/Sidekickjason/status/934201110490779648)

It seems like people on the Twitter side of the Thomas fandom want resin buildings as well. That's a good sign. I know we all want new buildings here.

P.S. I wanted to put a screenshot of the tweet but it wouldn't show up so I just put the link to the post. Does anyone know how to put screenshots on posts?


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: jleight on October 24, 2018, 04:56:11 PM
The possibilities are endless but one that I would love to see is the Knapford Station.  I was told by Bachmann that it was too big and not feasible and perhaps as a resin building they may be right, however, as a plastic model it might be a possibility.  I fear I will have to build one from styrene or other material.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Streak on October 24, 2018, 06:38:45 PM
The possibilities are endless but one that I would love to see is the Knapford Station.  I was told by Bachmann that it was too big and not feasible and perhaps as a resin building they may be right, however, as a plastic model it might be a possibility.  I fear I will have to build one from styrene or other material.

Ummmm................ ???

You mean Knapford Station with the canopies and platforms and such. Well, I'ma be real with you, chief. It... kind of already exists.

https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=756_772_773&products_id=1742&zenid=cla7ko1tsr3ufagi8i8r7hlss0 (https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=756_772_773&products_id=1742&zenid=cla7ko1tsr3ufagi8i8r7hlss0)

If you don't mean that, do you mean the station buildings that go next to the platform. Like Sir Topham Hatt's office, McBunn's Cafe, and the entrance from the parking lot. We don't have that in Bachmann so... I guess they could make that. Possibly?  :-\


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on October 24, 2018, 07:17:03 PM
I think that jleight was referring to the Knapford station building, which consists of Sir Topham Hatt’s Office. Considering the length of the Knapford platform, I can understand why Bachmann stated that it is too big.

However, after watching the Fall 2018 TCA video for a second time, I think that resin buildings may be much more possible for 2019. If we’re going for strong sales, a Narrow Gauge Engine Shed, Ffarquhar Station, Toby’s Shed, the Retaining Wall, and surprisingly Neptune Refreshments feel like the best choices; and none of them are too big.

All in all, if we can get some new resin buildings as well as a new narrow gauge loco (preferibly Peter Sam) announced in 2019, I would be fine if the rest of the announcements are recolors.



Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Len on October 25, 2018, 01:18:36 AM
Not an entire building, but it wouldn't hurt to have a lorry dock for the rear side of the Brendam warehouse.

Len


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on January 17, 2019, 02:39:08 PM
I was going to post this in the "Bachmann Thomas & Friends in 2019" thread, but after seeing that this is exclusive to the resin building range, I thought that it would be more appropriate to post this here. Anyways, Bachmann UK has announced their 2019 range: https://www.hattons.co.uk/NewsDetail.aspx?id=442

It's nice to see that there are many new narrow gauge buildings announced that are "slate themed". I like the look of the new slate built engine shed:

(http://i64.tinypic.com/28uljb5.jpg)

Am hoping that Bachmann will announce a narrow gauge engine shed for the Thomas line that is shorter in length, but consists of two stalls, as discussed earlier in this thread.

The same can be said for the newly announced narrow gauge slate worker's cottage:

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2ec2phh.jpg)

It has a nice rectangular shape to it, but I still completely agree with Plow Bender on that the one from the episode "Bulldog" has a very special look to it. I can't explain what it is though:

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2ztj6sw.png)  

I also wonder if this means that there is greater chance that the Bachmann Thomas resin building range will have some new additions this year too. Unfortunately, just like everything else recently discussed, I don't have my hopes up high, but would love to be pleasantly surprised too.


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: Plow_Bender on January 17, 2019, 05:53:31 PM
I think part of what makes the Workman's Cottage stick out amongst other structures is its small size and the landscape surrounding it.  It's not much different than your rustic log cabins out in the woods, only in that case you're not having to deal with the 9PM to Houndslow rumbling by and rattling the windows.

(http://www.derekconant.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/great-smoky-mountains-cabins-unique-historic-log-cabin-in-the-smoky-mountains-wallpaper-of-great-smoky-mountains-cabins.jpg)

I'm on the same page wondering if the newest additions to the UK line may be an insight into some welcome additions to the resin buildings range as well, but at the same time I'm trying not to count my eggs before they hatch.  One thing's for sure, the 2019 announcements can't get here soon enough.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: tfw101 on May 13, 2019, 04:32:40 AM
here is my bachmann thomas & friends 2020 requestes.

HO scale:
1. daisy
2. diesel 10 (with movable claw)
3. boco
4. lady
5. stanley
6. Stepney
7. LBSC thomas
8. black james
9. flying scotsman
10. D261 (bowler)

rolling stock:
1. the red express coaches (redesined)
2. troublesme truck 6 (https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ttte/images/e/e9/VanModel.png/revision/latest?cb=20171103111431)
3. the breakdown crane (judy & jerome)
4. the works unit coach
5. rocky
6. quarry trucks (with load)
7. china clay trucks (with load)
8. henrietta (with face)

Narrow Gauge
1. Peter Sam
2. duncan
3. break vans (red blue & brown)
4.  green tan coaches (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8cdEAQV0AEpiLm.jpg)

N Scale
James
Tankers
Spiteful Brake Van

Large Scale
LBSC Thomas
Red Circus Van
Blue Circus Van
henrietta (with face)


Title: Re: Suggestions for the Thomas Resin Building Range
Post by: JLK2707 on May 13, 2019, 08:07:40 AM
Nice! Sounds just so cool! :)